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Pros: Upgraded from a Sapphire Vapor-X HD 7970 3GB card. Very noticeable improvement in noise, performance and power usage/thermals. The 8GB helps in games that can utilize the extra VRAM like GTA V. A lot quieter than my Vapor-X, especially under full load using the stock fan settings. I did not try overclocking as there doesn't seem to be a lot of headroom and if that's really an issue for you, you should wait for the non-reference cards coming out by the end of July. Price and performance puts this as a direct competitor to the GTX 970.
Cons: - Crossfire is still a hit or miss; GTA V hated crossfire. Even with the second card disabled in the the Crimson software it still acted screwy by causing a memory leak and stuttering throughout despite playing around with the settings both in game and in Crimson. (Not a big deal as dual GPU setups are fickle from game to game)
- The PCIE connection should use a 8 pin connector instead of a 6 pin. The power draw is a little high for a 6 pin, though AMD is fixing the issues related to the PCIE lane drawing too much power. (To be honest, this was a non issue for me but I know this will worry people out there)
Other Thoughts: If you're coming from an older generation GPU, like the HD series, it's a no brainer of an upgrade. AMD really addressed the issues that plagued their previous lineups in terms of heat and power draw and the numbers fall closer in line to Nvidia. If you own a R9 390+ or GTX 970+, there's no reason to buy this card other than maybe HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4, HDR and DX12 support and even then you would still take a hit, performance wise. Make no mistake, this is not a high end card; rather it's a very feature rich card for it's price point. With the sales of the RX line very high, look for Nvidia to drop their prices on the 960, 970, 980 and for the release of the 1060 to come sooner than expected. Also, be on the lookout for the non-reference line of the RX series to be showing up in the coming month. As with any GPU purchase, do your due diligence and take into account what's on the horizon and decide if this card is for you or if it's worth waiting for something else.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Solid chip, you get what you pay for. Went from A8-3780k to this. Good gains felt all around.
Overclocked to a stable(Intel burn test and prime95 pass) 4.5GHZ (200 x 22.5) at 1.292 Vcore using a Corsair H80i closed-loop water cooler. CPU max temp was around 43C, idle at around 21C with the ambient temp in the low 20s C.
Could go higher if I played around with the settings more but this is good balance of power and longevity as the max temp hit 62C (on a brutal summer day where the ambient temps were in the 80s in Fahrenheit).
The right combo of motherboard, RAM, and cooling you can definitely get this in the 4.8-4.9 range without dealing with some serious temps.
Cons: You get what you pay for.
While this may have six cores and can be clocked pretty high, it's still not comparable to the intel chips in raw speed/power. In a straight GFLOP comparison, this PC overclocked is getting about 33GFLOPS whereas a comparable Intel is at least double that.
Other Thoughts: Slightly disappointed at how slow this is compared to an Ivy or Sandy bridge but I knew that beforehand. I've always bought AMD but to be honest this'll probably be my last one.
To sum it up though, it is a solid chip and it's a good price for a six core that you can very easily overclock but for true performance you might want to get an Intel dual core and do the same.
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
Pros: This is my updated review with overclocking the FX-6300.
It works well and quietly for the most part(see CONs).
RAM at 1866 1.5V ( Using the XMP profile)
4.5ghz (200 x 22.5) stable (Intel Burn Test and Prime95 pass)
1.296 Core V
All power and cooling settings off(Cool N Quiet, C6, etc)
ASUS BIOS settings for LLC, tweaking, etc: extreme
Fans set to quiet mode
Ambient temp : ~18C
CPU idle(1-4%) : 20-22C
CPU max(Intel Burn Test) : 43C
With the fans on quiet mode, usually sits at around 1100 RPM during low loads, the fans went up to about 1300 RPM and were barely audible. Did some more benchmarking on a more typical summer day (~96 F outside, 80s inside) and max temp hit 62C which is about right with the ambient temps and the fans were slightly humming at around 1600 RPMs.
The hardware side of the H80i is pretty sound but...
Cons: The software, now that I've used it a lot more, is so incredibly buggy. You'll have the icons from your saved profile show up as all zeros and have a brand new set of the SAME icons working properly but not placed. It makes no sense.
Sometimes changing the fan speeds in CorsairLink doesn't do anything or takes a while for it to register. Changing to the BETA version of the software didn't do anything.
Other Thoughts: My revised final thoughts on this are:
If you don't mind the software(which is pretty bad, considering how big of a corporation Corsair is) it's a great functioning cooler. The pro reviews have this as one of the best CPU closed-loop coolers out there and it performs like it. With the way it's designed you won't see much cooling on the idle side but you'll see it in the max side.
I still recommend it but if you can find something else comparable in the price range of this ($86) you might want to give it a shot because these software issues have been around for a while and it doesn't look like Corsair is going to fix them anytime soon.
Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
AMD FX-6300 overclocked to 4.5GHZ
Sapphire Vapor-X 1 GB OC GHZ Edition Radeon HD7770
G Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1866 RAM
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 90GB SATA 3 SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB SATA 3 HDD
Raidmax Blade ATX Mid Tower w/ 500 PSU