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OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Mine just failed 4 months ago. My purchase was 11/2011 I really can't complain about that long of a lifespan. Did what it was supposed to do without issue for that long!

Cons: none

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: In some cases ram requires a little tweaking. A bit of voltage, latency adjustments, clock adjustments in order to be perfectly stable. In both my 990 and 890 board it worked perfectly.

I'm not pushing it too hard, 1666 currently with timings. I'm using a PhenomII B.E. overclocked to 4.4 ghtz so pushing high clock on the memory tends to generate more heat in the die than it does performance. It runs perfectly at the advertised clock rate and latencies, this is just a sweet spot for my setup. No voltage tweaks were required at all to make it stable at any clock I've tried.

Cons: It's better than the 1600 sniper I bought a few months back. Wish I could trade that set in for another set of this. My 1600 would flake once a month or so, I ordered this as a replacement knowing headroom would help timings and stability.

Other Thoughts: I"m quite happy with it. It clears under my giant cinder-block sized tower cooler without issue. It works as advertised, possibly a bit better than advertised. Simply good ram.

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: AMD processors (phenomII's and below) are only certified to DDR3 at 1333 by TWO sticks. There are TWO controllers in the processor (not on the motherboard) that allow full bandwidth to two only.

This does not mean You cannot make 4 work, it does not mean they will not run at 1600, it means the PROCESSOR not the motherboard is typically Your limit. Motherboards do not contain the memory controller. They're certified to higher speeds to tell You the boards circuitry will be stable if a future chip supports it. PLEASE educate Yourself before slamming a board for Your lack of knowledge.

Cons: People do not research architecture of the parts they buy before trying to make improper setups work.

Other Thoughts: Going past 1333 with any phenom II chip is an overclock of the design of the memory controller in the processor. IT will be more dependent upon the individual chip, and the timings used than board. FM1-series is higher (1600 is already supported) and bulldozer promises even higher in the near future with 4 sticks possible at high speed. If You want fast ram with an AMD stick with 2 sticks of ram NOT four. If You want to be cheap and get just more ram, then do so by dropping speed to 1333 or 1000 in order to be stable.


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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 05/12/08

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 03/11/09
  • Last Review: 02/07/16
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