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Pros: This is a great little processor. It performs exactly as advertised
Cons: The stock cooler is a waste of space in the box. No big deal because I never use stock coolers. There is a note in the AMD warranty that implies the warranty is void if you don't use the stock cooler. I can't comment on the enforcement of that, but if AMD (and I love AMD) is going to write such a provision, they should provide a usable cooler.
Other Thoughts: This is not a powerhouse CPU. AMD is not marketing it as such. That said, it handles video processing pretty well. It gets a little warm even with an good cooler.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Worked first time and has been absolutely stable. That's why I picked it, and that's what I got.
Other Thoughts: I'm not overclocking, and the CPU is mild performance wise. So if it wasn't "absolutely stable", I would be screaming.
CPU: AMD FX-6300
2X - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
ARCTIC Alpine 64 Pro Rev. 2 CPU Cooler
Pros: It is very quiet, and it cools my AMD CPU much better than the stock fan. Low profile does not torque the MB. Price was not a decision factor for my on this, but low cost is always good.
Cons: It barely fits in the AM3+ area on the MB. This makes it a little tricky to mount, but I got it in without any problems.
Other Thoughts: I am using it on an GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 with a AMD FX-6300. When I push the AMD FX-6300 hard, it gets a little warm, but always stays well within the CPUs limits. The AMD FX-6300 is rated a 95 watts. I wouldn't use this cooler for anything more.READ FULL REVIEW