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Pros: Surprisingly fast processing
Performance (both win 7 benchmark and practical observations) from this little gem is noticeably better than a phenom x4 @2.5Ghz (AM2+)
Win 7 Benchmarks were at or marginally below those of an FM2 A6 5400 Trinity chip I use for my HTPC
Memory controller is extremely fast & efficient. Win 7 memory rating for an 8Gb stick of 1600 with unimpressive timings was 7.0, whereas my aforementioned A6 5400 rates 7.1 for two better-timed 8gb sticks of 1600 in dual channel (Kabinis use single-channel only)
Performance remains spectacular for a budget cpu @25 watts
Cons: storage controller bottlenecks a little, making sata speeds slightly slower for me than with my more expensive chipsets from AMD
Heatsink assembly isn't perfected yet. Mounting punch had trouble fitting through one guide on my stock heatsink, meaning I had to shave the plastic punch slightly and force it through the aluminum ring in order to fix the heatsink to the motherboard.
After another build with this model cpu I can no longer recommend it due to AMD's packaging, which forced me to bend some pins just to free the cpu from its plastic coffin. Combined with the tighter pin grid, which makes standard credit cards too thick to fix bent pins, this forced me into a real dilemma, adding several hours to an otherwise simple build.
Other Thoughts: Aside from a rather confusing and imperfect heatsink assembly (necessary because AM1 chips are a bit smaller than other AMD units), this is one of the best processors I've ever seen. Sure, some competing chips outperform it in a single area -power use, price, cpu performance, - there's currently nothing else on the market that grants a good blend of all the performance points I look for in a budget or small-form-factor computer. If you can get one of these for $50-60, it's well worth the money.
+8 eggs for overall performance per watt
-4 eggs for packaging quality -see cons-
-1 egg for awkward and inefficient heatsink assembly
This is only the second time in 20 years that I have encountered a cpu that effectively shipped with bent pins (or in this case was packaged in such a way that removal guaranteed bent pins), but the experience was upsetting enough this time that I will not be buying any more am1 cpus, and may not use any future cpus not in an LGA or otherwise "unbendable" format. This build was about as pleasant as arguing with my bank about charges to a stolen credit card.
This review is from: AOC E2070SWN-B 19.5" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitors
-no bad pixels
Cons: -stand is plastic, so feels a little flimsy
-this model is vga only
Other Thoughts: -have bought 3 AOC monitors from newegg in the last couple years, and this review generally fits all three. Among 2 refurbs bought as inexpensive basic units and a 24" IPS unit for gaming/primary use, I've had zero problems and great overall quality.
-stands/adjustments on all three were limited to lightweight plastic/tilt only, but this is standard practice on all but the most expensive monitors these days, and all of mine have held up well.
-It's worth noting also that AOC doesn't seem to skimp on the panel/subsystem quality, even if the stands are a little cheap
Pros: Easily Adjustable
Fits 90% of current processors
Keeps my i7 4790k @ 4.0ghz 33c idling
Comes with brackets for intel & AMD
Cons: Included booklet can be mildly confusing
You may have to actually use your brain and hands together a little
If (like me) you are trying to get by one-handed, you may need a friend to help you install this.
Other Thoughts: Basically, if you can't figure this thing out with minimal help, you have no business building a computer. I could probably train a chimp to install one of these for an 1150 socket.
As of April 2015, I've found nothing else on the market this effective at a pricepoint just above 50 USD, so it's kind of a no-brainer if you want or need simple cpu watercooling.