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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I Like the features of this board, wish it had heatsinks on mosfets but whatever, I used enzotech mos c-1 for that.

Board runs well once Bios Nightmare was solved, see below.

Cons: DO NOT BUY for KAVERI!!!!!
This board as shipped to me would not boot with Kaveri 7850k installed. I tried everything to update the bios with Kaveri in and it would not work. I finally was forced to shop at a place called french fries and get a Richland APU to update Bios. This board Should not be marketed as FM2+, as it is not out of the box compatible with Kaveri.

Other Thoughts: Gigabytes Bios update instructions could definitely use some work.

Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Would Have been decent cooler, 120 mm fan, direct heatpipe contact.

Cons: Mounting bracket for FM2+ will only orient in one direction, this caused the cooler to be incompatible with my moms new case, as it would overlap with one of her hard drive cages, MicroAtx case.

Other Thoughts: For some reason Newegg has linked all the 120 mm CM cooler reviews into one hodgepodge list, very dumb. Makes it hard to find good reviews on the exact cooler you are looking for.

I ended up at fr-eyes buying a thermaltake unit with a better mounting solution for FM2+_

HIS IceQ Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11 H795Q3G2M 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This card has exceptional heat dissipation. I ran furm@rk in extreme burn mode at 1080p with the card OCd to 975/1400 (stock volts) and the card never got above 68 C, all while maintaining fan level at 53%. The fan was less audible than my old 4870, which I basically couldn't hear anyhow. This is excellent performance for both temps and noise.

The temperature from FurM@rk is far in excess of anything that will ever be seen in a real gaming experience and the card still performs exceptionally.

I was thoroughly impressed by the look and feel of the card. It is massive in an Awe inspiring way. I am sure If i increased the voltage a tad I could OC to the Moon and Back with this card. I will OC more later because it is not needed now. As it stands I can max any game at current settings so I am more than happy.

Cons: None*

To those wondering, this card fits PERFECTLY in the antec 300 case. I was a bit worried initially, as the case says it supports cards up to 11 inches and the reported length of this card is 11.6. But it fits like a glove, it also fits with a 38mm side fan attached to the case which is also impressive.

Other Thoughts: Perfect Card for me.

I am the proud owner of the HisICEQ 4870 1gb and that card has served me well. I decided to trust my graphics card needs to HIS again and I am Impressed. This is a 110% quality product and you should not hesitate to buy. Enjoy, I know I am!


Michael P.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael P.

Date Joined: 11/22/09

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 07/21/10
  • Last Review: 02/12/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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