Date Joined: 01/16/13
Pros: I was looking for a board with room to upgrade. For this, I wanted:
1. 2 PCI-E slots running at x16
2. Plenty of overclocking headroom
This board supplies both of those things. The UEFI BIOS is both sleek and detailed, and overclocking this thing was a breeze, with plenty of unlockable features that give you lots of headroom, while also down-clocking CPU cores not in use to around 1.4 GHz when the applicable setting is enabled, saving me on my power bill.
The audio is also pretty slick. Once I started listening to music on my new PC, I haven't been able to go back to my laptop.
Cons: Do note that when you tell the BIOS to automatically set RAM frequencies, it sets them to 1333 mhz regardless of the RAM. Was a simple change for it to properly run my 1600 mhz sticks.
Also, this is just a really minor OCD complaint, but the plastic sheet/outline thing that goes over the plugs in the back doesn't completely lie flush, and sticks out just a tad bit in the center. Doesn't effect anything in the slightest, just annoying in the most minimal way possible, and felt like mentioning it.
Overall Review: A great and solid board for the money. Only time will tell how long it lasts me, but it's well built and competitive with higher-end boards for a great price.
Pros: Runs great, makes Nvidia features accessible without sacrificing performance or power. Maxes out everything but the absolute most recent titles. Runs BF3 on Ultra, BF4 on High. Great card, great price, great size, great power consumption, not much to complain about.
Cons: One weakness of the card to look out for is the fact that it has a 192-bit Memory Interface. What this basically means for you is that when tweaking graphical settings, anti-aliasing settings have the biggest impact on frame-rates. Turning on MSAA practically halves the framerate on some games.
It still burns through just about any other visual effect like Tessellation and Ambient Occlusion, and if you're willing to stick with FXAA, you can still get some great performance out of this card.
Pros: Fun game. Story is crazy and full of twists and turns, and Elizabeth's character is well done. Colombia is an awesome and fun environment to explore.
Oh, and this is just a Steam key, so it works fine on any PC OS/Platform, as long as you can install Steam on it.
Cons: Plot is kinda convoluted near the end, although with a bit of reading online I was surprised how well everything really tied together, and how much everything was forshadowed throughout the earlier parts of the game.
Pros: I put together my first PC (built for gaming purposes) with this thing, and I couldn't resist the price. Installation was easy, fan went on without a hitch. Thermal paste comes pre-applied, making installation effortless.
Now that my machine is running, I absolutely love this thing. Multitasking has virtually no impact on performance, and it rivals and even beats some modern i5's in multi-threaded programs.
Many people will swear by Intel when it comes to gaming, but most games that really need all that much processing power these days (i.e. Battlefield) are well multithreaded. Paired this with a 660ti, and I get awesome framerates maxing out just about anything I throw at this thing at 1080p. The only game I've played that has really significantly bottlenecked this thing is Starcraft II (due to it only being optimized for 4 cores), and things never really reach the point of unplayability even when the action gets crazy.
I love the hell out of this thing, and highly recommend to anybody else looking to save quite a few bucks on their CPU without sacrificing performance.
Cons: I opened up AMD Overdrive to see how this thing runs, and I noticed that in really CPU-intensive applications, the turbo boost seems to peak around 3.8 GHz on each core. Not sure what the issue is here. Not exactly a huge problem since it's an unlocked multiplier, meaning you're free to manually set it as high as you want, but just seems odd.
Overall Review: Overall, very satisfied with this CPU. You can obviously do a fair amount better with Intel, but not without paying nearly double the price.