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Gurkan E.

Gurkan E.

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Most Favorable Review

Facts About This Processor

AMD Phenom X3 8750 Black Edition - Phenom X3 Toliman Triple-Core 2.4 GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Processor - HD875ZWCGHBOX
AMD Phenom X3 8750 Black Edition - Phenom X3 Toliman Triple-Core 2.4 GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Processor - HD875ZWCGHBOX

Pros: Very good overclocker; with my not so competitive setup (Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe, 4 GB Kingston Value Ram - PC-6400, GeForce 9600 GT), I was able to push it to 2913.43 MHz by changing only the multiplier to 14.5. The core voltage was at stock, and I do not like playing with it. Replaced an x2 5000+ OC to 3014 MHz, and the registered temp.s with my previous CPU was room temp + 19-20 degrees with Zerotherm BTF 92 OC edition cooler. With this one, the idle temps are room temp + 13-15 when OCd! The highest temps seen with this processor was 46 degrees, compared to x2 5000+'s 52-53, at room temps of 23 when running Prime95 under constant full load. This thermal behavior is amazing... Probably with an SB750 chipset MB, this may even go higher up to 3.2GHz range.

Cons: None from the processor, but from the Windows Vista (or XP as well as Google reveals!) itself. As soon as I upgrade the processor, and boot up into Vista, I received "Digital Cable device application registration Stopped Working" error, repeatedly every couple of minutes. When I Googled, it turned out to be a flaw of the Windows itself but not the processor, and solution was easy...

Overall Review: As one of the reviewers pointed out, I do not think there are many applications benefiting from four cores, but the triple core; aside from WMV (go figure). The facts with Everest are; - CPU Queen= x2 5000+ 9094 vs. x3 8750 11292 (+24%) - CPU Photoworxx= x2 5000+ 7363 vs x3 8750 13414 (+82%) - CPU Zlib= x2 5000+ 29104 vs. x3 8750 48302 (+66%) - CPU AES= x2 5000+ 6708 vs. x3 8750 12056 (+80%) - Futuremark Virtualmark= x2 5000+ 8700 vs. x3 8750 9900 (+14%) When x2 5000+ OCd to 3.0GHz vs x3 8750 OCd to 2.9GHz; - CPU Queen= 10466 vs. 13654 (+30%) - CPU Photoworxx= 7835 vs. 14162 (+81%) - CPU Zlib= 33970 vs. 58192 (+71%) - CPU AES= 7732 vs. 14415 (+86%) - Futuremark Virtualmark= 9800 vs. 11100 (+13%) Even at this current state, this CPU blows the streamline Intel dual core processors and combining the power with the latest SB750 MB, OCable RAM and HD4XXX graphics card will definitely give the user a straight winner! Until AMD releases its next gen quadcores, it is a very good se

10/31/2008
Most Critical Review

Unreliable and terrible drive

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast.

Cons: I purchased this drive on 5/22/2009, and on 8/21/2009 I had a SMART warning; reallocated sectors count was 1, meaning there is a bad sector reallocated to another sector on the hard drive. Today the count was up to 2, and I am waiting either to see the drive fail on me shortly or start an RMA process right away. If I RMA the drive, then probably Seagate will refurbish the drive and send it back to me, leaving me on square one. So, I will wait until it fails, and backing up all my data to "reliable" WD hard drives, working for years error free.

Overall Review: I do not think that I will ever buy Seagate again, and I should not have done it in the first place.

Forced to Write a Review Again

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I do not know what the fuzz is about the North Bridge getting hot; probably people do not know what should be hot, and what not for the NB. If you are OCing and increasing the voltage to it, then 50 - 55 degrees is quite normal, and officially ASUS states that if you do not reach 65 degrees, then you should be OK. I was able to hit my 1090T to 4400 MHz with a push-pull method on a very good air cooler, and I am wondering if this would ever be reachable with another board. This is one of the rare boards to reach, unreachable FSBs.

Cons: People are just destroying the reputation of this board and ASUS, without researching at all. People are even writing bad reviews (people under me), just for what they had read on the web, although their NB did not even get hot!!!

Overall Review: This is a follow up review, using the board after three weeks. This is a very solid board, and I got mine when it was first released. I never had any problem with my board, and as of writing this, NB=38, SB= 34 & MB=32 degrees. I never saw my NB got to 45 degrees and I am playing with the NB voltage... And as I said before, I own one of those "defective boards", as I am one of the first purchasers of this "shame on you ASUS for the quality control" MB.

Do your homework first!

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Excellent board with lots of features and stability; I am not going to delve into detail, as you can find the specs anywhere on the web, including this site.

Cons: The only con I have is the people trying to build systems with little or no knowledge. If one intends to build a computer, then he should be well capable of finding the necessary information he needs. The guy who posted a question on the QVL claimed he could not find it on ASUS site; however the very same QVL was up 4/27/2010 @ 3:21:00 PM...(ftp://ftp.asus.com.tw/pub/ASUS/mb/socketAM3/Crosshair_IV_Formula/Crosshair-IV-Formula-QVL.zip)

Overall Review: Paired with; - 2 X CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor - CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Good Case But Not Perfect

CM Storm Sniper - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Fan Controller and LED Light Switch
CM Storm Sniper - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Fan Controller and LED Light Switch

Pros: The size of this case is indeed a full tower, wider than the most, and there is a lot of room in it. Cable management is excellent through the holes in the MB tray, and airflow is not blocked at all. The top IO panel has everything that one will need, and everything works out of the box. Fan controller is very good but not very sensitive indeed, and the LED switch is an excellent idea.

Cons: 1. The CPU hole in the MB tray was one of the most important things that made me buy this case; however, when I was enthusiastically started installing the CPU cooler, it turned out that the lower two screw holes were not cleared and there was no way of installing without removing the tray in an AMD MB... Very disappointing. 2. The case has excellent airflow, but there are no removable dust filters; there is also no after market solution...

Overall Review: The cons are minimal, and this case is close to perfection. I do not understand why CM did not include the R4-LUS-10AB-GP 200mm side air fan. In all of the web reviews, this case gets average reviews for graphics card cooling. When I installed the R4-LUS-10AB-GP on side panel, then my GTX260 Core 216 OCd card barely reaches 56 degrees under load. Is it worth cost cuttings to get average review ratings for an excellent case? Besides, this is an enthusiast gaming case and nearly everyone who purchases this case will either buy the 200mm fan or install 2X1200mm fans... It is really hard to understand this kind of strategy.

Very Good Card

PNY VCGGTX260CXPB GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
PNY VCGGTX260CXPB GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: A very good card that can provide good gaming experience with all of the settings at high in all of the games. Upgraded from 9600GT to this, and although 9600GT still holds the price/performance ratio crown, this card is also very good for what you get for your money. Upgrading from 9600Gt, I noticed that it can down clock in 2D (like Windows desktop) and implement huge energy savings.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I am using EVGA Precision tool to OC; I went for a modest OC of 650/1401/1150, but I am sure it can be pushed further. With these settings, the card rarely touches 56 degrees, with fan at the 80%. I use it in a CM Storm Sniper case with a large 200mm fan blowing directly on it, and I do not think that I will have any temp issues at all. At 100% fan rate, it is loud as expected.