Joined on 11/16/14
Good upgrade from Phenom II X4 945
Pros: Inexpensive, significant upgrade over Phenom II and FX-4100. Will get a bit more life out of an old computer before having to change motherboard/CPU/RAM.
Cons: Loud fan Power hungry
Overall Review: I purchased an FX-4100 when they first came out, hoping it would be an upgrade over my old Phenom II X4 945 95W CPU. It was a huge disappointment, and I ended up putting the Phenom II back in as it was a better CPU. This CPU is the highest my motherboard can safely handle, so I had to purchase it seeing it on sale for a great price. I use the computer daily, and figure why not have everything run a bit faster. I just installed this processor today, so decided to give it a quick workout. I occasionally do some light gaming, and this processor paired with my old R9-280 can play everything I need at very playable frame rates. Dolphin 5 runs fine, and the Trine series, which used to chop at low resolutions, is very playable. I ran Handbrake, and am very pleased at the times over the old X4. Even though I've only just installed this CPU, I regret not having purchased one of these way sooner. The computer is mostly used for folding, which uses the GPU, so the processor is mostly idling. I've read other reviews talking about how loud the CPU fan was, but figured I could get away with using the stock cooler - WRONG! This computer is in the bedroom, and while my wife used to allow it to run all night folding, neither her or I can stand the fan noise. It also is too loud for us to watch a movie without having to turn up the volume a bit to drown out the fan noise. AMD should be ashamed of including this heat sink/fan combination. Although it does keep the processor cool, the fan has to spin way to fast to do so. I have it in a well ventilated case with a mesh front on it. While this aids in cooling, it also lets me hear the fan. I will be looking at purchasing an EVO 212 tonight. I would recommend this as an upgrade over an older AM3/AM3+ CPU if your motherboard supports it, but not as a new build. I was going to upgrade to a low-end Ryzen system, but the cost would have been in the 500 dollar range. Current lower end AMD and Intel processors have their way with this CPU in most areas. If I had to buy all new MB/CPU/RAM, it would be a no-brainer to upgrade to a newer 1151 or AM4 setup, but this was a great low-cost upgrade. My son has an i5-4670k, and my daughter a Ryzen 7 1800. Yes, they are newer (yeah, I guess the i5 is now old too) and more expensive, but are definitely faster while using a lot less power. This CPU will keep me happy for a bit longer. Would have been 5 stars for cost/performance, but having to buy another fan is a bit of a bummer.
Good Quality - works great
Pros: Great upgrade for a system that only had 8GB in it. Inexpensive.
Overall Review: I bought my wife a Dell Inspiron 3785 with a Ryzen 5 2500U and 8GB RAM. When I purchased it I didn't realize it, but 2.1GB RAM was used for video and/or other system resources, leaving only 5.9 GB left for Windows. Now it has 13.9 left for Windows. More than twice as much as before. The RAM tested fine, and I ran a couple benchmarks as well with no issues. The system is approximately 23% faster in Cinebench R11.5 and R15. My guess is the RAM speed is higher than what was in it as increasing memory amount doesn't usually affect these scores. I don't have the original RAM handy to look. I am happy with my purchase, and would easily recommend this memory for somebody in the same situation as myself.
New life added to an old laptop
Pros: Fast, simple to install.
Cons: None. I guess the fact that it wasn't free. I guess the fact it shipped in a bubble envelope with no real protection. The drive arrived fine, and the packaging wasn't damaged at all though.
Overall Review: I've used SSD's to bring life to old systems quite often, but finally decided to do the same for my old laptop, which I use all the time every day. I told myself that it was fine before, but sometimes I found myself waiting for things while the HDD was pegged at 100%. The original HDD was a 500GB Toshiba, and was about half full. I use a home server to store most of my data. My laptop is an 8 year old AMD Quad core, and is quite useable for browsing the web and online streaming etc. I've had this SSD in it for a few days now and have to say that I wish I did this sooner. I figure this old girl still has 5 years left in her as long as Windows 10 is still supported, anyways. This is my first Crucial SSD, and I am pretty sure it is the first of many. Boot time from the click of the power button to fully loaded Windows 10 is about 10 seconds. That includes the BIOS time, so if nothing else, boot times are a thing of the past. (It used to take about a minute and a half).
Great, inexpensive switch
Pros: Very inexpensive. Works great.
Cons: No Ethernet cable included.
Overall Review: I needed a cheap switch to expand my home network, and this was the least expensive Gigabit switch I could find anywhere. It took 2 days to get to my door (very quick), and from the time it arrived to the time my computers were on the network and online was about five minutes. I've waited a couple days to see if there was any sign of glitches, but so far everything is great. Network transfer speed and internet speed is as fast as any other switches I have. The case is made of plastic, but seems plenty tough enough. There is no fan, but the case doesn't get warm to the touch. I'm surprised there was no Ethernet cable included, but had some laying around anyways. Just mentioning it in case someone is reading this review purchases one and doesn't have a spare cable. I would purchase this switch again, and have no problem recommending it.
Great cooler for the money!
Pros: Good value. Very Quiet Cools FX-8350 nicely SUPER fast shipping from Newegg!
Cons: Wasn't free
Overall Review: I ordered this cooler last Thursday, and it arrived to my door Friday. Wow. Fortunately, I didn't have to remove my motherboard to install the back plate. My Antec One case has lots of room to get at the back of the motherboard. This cooler is extremely easy to install. I watched a video online on how to install it while waiting for it to arrive. It took less than 10 minutes from the time I removed the side panels from the case until I was putting the panels back on and the job was done. The stock FX fan cooled the CPU OK, but it spun at up to 5000 RPM and sounded like a small jet plane when the CPU was under even a medium load. I ran a benchmark test that uses all cores at 100% and this fan got up to about 1500 RPM and was barely noticeable. Unfortunately my temperature monitoring software is obviously not accurate as it shows the CPU at 12 degrees Celsius in a 20 degree Celsius room. I can say that I am confident the CPU is running well within a safe range, even with 100% usage during the benchmark. I have the fan located where it is pushing the air through the heat sink and pointing towards the back of my case where I have another 120 mm fan close behind it mounted to the case pulling the air out. Even though there is a bracket to install a second fan on this cooler, I won't be needing to. There are probably better coolers out there, but I did a lot of research before buying this one, and this is the winner in the bank-for-buck category. Very happy with my purchase, and with Newegg.
Update - still love it
Pros: Inexpensive, does everything I need it to do. Well built.
Cons: Not passively cooled, but if it was, it wouldn't fit in this tiny case.
Overall Review: After seeing the other reviews, I figured I'd do an update. First of all, the BIOS does have to be adjusted if installing Windows 7. Others have covered it, so I won't. I have played around with this little unit quite a bit over the last few days, and have had Ubuntu 14.04, Windows 7, and now Windows 8.1 on it, with no issues. I've installed XBMC on it and have watched every format of video imaginable, including 1080p HD blu-ray rips with no lag at all. I see another person stating they have had some, but I haven't noticed any at all, and while playing a video haven't seen my FPS drop below 59 (using the built in XBMC readout). CPU usage while watching HD videos went a bit over 50% from time to time, but I didn't notice anything as far as playback goes. Browsing the internet and watching Youtube videos etc. have been no issue at all. The built in ethernet as well as the wireless both work fine. I've installed several oldschool game emulators from Atari 2600 up to and including N64 and Playstation 1 with great results. No lag at all. This is everything I would hope this little PC would do so I'm changing my mind, it deserves 5 eggs based on what it can do for the money.