Date Joined: 09/26/07
Pros: - Good Value
- Worked out of the box with A12-9800 APU
Cons: - UEFI configuration interface isn't my favorite, limited options
Overall Review: I have quite a few Biostar boards and they've never let me down. This board is no exceptions. Easy install, everything works as expected.
Pros: - Great bang for the buck
- Does a reasonable job at nearly any general computing task
- Games well as long as expectations are within reason
Cons: Runs a tad warm for a 65w processor with stock heat sink and fan. Idles around 35c, 40's to 50's for moderate usage, low 70's when stressed. Max operating temp for this processor is 90c so it's within limits - just makes me cringe a little. The processor speed doesn't throttle and everything is very stable.
Overall Review: I had a need for a light gaming computer and some gift card money at my disposal. Was trying to stay under the gift amount and this did the trick. For just over a hundred bucks you'd be hard pressed to find a processor/graphics card combo that beats this. With AM4, I have a route to upgrade later if I want to.
Does everything I need it to - no problem. Software development, general office use and light gaming. My main title, BeamNG Drive plays with sufficient frame rates at 1080p on medium settings. Video encoding isn't particularly fast, but if you're not in a hurry it gets the job done. For web browsing, Windows 10 apps and media playback it won't seem any different than a much more expensive CPU. Feels like a slight step up from another machine I have with A10-7870k.
Overall, very happy with the purchase
Pros: Multi-core performance
Media encoding (Handbrake) performance
Cons: Still a bit power-hungry for what it does in 2016
Overall Review: I've had this processor for over 3 years now and it's performed quite well the whole time. Mainly decided on this processor for multi-core media encoding prowess and even in 2016 it hangs with some of the big dogs from Intel in that regard. Recently added a Radeon RX 460-based card and another solid state drive for multi-boot. All of my original parts purchased from Newegg in March 2013 are continuing to work flawlessly. Will eventually upgrade to Zen, but I'm still not in a hurry. AMD has been great for me in many machines over many years, but this one has been the best.
8 GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1866
Rosewill Capstone 550 Power supply
Crucial M4 256GB SSD
WD Green 1.5TB HD
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Gigabyte Radeon HD6670
Antec Sonata ATX Case
Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 Windforce 2GB
Added PNY 240GB SSD
Pros: Good value - excellent performance for the price.
Installation/Driver updates were painless.
Quiet operation under most circumstances.
Low power consumption
Cons: No cons for the price. This isn't a high-end card, but for the money it's awesome!
Overall Review: Replaced a Gigabyte Radeon 6670 1GB card because Linux drivers for it didn't support my LG ultrawide. Beats the pants off of the 6670 easily while using no more power (as measured by UPS). Really sips power at idle. I don't game a tremendous amount. The most demanding title I play is BeamNG Drive and the card is very good for that. Will play at maxed settings on LG Ultrawide (2650x1080) at 18-24 fps. Dial the quality settings back just a little and easily provides 40-50 fps.
With Windows 10 - Zero problems so far, but Linux drivers aren't quite there yet. Running Arch Linux with open-source AMDGPU driver yields somewhat OK results in X - forget Wayland. Also had display issues at the terminal, but works fine in X. Frame rates in general are lower in Linux games than their Windows counterparts. As usual, open source is a little behind the curve, but I'm sure once they catch up all will be well.
Biostar TA970 Motherboard
G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1866
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC 2GB
Crucial M4 256GB SSD
Pros: Works great for me in a Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H at rated speeds. Great price for performance ratio. This RAM makes my A10-7870k really sing!
Overall Review: Had some issues with the Gigabyte board's BIOS at first, but it turned out to be the bios itself. Once I resolved the BIOS issue, the RAM worked very well at advertised speeds and completed Memtest86+ without any errors.
Pros: Great computing ability for the money. Plays all the games I'm interested in with good frame rates. For the money, better than getting a comparable Intel CPU + Graphics card.
Cons: None for my applications.
Overall Review: AMD is still the value king! I have Intel boxes too, but I mostly pick AMD to give me the max for my money. In this case, I needed a medium-duty gaming and software development machine and this CPU doesn't disappoint.
16gb G.Skill Aries DDR3-2400 (running at 2400)
Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler
PNY 240gb SSD
Antec ISK600M Case