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AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-Core 4.7GHz Socket AM3+ 220W Desktop Processor - Black Edition FD9590FHHKWOF
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Obscenely fast, of course.

Cons: Heat. Not big surprise.

Other Thoughts: I hoped to get by on air cooling initially, but that was a serious no-go. I had a monstrous air cooler and a case that moves a ton of air. It wasn't near enough to last 45 seconds on OCCT. The rate of temperature increase was still at a steep incline when it hit 75C and locked up.

Replaced the air cooling and case with the H100i and the CoolerMaster HAF XB EVO, and everything is nicely under control. Temps don't creep above mid 50s, even under extreme load.

Coupled with a 780GTX, and not a single game stutters below 60FPS on any setting.

Newegg rocks. The end.

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Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 8 Intel Atom 2GB LPDDR Memory 32GB 8.0
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The device is lightweight and thin. Also zippy enough to run most anything you throw at it, within reason. Battery life is ok, and the screen is nice and bright, with decent contrast.

The thing I like most about this is it's an x86 type processor, with the full Windows OS, not the mobile OS. This means it runs pretty much anything, provided it's suited for touch screen, or provided you hook a proper keyboard/mouse up to it.

In a pinch, I've been able to use this in place of a laptop for just about everything.

Cons: The device is lightweight and thin, so it's flimsy. I wasn't expecting milled aluminum, but I would have liked something closer to, say, Nexus 7 construction, which is plastic as well, but sturdy.

Other Thoughts: Adding an SD card is a must. Fresh out of the box, it has only about 10GB free on the in-built storage.

Just for giggles, I plugged in a 360 controller and installed Borderlands 2. No joke, it ran. Lowest settings produced playable framerates.

I'm not sure if it works with all powered USB hubs, but when plugged in to mine, the tablet will also charge.

Overall, I am pleased with this device, especially for the price.

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AMD A10-5700 Trinity Quad-Core 3.4GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD5700OKHJBOX
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: My goal with this chip was to build a micro gaming machine. Mission accomplished. Plays most games on highest settings quite well. The more demanding games (Skyrim, etc) I bump down to 720p with no AA, but it does much better than I anticipated.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The case I put it in measures about 8.5" x 7.5" x 2.5" (yup. Two and a half inches tall), and I used the stock cooler with it. In order to make the temperature behave, I had to make a plastic baffle that guided the air in from the top of the case and out the side. Without this, the machine ran way too hot. With it, the machine under heavy load does not creep above 54C.

Occasionally I'll drag it to LAN parties (sometimes with the 42" TV), and nobody can believe the power the little box has. It's just a little bigger than most wireless routers, and half the size of any current-gen console.

The stuff:
A10-5700
ASRock FM2A85X-ITX
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400
Mini-Box M350 Mini ITX Case
Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT240GB mSATA 240GB SATA III SSD
192W External PSU

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Jeremiah C.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeremiah C.

Date Joined: 04/03/08

  • Reviews: 30
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  • First Review: 03/11/09
  • Last Review: 05/07/14
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