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Love It 02/09/2014
I love this processor. It is an absolute workhorse! 8 cores of pure awesomeness. I replaced an AMD 1055t hexcore processor and I'm extremely happy that I did. I picked this up while on sale and after receiving a gift card so I got it for next to nothing.
Me being me, immediately overclocked this processor (by hand, none of that "easy overclock") and pumped up the clock to 4414Mhz without any stability issues. I tried going higher, but I was running into heat issues (only using a 120mm radiator) I have no doubt when I upgrade my cooling to a 240mm rad I will be able to overclock, possibly even attain 5.0Ghz!
Even if you are not thinking about overclocking this chip is a good buy, it is priced much more realistically than it's counterpart from Intel. Do yourself a favor and get this chip and a good motherboard for the price of the chip alone from Intel.
Before upgrading to this processor my computer used about 300 Watts at idle, and almost 600 Watts under full stress testing load (AMD 1055t Processor and 1 x Sapphire HD 6850). After putting this processor in, and 2 x Asus HD 7850 graphics cards in crossfire, my computer idles at just under 250 Watts, and maxes out at almost 650 Watts under load.
Kudos to AMD to making their products more conservative on power usage!
Also I've been using the same encapsulated water cooling solution that I've had for the last three or so years coming from the AM3 socket to AM3+. I like the fact that basically all coolers are backwards compatible with AMD's socket design. For instance I took the cooler that came with the 8320 and put it on my spare computer that has an AM3 socket. Works just fine.
This chip, as with all AMD products, run hot and are power mongers. If you plan on overclocking you WILL need to have aftermarket cooling. Which in my opinion is absolutely worth it. No need spending the extra $50 on the 8350 when this will overclock past that.
While I see the power consumption as an issue, AMD is making great strides in making their processors more power conservative. That being said, I would really like to see them move away from the 32nm process and 125w TDP.
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