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Joseph E.

Joseph E.

Joined on 07/28/07

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent !!!

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 04G-P4-2983-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, 26% Cooler and 36% Quieter Cooling Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 04G-P4-2983-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, 26% Cooler and 36% Quieter Cooling Graphics Card

Pros: I got this card to replace 2 EVGA GTX-760 2gb in SLI configuration and it blows them away!!!! The GTX-760's would bog down to under 20fps while performing planetary landings in ED: Horizons but this card is smooth as butter always staying above 60fps. I had to turn down my mouse sensitivity in BF4 because fast changes to POV (ie; moving mouse to look hard left or right quickly - texture caching load time delay) doesn't bog this card down like it did to the 760's. It runs a lot cooler also - 23-26c @idle and 56c max so far that I've seen - I do use MSI Afterburner with a rather aggressive fan curve,...and fits perfectly in a mid size ATX case like the NZXT Source 210 (also available here on Newegg) Silly smooth when coupled with a 144hz monitor too!!!

Cons: No one sells these on a 2 for the price of 1 deal =8(

Overall Review: Buy it - There isn't any better except a Ti which runs about $150 more Yes I want another one for SLI

Most Critical Review

Cool

SilenX EFZ-100HA2 100mm 3rd generation fluid dynamic bearing Effizio CPU Cooler
SilenX EFZ-100HA2 100mm 3rd generation fluid dynamic bearing Effizio CPU Cooler

Pros: Low profile, easy to seat, Keeps my OC'd AMD Phenom x4 980 cpu below 50c

Cons: Not 4 pin so not variable speed. Cooling fins can be easily bent & had to modify it to fit over memory heatsinks on micro atx board. Used a dremel with a grinder head to grind out about 1/8th inch where the fins meet the mem heatsinks.

Overall Review: If anyone is stupid enough to cut themselves by handling this fan, they should not be allowed to be in possession of anything sharp at all.

AMD FX-8350 re-reviewed

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: I've had this CPU for almost a year now and have never had any issues whatsoever, so I'm still a 100% happy camper. Using clock multipliers and upping the memory speed just a bit I run an everyday OC of 4.46ghz, not that I really need it anyways. 2 suggestions for this CPU - Ditch the stock cooler, and research all of your computer parts to make sure they can handle this beasty before you buy.

Cons: Not really a con, but something folks should be aware of; AMD has provided the stock cooler for exactly 1 reason - to provide the minimum possible cost cooling solution so they don't have to assume any liability for a burnt chip. Regardless of any potential warranty forfeiture, I highly recommend ditching the stock cooler and using a non-AMD cooling solution, and at only 200 bucks its well worth the gamble to "outsource" the cooling solution on this CPU. In fact, many people have reported excellent low temperatures using liquid. I use a liquid CPU cooler and will never go back to air alone. 46c is the max temp I've seen so far but that was in a hot room running benchmarks all day.

Overall Review: Some folks have reported low frame rates with this CPU, but I have not experienced any such anomaly, at least with my setup. I play BF4 @ 1080p ultra settings and my average frame-rate is 70-120+fps on 64player maps. My system WEI's at 7.8 (the HDD's are the reason it isn't a max of 7.9) My rig's current list of ingredients; AMD FX-8350 (4.46ghz everyday OC) ASUS Crosshair V Formula Z mobo 16gigs G-Skill Ripjaws 1866 memory 2x EVGA GTX-760 SC 2gb graphics cards in SLI RAIDMAX RX-1000watt fully modular gold power supply CORSAIR 128gb sata 3 SSD 2x WESTERN DIGITAL 500gb 7200rpm HDD's in RAID 3x140mm fans 3x 120mm fans CORSAIR H-60 all in one liquid cooling system NZXT Sentry 2 touchscreen can controller NZXT Source 210 mid ATX case - white for that clean bright look (would you believe $39.99 at WWW.NEWEGG.COM?)

RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850 W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850 W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Modular, quiet, stable, well built, and well equipped with a good variety of cables, ties, etc. for a clean case. Apparently Raidmax switched to a much better manufacturer for their PSUs and it shows with this line.

Cons: none so far

Overall Review: AMD Phemon II X4 980 BE 3.7ghz Asus/ROG Crosshair V Formula 990X 2x 4gb G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 2x Gigabyte GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460 in SLI Raidmax RX-850AE 850watt Gold 80+ Certified Modular PSU Corsair Hydro H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooling System 2x 500gb sata HDD's 1x Asus DVD/CD/RW burner 6x 120mm constant velocity 80cfm fans NZXT Source 210 Mid Tower ATX Case

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AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDZ980FBK4DGM
AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDZ980FBK4DGM

Pros: Rediculously fast compared to my last AMD cpu (Athlon x2 5400)

Cons: None

Overall Review: System specs; AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition ASRock 880GM-LE AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Mobo GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ANTEC Neo-HE 550watt Modular Power Supply 2x 500gb SATA HDD's 2x DVD R/W burners NZXT Source 210 S210-002 White ATX Mid Tower Case

As advertized, they work

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Pros: Works as advertized,.. No issues - plugged em in and away I went.

Cons: Heatsinks are too tall for some CPU heatsink/micro ATX mobo combinations. Had to modify(grind some away) my CPU heatsink to make it fit w/o contacting the memory heatsinks.

Overall Review: System specs; AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition ASRock 880GM-LE AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Mobo GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ANTEC Neo-HE 550watt Modular Power Supply 2x 500gb SATA HDD's 2x DVD R/W burners NZXT Source 210 S210-002 White ATX Mid Tower Case