Joined on 08/01/07
This chip gets a lot of flack... no clue why
Pros: -Coming from a Core i5-6402p, an H110 motherboard from MSI and 8 GB of Team Group Elite DDR4 2400, the Athlon 200GE, an AsRock B450M Pro4 and 16 GB of DDR4 3000 (still clocked down to 2666, but with slightly tighter timings), leaving the iGPU disabled to free up those last 4 PCI Express lanes, I saw an average framerate drop of only 5-10 FPS in most games, and this is running a Sapphire RX 480 Nitro+ with a GENEROUS undervolt OC. This includes games like Guild Wars 2, Path of Exile, Project Cars, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Modded Crysis Wars, and some other relatively CPU and/or GPU heavy games, mostly run at 1440p in VSR, with a few more taxing titles running at native 1080p. -Drastic drop in power usage on idle and gaming as reported by HWMonitor and HWiNFO64, as well as no longer having issues with resume from suspend to disk sleep with Windows 10, so I can now actually let my PC go to sleep, thus saving even more on my electric bill. -Still keeps up with my pro recording in REAPER DAW, though I re-purposed the old rig for use with REAPER's native Linux client, because I'm cool like that, and need 2 desktops AND a laptop. (No, I don't, but weird flex is still a flex) -BIOS revision dropped allowing me to OC the thing, but that would negate some of my power savings, but it's cool that the option is still there.
Cons: -Doesn't comply when commanded to make me a sandwich, even when I use "sudo !!" after being rebuked for not having super user privileges. -Doesn't make waffles or omelettes in same scenario -I still lose the game whenever someone reminds me of it's existence, and now you just lost the game, too, readers! Sorry...
Overall Review: Would Recommend, would buy again. I use my rig for gaming and pro audio, and it suits me fine. Seriously, LAN Centers need some 220GE's and some GTX 1060 6GB cards or RX 580's, and they're set, just saying. I really don't understand all the reviewer hatred and unfair testing I've seen, like TechPowerUP leaving the iGPU enabled during their 1080 Ti benchmark with this chip, so the discrete card only ran on an x4 bus, as opposed to x8... dude... not cool. Keeps up with real time audio in REAPER and MixBus and Sonar, even with a ton of VST and DX plugins... not sure what the deal is with text reviewers throwing all this shade. Meanwhile, all the TechTubeVerse loves this chip, and rightly so!!! GamersNexus, Hardware Unboxed, LTT, and Hardware Canucks all praise this little chip for beating the odds, so 3 countries and 2 continents worth of tech people disagree with the unfair crappola fest. >>My Rig: -AMD Athlon 200GE -Sapphire TriXX Series Nitro+ AMD RX 480 4 GB -Team Group T-Force RGB DDR4 3000 dual channel 16 GB kit -AsRock B450M Pro 4 -Team Group T-Force RGB 250 GB TLC 3D NAND SSD -Seagate 2 TB 7200 RPM -Seagate 1 TB Hybrid Drive 7200 RPM -DeepCool Gamerstorm Maelstrom 120mm AIO -RaidMax Hyperion Micro ATX Chassis -RaidMax Scorpio 635 Watt LED 80+ Bronze Full Modular PSU -EZ-DIY-FAB Vertical GPU mount bracket -Various after market fans with enough UV action to cause malignant tumors
Pros: Great features, layout, and compatibility....
Cons: At least, that's what it would have if the box included a motherboard speaker so that the darned thing would actually turn on!!
Overall Review: This is unbelievable. i can't even give a good assessment because i can't even turn the computer on without a tiny, seemingly insignificant speaker. Completely unacceptable.
girlfriend and I love it
Pros: -picked up a whole bunch of dust and crud in our carpet that our old vacuum apparently left behind -came with a bunch of extra attachments and a convenient accessory pouch with a draw string -seems super easy to maintain so far -more optional accessories and replacement parts available for relatively cheap -ridiculously long cable
Cons: small receptacle that fills up pretty fast
Overall Review: got a crazy holiday deal, but even if I hadn't, this would be totally worth the money.
2 years strong
Pros: Semi modular, fan is same color as my smilodon case by the same company; works after almost 2 & 1/2 years of 24/7 use, a year of which has been in a not-so-well air conditioned efficiency... also, this PSU has seen 3 GPU configurations, a failed Xigmatek CPU Fan, 2 motherboards, 3 RAM upgrades, and countless hours of operation under OC conditions (and also countless re-installations of Windows 7 and Ubuntu) :D
Cons: It doesn't make me bacon, sandwiches, or steak-and-eggs breakfasts...
Overall Review: Original build - Q4 2009 ASUS P45-Q 6 GB Corsair (at first only 2 GB, 4 more gigs were added later) DDR2 800 Pentium Dualcore E5200 OC'd @ ~2.8 MSI R4890 Cyclone 500 GB Seagate -note - all these parts are still working in friend's computers 1st Rebuild - Q4 2010 ASRock M3-A770-DE 4 GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 (Timing OC to 7-8-7-21) Athlon II X4 640 OC @ 3.34 2x Sapphire 5770's CFX Same HDD 2nd Rebuild (Current config) - Q4 2011 Same mobo Phenom II 965 16 GB Kingston HyperBlu DDR3 1333 MSI 560 Ti Factory OC 1 TB Samsung + 1 TB WD external (home made w/external enclosure) Same Case and PSU throughout :D
Pros: Awesome orange UV fan Cools well, and quietly Inexpensive Longevity
Cons: Scary to install Collects dust
Overall Review: I originally had this on an intel E5200 OC'd from 2.5GHz to just shy of 2.9. This cooler now resides in my friend's computer, cooling his Athlon II X4 640. And to all those silly people who say it cools inadequately, I OC'd my friend's CPU to 3.355 GHz, and it idles at 38 C, and goes to around 70 under load. Ath those OC settings, it uses 126W TDP, as opposed to the stock 95W. I used generic ceramique thermal gunk. He is primarily a gamer, and his case is an NZXT Zero. He regularly plays games like CRYSIS WARHEAD, on relatively high settings. If it fails to cool your CPU, it might be related to case ventilation. It is not the HSF's fault if your case and/or it's fans are junk.
Product seems to work well, and I actually received it before even getting tracking confirmation. Granted, their shipping center for my region is literally in the next adjacent, neighboring county due north of me. In my experience, manufacturer direct sellers tend to faire better, shipping and quality wise, unless you buy from newegg. These guys have upheld that standard.