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This review is from: ASRock A780GMH/128M AM3/AM2+ AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Pretty decent features. Purchased in 2009 for a friend's computer. Was running some X2 chip, but was upgraded with an Athlon II X4 AM3 CPU a few years back, and Win7 64-bit. Has stood the test of time. Not overclocked. Update: Now running with 4x4GB (16GB total) of that cheap Chinese "high-density" DDR2. Using Hynix-branded sticks, not the generic ones. Tried those before, and had issues. Planning on adding a SATA6G PCI-E card. Also currently using a GT610 video card, as the onboard is no longer supported in current Win7 64-bit drivers.
Cons: Something about "Hardware Acceleration" in Flash Player wasn't working (glitchy blocks in videos from YouTube and Twitch.tv), and so had to be disabled. Not a huge loss as the quad-core CPU had enough grunt to decode videos, but the rig will probably never be able to play Blu-Ray silky smoothly.
Sound now occasionally cuts out. Unsure if software or hardware problem.
Other Thoughts: At the time, this seemed like a solid purchase, and it has held up pretty well. However, it only has solid caps for the CPU power delivery section, and electrolytics everywhere else, and I think that they may be starting to go.
If I were buying today, in 2014, I would not get any board that didn't have ALL solid caps. My Gigabyte P35-DS3R board (with all solid caps) was purchased in 2007, two of them, and both are still going strong overclocked, running 100% 24/7.
Pros: GREAT little chip. I haven't tried gaming on it, and I've heard that no matter how fast, dual-cores will stutter in GTA V and W3, but that's not why I built my system. I paired it with an ASRock Z170 Pro4S, 2x4GB Avexir DDR4-2400 RAM, and the newest 2.90 UEFI/BIOS version. Then, I simply boosted the BLCK to 130.0, the vcore to Fixed, 1.300v, and the RAM to 2600 speed. Coupled with a Samsung SM951 PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 AHCI 128GB SSD, it completes a Malwarebytes scan in a little over a minute! Now that's fast!
Even not overclocked, in an Asus H110M-A board, and using the HD 510 iGPU, they web browse nice and smooth. (Don't forget the SSD!)
Cons: Not 100% trouble-free with the SKY OC, can't use the iGPU or power-saving features of the CPU with a BCLK OC, and had one BSOD, but that's life.
Other Thoughts: These are great little CPUs, for web browsing. For gaming, be aware of the limitations of a dual-core, and that many modern games now require a quad-core not to stutter.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast. At least, in real-world tasks. Not sure about benchmarks. Boots my Windows 7 quite fast. A complete Malwarebyte scan takes under 3 minutes.
Cons: Well, it's SandForce, 2nd-gen. Who knows what bugs still lurk in the firmware, or how reliable this drive will be long-term. (Because of SandForce bugs.)
Other Thoughts: So far, so good. Bought several of these new on the bay. But this drive just having one 1-egg review on Newegg kind of bugged me. These seem like OK, if not decent, drives.READ FULL REVIEW