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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: After my watercooled I7 4600K died, I decided to get back to AMD as in my computing history, the AMD 955 chip and the Gigabyte motherboard was the most reliable I have owned.
The 8350 came out and so I decided to get it along with this motherboard. Best decision I've made in a while.
I've been running this mother board and the 8350 24/7 since it was put together with just a few hours off.
I do some crypto currency mining and it takes a lot of time to do mining so I wanted the most reliable motherboard I could find. So far, this motherboard has performed flawlessly.
The layout it pretty good. Lots of room for video cards and a sound card. I've updated the Bios and everything works just fine.
I've noticed that I have not noticed the loss of the I7 Intel set up.
This mother board with the 8350 has taken the place of the Intel set up and I have no regrets.
Cons: None at all. I've owned several Gigabyte products and every one has been great.
Other Thoughts: Iceland jailed its bankers and the people wrote a new constitution to prevent corporations from taking control of government ever again. We in the US should do the same. Iceland's economy is now a wonder of the world and they are no longer in debt to the banksters.
The Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 is a really nice motherboard. Is it perfect? No.....but it does do what it needs to do and does it every day 24/7 with no complaints.
Pros: I have owned the 8350 now for a little over 6 months and it has performed everything I have asked of it. I highly recommend this CPU. I previously ran an I7 2600K and while it was a great CPU, it died after my water cooling system broke down in the middle of the night. I ran it overclocked @ 4.9Ghz 24/7.
The AMD FX8350 is my second AMD CPU. I once owned a 955 and ran it for several years without a problem. So I wanted to try the 8350 after reading the reviews.
The FX8350 has made me realize that paying a lot more for the Intel CPU's is not good economic sense in today's world.
The AMD motherboards are usually about half the cost of the Intel motherboards and AMD has wisely kept the motherboard issue at bay with the continuation of the AM3 / AM3+ series. Upgrading a CPU should not mean that you need to gut your computer and buy a new motherboard. AMD got it right with the AMD3+.
For all that own the FX8350 and other FX CPU's, if you are running Windows 7, there is a hotfix that is available from Microsoft that allows your 8350 to use all cores. Previously, Windows 7 had a problem with utilizing all 8 cores. With the hotfix, I have noticed an increase in speed and the computer runs much smoother. Google AMD Hotifx for more info.
Cons: None what so ever.
Other Thoughts: Microsoft will send you an e-mail with the hotfix download for the AMD FX8350. It will be a zipped file. Just run it and you will see better performance with the hotfix.
With all the great reviews, more and more programmers will be writing programs that will utilize the AMD CPU.
With the economy the way it is, AMD CPU's make more sense than ever before.
This review is from: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm Case cooler
Pros: I bought this fan with the idea of using it on back of my HAF X case as I did not like the stock fan.
I love the rubber mounts and they work great in keeping fan noise way down while moving a ton of air.
I am running a Phanteks PH TC14PE CPU cooler and have the rear case fan pushing cool air into the back of the Cooler.
I have 4 fans running on the Phanteks and it keeps my CPU nice and cool. I never go above 47C even when overclocking my AMD 8350 at 4.9 GHZ.
This fan has performed flawlessly in the over a year it has been used. That is 365/24/7 days a week. I have had other high end fans die on me but this fan keeps on going.
I use a fan controller when not overtaxing my system so the fan is really quiet unless I crank it up full blast. Even then, it still is a lot quieter than many other fans I have used.
Cons: None at all.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a case fan that moves a lot of air and lasts a long time, then this is your fan.
I have become jaded with Noctua products as I will not use any other fans. I have had nothing but problems with so many other fans and this fan plus all the other Noctuas in my case have been perfect.