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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Pretty fast! I can boot Windows 8.1 in under 10 seconds. Gaming load times are all network or server lag.

Cons: I should've gotten bigger. 120GB (or even 2x 120GB) fills up fast!

Other Thoughts: 450MB max sequential read and write? That might be hard to get in real life, so I bought two and set them up in a stripe (RAID-0) and get 550MB minimum read and write! I highly recommend that for these drives.

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ASRock 990FX Extreme9 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This board has lots of features, both physically on the board and within the BIOS. 2-digit LED output next to on-board power and reset buttons. BIOS has every overclocking setting I've ever heard of along with lots of other options for power management, booting, and cooling control and monitoring. My favorite feature is the Clear CMOS button on the back panel!!!

Cons: Temps from programs like coretemp do not read the same as the BIOS... in fact, they read much much lower than actual. This makes using live monitoring software that sits nicely in the system tray useless. A program may read the CPU at 30°C when it's actually at 50°C, which could be devastating! ASRock provides software for monitoring accurately, but that software does not provide the flexibility that others do, such as background monitoring. (Decided not to remove an egg for this, since other AM3 boards are affected.)

Other Thoughts: There's some throttling that happens when the processor or board get hot enough. This cannot be disabled, but it's for safety reasons. I read in another review that a little airflow over the VRM's may prevent this, but I haven't confirmed. The throttling hasn't been bad enough to concern me.

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AMD FX-9370 Vishera 8-Core 4.4GHz Socket AM3+ 220W FD9370FHHKBOF Desktop Processor - Black Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Call it the "Enthusiast Processor" 02/23/2015

This review is from: AMD FX-9370 Vishera 8-Core 4.4GHz Socket AM3+ 220W FD9370FHHKBOF Desktop Processor - Black Edition

Pros: Incredible performance for the price! Personal benchmarks show it well above i5 chips at the same price and close to some i7' chips (without overclocking) that are 30% more expensive!

Cons: Be warned: This beast puts out heat! (220 watt TDP)

Other Thoughts: If you're not sure your motherboard supports it, get the 8370. If you're not ready to water cool, get the 8370. If you don't know about proper airflow and static pressure, or you don't want to run the risk of melting a motherboard and processor, go with the 8370. I love this processor, but it is hot and requires both a motherboard that supports 220w TDP and cooler capable of easily moving 220 watts of heat.

That said, if you want the power that this has to offer and are willing to do the homework to get what's necessary to support it, this little hulk will not disappoint! (ex. ASRock 990FX Extreme9 mobo with a Corsair Hydro H110 cooler is what I use)

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Benjamin W.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin W.

Date Joined: 12/15/09

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 10/08/11
  • Last Review: 04/18/15
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