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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C11D-16GXL
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: XMP, AMP and standard profiles Just Work. Slipped them in booted right up, no fiddling necessary. Full speed ahead. 2133 out of the box. The boot to desktop from log in is about 3 seconds (with assist from Adata SSD). WEI went from 4.8 to 6.3for desktop performance. Smooth as all get out.

Cons: had to wait an extra couple of days due to Jan 1. DoH! My bad. Oh well this basically maxes out my FM2+ box now except for video card. Should only last about 3 more years. Sigh. Will make a nice fast low power NAS box when I get around to it. Free would make it perfect.

Other Thoughts: This RAM is what you want for an older machine that may be a bit constrained by not quite enough. Adding these two slabs and running them at full speed will give anyone the resources and responsiveness needed.

AMD A8-7600 Kaveri Quad-Core 3.1 GHz Socket FM2+ 65W AD7600YBJABOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The integrated graphics are quite good. my whole Steam serup runs without any errors (86 games and I ran them all).
Low power consumption compared to my previous Athlon II X4 640.
Doesn't run hot.
IDK but the cooler works quietly and well.

Cons: Perhaps it might be a bit more powerful but is certainly adequate for everyday use.
My situation is that I had to use older slower DDR3 1600 RAM as the budget would expand for faster.

Other Thoughts: The CPU speed certainly slips up and down the scale with ease. It goes quickly and almost invisibly from 1.4 GHz to 3.77 GHz and back down again in very little time. 65W and without the video card I was using I have dropped power consumption by about 100W and achieved a nice boost in performance of about 20% in my unscientific opinion. I do like this chip.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3HP (rev. 1.0) FM2+ AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: flashed to the latest BIOS.
8 SATA ports,
USB 3.0 and 3.1.
It just worked out of the box, as a good board should.

Cons: No eSATA but then again who does?
Oddball experience when updating the video and motherboard drivers to the latest version (hard to say exactly what occurred but the weirdo flashing and unusable semi desktop experience I was able to repeat by reinstalling the new drivers. I managed to rescue the install by using system restore. First time ever)

EUFI BIOS layout makes it hard to find the installed drives. I have 6 and made a mistake on one and was trying to troubleshoot this. Could be annoying.

IDK if it was the board or the BIOS but my MS brand mouse was working intermittently during BIOS set up. I moved it to the USB 3.0 and no more problems.

Other Thoughts: Well, it worked quite nicely. I have noticed the quieter room as I removed my video card from this unit and am quite pleased with the performance of the A8 7600 and its integrated video when driving two monitors. The price I paid was quite reasonable and I hope to get equivalent longevity as I did from the predecessor Athlon II X4 640. The old has been put in storage until my NAS box needs an upgrade.


William H.'s Profile

Display Name: William H.

Date Joined: 10/05/08

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 10/12/08
  • Last Review: 01/07/17
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