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Pros: I had to get a new SSD as my 128GB Crucial M4 that I've had for over three years was starting to get full and noticed a lag. Being older technology, the M4 is slower than the newer SSd drives. So I decided to go ahead and update.
This drive is almost double the speed of the old M4. At twice the capacity, this drive was $75 cheaper than what I paid for the old M4.
Installation was very easy and the migration software worked excellent. This new drive being the C drive was easy to install and easy to get Windows 7 and Ubuntu loaded. Went very fast and everything worked perfectly after migration.
I noticed right away my computer boots faster after the bios does its thing. I also noticed that the programs were loading faster and also that my internet surfing was much faster as Firefox was quicker by about 25%.
All other programs such as Gimp and Open Office open way faster than before. Audacity opens in less than 5 seconds.
Cons: None at all.
Other Thoughts: This drive is a great improvement over previous versions.
Faster than even the top end Samsungs of just a few months ago.
Having smaller SSD's in the past, 250 GB is about the lowest capacity I would recommend having. Windows and many other programs are kind of bloated and when an SSD starts to get full, they do slow down a bit.
I highly recommend this drive.
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.
Display Name: Steven T.
Date Joined: 08/05/09
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