Joined on 02/12/05
Pros: ·Eight cores ·125W ·L2 Cache: 4 x 2MB ·L3 Cache: 8MB
Cons: ·S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Lost Alpha killed/cooked core 0 of my Phenom II 955. The FX-8350 seemed like a good replacement but ran S.T.A.L.K.E.R. less efficiently than the Phenom II 955. The solution was to purchase Process Lasso. What a difference that made!!! The FX-8350 went from being a tremendous disappointment to being a true performer. AMD should really consider bundling that software with their CPUs.
Overall Review: ·This was a nice upgrade from a quad core Phenom II 955. ·To make the processor perform better than the Phenom II 955 quad core I purchased Process Lasso.
Happy XP Pro x64 - Sad OpenSuse 10.3 x64
Pros: 1. This card provides better audio quality than an integrated ALC882. 2. Windows XP Pro x64 is supported.
Cons: Linux is not supported.
Overall Review: Creative, thank you for providing XP 64 support. Please share more information with the ALSA-project. From ALSA, "Creative actively preventing support due to no datasheets being released to ALSA developers."
Pros: ·The AMD SB950 was able to recognize the RAID0 array from my Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P -making for a very smooth migration. (I still used the Windows PE to create an image of the original partitions though as a precaution.) ·Compatible with RAM from the Socket AM3 system (I was able to re-use my old RAM).
Cons: ·PS/2 device detection is problematic (e.g. a PS/2 mouse was identified as a keyboard). After a few weeks of being plugged in, the PS/2 mouse was finally recognized -automagically. ·Disabling the BIOS full-screen logo doesn't hide the American Megatrends BIOS splash. (I want to see BIOS info during POST -not splash screens.) ·Only one integrated NIC.
Overall Review: It was sad to purchase stagnated technology. (I'm referring to AMD processors and the lack of innovation due to the slump in the PC market.) Yet, it made more sense to acquire an AM3+ motherboard rather than replacing my cooked Phenom II 955 CPU. This is my third Gigabyte motherboard in a row (socket 939, AM3, AM3+) I'm satisfied with the quality and look forward to their future products once AMD does something.