Joined on 09/24/09
Pros: Fast shipping and well package from newegg. Handles a FX 8350 well. Solid BIOS. It has a decent amount of features at a reasonable price. It may not have msata or a lot of other features that Intels chipset offers, but I don't plan on using anything like that anytime soon.
Cons: Not a major con, but the Socket temp does get really hot before any serious overclocking. I hit 70C easily with just a 4.4Ghz @ 1.367 vcore on a FX 8350. I ended up putting a 80mm fan on the back and it dropped the temps down for me to get to 4.6Ghz @ 1.404 vcore. This is with a Noctua NH-D14 in an Antec p100 case.
Overall Review: I actually had an i7 2600K with an Asus PZ68-V LX. Well that motherboard died on me a few months ago and Asus informed that I'm out of the 3 year warranty period. How convenient..... I bought a few used motherboards online and had an awful experience with that. So I sold my i7 to a friend and only paid a difference of $120 for this new motherboard and FX 8350. Pretty happy with my purchase.
Pros: Great CPU for multitreading applications. Capable of running simulations on LabVIEW while processing a stress analysis on SolidWorks. Over clocks well with a Noctua NH-D14 although I did hit my thermal wall at 4.6Ghz @ 1.404vcore. For gaming, I really only play BF4 and it this thing can handle 64 player at Ultra preset settings. Averaging 58 FPS with an Asus HD 7970. CPU usage is consistently between 60% - 83%
Overall Review: Well I previously had an i7 2600K with an Asus P8Z68-V LX. That motherboard died on me and after some trouble with buying used motherboards, I sold my i7 to a friend. Getting AMD over Intel was about 45% in savings. I'm impressed and very happy with this CPU since it actually finishes rendering over 1,000 nodes for simulation about half an hour faster than my old i7 2600K. Although it does consume 78Watts more based on Kill-a-Watt, the price for electricity in California is fairly low. By the time the difference in electricity costs reaches equilibrium in AMD vs Intel savings, I will be done with my graduate studies and build a new workstation by then.
Great Budget CPU
Pros: I bought this CPU beginning of the year as it was the best candidate for my $650 build, and it has exceeded my expectations in every aspect. I was lucky enough to unlock the 4th core to a Phenom X4 B55 and after running prime 95 it came out to be completely stable. I was also able to OC it to a stable 3.88Ghz at 32C idle and 55C (aftermarket cooler) load which gave me a WEI of 7.5
Overall Review: This cpu is blazing fast. Despite not having a L3 cache, this cpu is still incredible for performance/dollar. I didn't use the HSF that came with the product, instead I am using the Antec 620 as my cpu cooling. I recommend using an aftermarket cpu cooler for any OC or unlocking the 4th core. This processor and a Sapphire HD 6870 video card has allowed me to experience autocad, light video editing and other 3d programs very fluidly. I was also surprised to see games such as SC2 to be in 40-50fps in ultra settings and performs excellent in BF3 and COD MW3 game play.