Joined on 04/22/04
No more waiting
Pros: No more waiting. This thing cruises with Vista and CPU meter in mmc is low while I do several things at once. Low wattage/heat. I intend to do some video editing but have not as of yet due to my version 8 s/w not listed on the maker's website as Vista compatible.
Overall Review: This is the one to get. If you do your homework you will find it has lower power consumption and larger L2 cache then the other AMD's in this league.
Pros: It Rocks! Mine is running Win7u and the Windows experience rating is 7.9 out of a possible 7.9 attached to an Intel 6Gb/s controller on a Gigaxxxx mobo. Boot up is speedy. Large enough for all my programs and two boot partitions - I keep data on a pair of RAID1 spinning HDD's.
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: still trying to find the cons...
Great graphics for non-gamers
Pros: Super fast. Great graphics - it has been written that the biggest improvement in this processor for most of the extra transistors is the graphics unit. It does not disappoint - I don't play games on my computer and have no desire to purchase dedicated video card(s). Windows7u performace rating from 1 to 7.9 with GA z77x-ud5h and 32GB ram and Intel 520Cherryville ssd: Processor - 7.8 Memory - 7.9 Graphics - 6.6 GameGraphics - 6.6 PrimaryHDD - 7.9
Cons: A bit pricey. It only rated 7.8 out of 7.9 Win7u performance.
Overall Review: I always wished I could afford a top-shelf cpu but always had to settle for middle-of-the-pack until now. I suspect that I will be speed-competitive for the next several years.
This is the only choice if you have extra cash
Pros: Fantastic build. HDD lights do indicate activity for each individual drive. Only two ide power connectors required for 4 drives. Makes great use of old laptop drives that I have outgrown. I now have easily swappable O.S. drives. Much easier than opening the case to test/swap drives.
Cons: A bit pricey ... but ... after reading reviews of the cheaper plastic ones I knew that those who can afford this one deserve to have it.
Overall Review: If they make a 3-bay unit with mem-card slots in the 4th bay then I would buy it and give this one away. Beware that it requires ide power connectors - not Sata power connectors so order convertors if you need them.
My 2nd Gigabyte - Happy Again
Pros: I stopped using that 'A'-company when I got mobos that didn't last 2 years without a problem. I still use my 5-year old Gigabyte GA M61P-S3 but have relegated it to be my WinXP machine (for special reasons). After 5 problem-free years I was only interested in another Gigabyte. This mobo is solid and does not disappoint. I use i7-3770 with 32gb of RAM and Intel 520 SSD Win7u on the 6Gb/s Intel port as my boot drive. The other ports are full of hdd's and dvd's. So far, so good - and I expect nothing less for the next 5 years.
Cons: no fdd port. had to pay for it. OK - that's really "None" for cons :)
Overall Review: haven't used the mSata b/c I bought a 6Gb/s SSD and the mSata is 3Gb/s.