Joined on 05/22/08
Pros: Very well balanced processor. Handles multitasking with ease and gaming with no problems.
Cons: Wish it was easier to install with the M3N-HT mobo but getting one the wrong initial BIOS is a headache. That's ASUS's fault though, not AMD.
Overall Review: My rig: Phenom 9850 BE, Asus M3N-HT Delux Mobo, NZXT Apollo case with the Sentry 1, 4GB OCZ Platinum DDR2 1066 RAM, EVGA 8800GT SC, OCZ 700 Watt GameXtreme PSU, OCZ Vendetta heat sink, Maxtor 500GB HDD
Haven't they fixed the BIOS issues yet?
Pros: When the first would actually boot it was great. Express Gate is an awesome feature. The EZFlash utility is easy to use.
Cons: The first Mobo I received had a faulty voltage regulator and would only rarely boot up. Asus's tech support (after waiting 4 hours to call back) finally identified the problem and advised to RMA it. The second one I received gave me the old no video signal. Tech support (this time it took them 6 hours to get back to me) told me where the shipped with BIOS code was printed and lo and behold I had 0603. They said that basically it was the luck of the draw with which one I would receive and the only option was to RMA with newegg and hope for either an earlier or later BIOS revision to ship or send it to them at my cost to flash there and wait up to 10 business days once received to ship back. As newegg will only take about a week and a half to get it to me.
Overall Review: You would think for the $$ people spend on this thing they would at least offer good tech support.
Pros: Once I got it installed and booted up I reinstalled Nvidia GeForce Experience and the drivers and had to reinstall PrecisionX. I ran the fans up to 100 just to check the volume and man are they loud. That's not a negative as the card doesn't run hot enough to really need it consistently. I pulled up CS:GO on max settings and it never hit 40 degrees. Over 200 FPS, completely stock no OC'ing. The GTX 680ti I upgraded from would be high 60s with lower settings. We will see how it handles Arkham Knight and some other games tomorrow.
Cons: Installing the back plate only requires removing 7 screws but one in the corner requires a nut on the other side. The stock screw is a bit too short to screw in properly with the added thickness of the back plate.
Overall Review: My rig: Processor - AMD FX(tm) 4300 Quad Core CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Memory - 8GB GSkill Sniper DDR3 12800 (2 x 4GB) Mobo - ASUS M5A99FX ProR2.0 GPU - EVGA GTX 970 SSC PSU - EVGA 750W Case - Antec 900