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Pros: Simple swap installation. It was a painless upgrade from an AMD Phenom II 970. Runs 4-cores @ 4.2GHz stock!
Great price, and great mailing service. My computer was up and zooming two-days after ordering.
Other Thoughts: I foresee good things from this CPU. MB: Gigabyte 990 FXA UD3, with a two-fan 92mm Noctua CPU cooler. The CPU was 23c twenty minutes in. So-far 4.2 is it. Overclocking has not been possible.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-D9L 92mm SSO2 Low-profile Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A9 PWM Fans
Pros: Size, 92 mm fan, was just right for my usage. AMD FX 6300 up from 3.5 to 4.0. After my computer being on over 5-hours, the CPU temp is 28c. How cool is that!
Other Thoughts: Gigabyte 990FXA motherboard, AMD FX 6300 CPU, XFX R 380 graphics, and a Mushkin 240 GB SSD in Fractals superb Design 4 ATX case with window.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The product cam with the patented Noctua ease of installation but, the temperature range from case to CPU was 8-C. It was 0-1 on the last Nocuta with twin 92 mm fans. Believe it, or not, the stock cooler on the AMD FX-6300 was surprisingly not far off that that. It was just too-loud for me revving up all the time.
Cons: The not sure part.
Other Thoughts: I would still recommend Noctua, just not this one. I wanted the smaller than 120 fan but a 92-mm in the middle did not seem like a good idea. That is also the area where good heat transfer is needed most, and the heat pipe design gets the plastic case of the fan for a helper. I use a Fractal Design-4 case, and a quieter computer stays behind the music from an excellent Corsair SP-2500 2.1 sound system.READ FULL REVIEW