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Austin L.

Austin L.

Joined on 03/05/16

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Most Favorable Review

Great CPU for the price

AMD A6-7400K Kaveri Dual-Core 3.5 GHz Socket FM2+ 65W AD740KYBJABOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R5
AMD A6-7400K Kaveri Dual-Core 3.5 GHz Socket FM2+ 65W AD740KYBJABOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R5

Pros: Runs cool and quiet. Paired with a 1GB HD video card and the graphics capabilities are impressive for a CPU of this caliber. Much easier to integrate older OS-es in this build than my previous Intel configuration. The availability of backwards-compatible drivers was an unexpected plus. Heat-sink design installs easy and doesn't cause interference with other components.

Cons: None to list.

Overall Review: If you're looking for a low-cost, reliable build with good (but not great) speed and graphics capability, look no further.

Good Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3HP (rev. 1.0) FM2+ AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3HP (rev. 1.0) FM2+ AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Easy to set up, I really like that the connections on the board all have printed lettering telling you what they are. It makes everything so much easier rather than having to thumb through the manual to find all the right diagrams and hope you're reading them correctly. Works well, and the BIOS interface is well thought out. BIOS features are plentiful and easily customized to run everything from Windows 8 all the way back through Windows 98. Paired with AMD A6-7400K Kaveri processor, and it is fast and runs quiet and cool. I have only one system fan and the CPU runs consistently at 50°C. Graphics capability quite impressive when paired with 1GB HD graphics card. This certainly isn't a supercomputer, but for the cost of the hardware, it is very effective.

Cons: Layout could be better, with a video card installed it is nearly impossible to remove the hard drive without first removing the video card. The top slot being the PCIe slot makes for some interference. I have a large desktop case, I can't imagine the difficulty that would come if attempting to stuff this in a mini case. I had issues when first trying to install an OS on the new build I created with this motherboard. When I moved the RAM chips to slots 2 and 4 instead of 1 and 3, this fixed the issue. It explains in the manual to try that if having issues, and it did work, but that still doesn't quite make sense.

Overall Review: Overall, I'm pleasantly satisfied with the operation of this motherboard. If you're looking to make a decent, inexpensive build and don't mind that it isn't blow-your-pants-off fast, pick this to build from.