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Pros: Seen mine OC itself as high as 5.2, unsure how that happened.
Runs very cool on my H100i, seen it idle as low as 6c with a cool ambient and under load low 30s.
Since it is being cooled adequately, no issues.
Cons: Is starting to not be able to keep up with some of my more demanding games. Looking in on it with HWinfo, shows 100% load at times. Has not caused me many issues but is still a slight concern.
If you have bought AMD before, you should already know the stock coolers are simply not up to cooling this chip, even if you are not going to overclock. With the large array and availability of alternate coolers out there, it is highly recommended to order one, air or water, along with this chip right away. Quality thermal paste would also be a good idea.
Other Thoughts: I have this chip installed on a GB 990FX ud5 board, 1050 Seasonic PSU, 16gb Corsair RAM, h100i 240 AIO, gtx 980, and an 840 evo SSD as the boot drive. Have been very happy with it for the past almost 2 years. Runs ED, Project Cars, Witcher 3, GTAV, The Crew, FC4 and several other games if not maxed out, very close to on my 3 27" AOC 144hz 1080p monitors spanned. With a few of the more demanding games I do see some FPS variance but its nothing that causes a degraded gaming experience. I'm more thinking my 4gb of video memory is starting to not be enough with 3 27" monitors. Probably time for an upgrade.
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to a pricey intel equivalent, this would be worth serious consideration. I do believe that if you are more quality minded and have the money to spend, Intel is the way to go. But value-wise, hard to beat a chip like this. Just tack on a few extra dollars for a different cooler, some quality thermal paste and you're set. I think when I purchased all of this my total for the 8350, h100i and some Arctic Silver 5 was less than 250. (Buy between Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Pros: Feels like a solid build.
Can be configured to work good. (See cons/other thoughts)
Ear cups can be comfy, feel soft, fit ok.
Cons: The usb card is worthless. No bass, I mean none. Crackles, sounds like something is loose or shorting, right out of the box, not to mention the whole "7.1" thing actually makes everything sound even worse (didnt think that was possible until I tried it and yes, its possible). I dunno if I got some big ole dumbo ears or something but these things hurt my ears after a few hours.
Other Thoughts: I cannot speak to the quality of the mic, so there's that. I'm sure I'll use it a bit soon here but for now I could care less.
The usb card has been sitting under my desk ever since all of 10 minutes of use after unpacking. Worst sound ever with that thing. I took out one of my home theater receivers, got an adapter and an extension and am jamming through that. Sounds awesome. No crackling, tons of bass, everything I wanted.
This was the very first item I purchased through Newegg that I seriously considered returning because it was just that bad. The only thing that saved it was my receiver. Now Im stuck wondering how to use the mic as I dont have much experience with that.
Before someone starts blaming my onboard audio, I have my HT receiver plugged into that same onboard audio. USB sounds just awful, the optical out to the receiver to the headset is just beautiful. Leads me to believe the issues are not with the headset itself, but that worthless USB card in between.
Also, I'm not into bad reviews, takes a bad product for me to write a bad review. This is the very first review I have written that is two stars Newegg has been that good. I've been ordering through Newegg since about 2009.