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Harold J.

Harold J.

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Most Favorable Review

sensible performer

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: ·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.

Most Critical Review

Happy XP Pro x64 - Sad OpenSuse 10.3 x64

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio VARPAK 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio VARPAK 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

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."

11/12/2007

Above Average

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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.

too much ego

AMD Opteron 185 - Opteron Denmark Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket 939 110W Processor - OSA185CDBOX
AMD Opteron 185 - Opteron Denmark Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket 939 110W Processor - OSA185CDBOX

Pros: This is the best available socket 939 processor.

Cons: expensive

Overall Review: I couldn't wait for the Phenoms and the 4400 was tweaked due to overclocking.

11/12/2007

goes on smooth

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G

Pros: 1. Good quantity 2. Smooth application 3. Transfers heat

Cons: expensive

Overall Review: This was acquired to replace the poor thermal compound included the the Master Cooler Gemini heat sink. An application guide would be helpful.

11/12/2007

cable happy

OKGEAR 24" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Right Angle W/Metal Latch, Black, Backward Compatible with 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps
OKGEAR 24" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Right Angle W/Metal Latch, Black, Backward Compatible with 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps

Pros: The cable is long.

Cons: none

Overall Review: This cable works well for attaching a hard drive in a deep enclosure where the HDDs are far from the motherboard.

11/12/2007