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Pros: *Overclocks like a champ. got all the way to 4.6GhZ before being forced to adjust voltage (Might have got a strong chip), at the moment I am sitting at 5.1GhZ on this chip in one rig cooling with a Zalman LQ-310 waterblock in a push pull configuration. Mind you this is with BCLK stepped to 205. Voltage stepped 1.375 ---> 1.385, though I have pushed it .015 and been stable, anything beyond that do at your own risk.
Hottest it has ever hit in this configuration was 49( While running prime95), the TjMax for this chip is supposedly 70, but I wouldn't let it hit 60.
Is all in all a very nice CPU. Most likely the best bang for your buck outside APU's that is currently possible.
Cons: Where to begin AMD, these are not so much cons for the chip itself but overall....wishes...
The chip needs a bigger cache with more intelligent prefetching and dedicated ALU registers for each virtual core instead of one ALU register per physical core.
The chip needs a faster memory controller; the recommended 1866 RAM for this chip and the 990fx platform does the 2800MhZ hypertransport link and 2200MhZ(Stock) north bridge a disservice.
1866 DDR3 RAM's needed bandwidth over the host interface would be:
1866 (/3) X2
1866 / 3=622
1244MhZ over a 2200MhZ host interface..efficiency!
Memory controllers have always been a weak point of AMD, and there not being enough a quick enough transmitter between FPU/CPU and not enough ALU registers really diminishes this beast of a CPU's true potential. Using anything but premium ram will often cause the CPU to be just kinda chillin (For a few nanoseconds, that is..lol)
Other Thoughts: Overall, the negatives I listed here are probably jargon that you don't care about at all, here's what you want to hear:
This is a solid chip that I have put through hell; multiple watercooling setups, LN2/Dry ice benchmarks, extreme voltage/frequency/BCLK changes and it has not failed to impress, this thing has some serious survivability.
It's not the fastest CPU, you could absolutely buy an I7-4600k and it would blow this out of the water synthetically and more often than not realistically. However, this is a 100$ chip and that is a 1000$ chip. The Fx-6300 is absolutely worth every dollar spent and I cannot say the same of the 4600k.
I build computers for a living, and for fun.
Pros: *Pushes a good bit of air without being very loud, I don't know what others have experienced but these fans are essentially silent.
*Very cool Purple LED; the LED is not an overbearing purple either, it's not subtle, and not weak at the same time, good for someone who wants their case to look cool, but at the same time not be blinded at night by the LED's.
*Meter reads fans performing at Rated CFM after 6 months in a tunnel test.
*Feel sturdy compared to most random case fans.
Cons: This isn't a con to me but may be to some people;
The sleeve surrounding the fan is circular instead of the traditional square. Also the screw holes are separated, not combined in a single tube. Not a con for me, may be for you.
*Also is a 3 pin, not a 4 pin, so no PWM logic (Though you can manually control through speedfan etc. with a 3 pin), mine are spliced to molex.
Other Thoughts: Great fans, work fine after 6 months, not a single complaint.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Stays very cool, and overclocks like a champ. I made it from 900/1100 to 1150/1300 on the core/memory (respectively) without ever touching the voltage. Pitcairn is also one of the best cards for crossfire; it scales extremely well.
Cons: Voltage is locked on MSI afterburner; this is a huge problem for someone with similar intentions as I. I hit a wall at 1150/1300 even with wattage adjustments because I cannot raise the core voltage to prevent down-throttling past that. There are ways around that; but this I felt was a let down on MSI's part.
Other Thoughts: Other than the con noted this is a solid card, I've had no issues with Vdroop and even with no Vcore increase, my cores do not throttle in furmark even with this hefty overclock.
Would definitely recommend.