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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: IS future proof with the support of AMD's 6 core processor along with 3.0 USB and 6gb/s Sata. Was also able to overclock my 955 to 3.8 mhz on stock voltage, at 1.475 volts my 995 is stable at 3.9 mhz. Was also able to get it stable at 4.0 mhz with some tweaking to the FSB (but it was getting to hot). i brought it back down to 3.8 as it seems to be the "sweet spot" and when i need to up it i will. I also noticed a drastic increase in performance from the last board i was using which was a ASUS M4A79XTD EVO.
Cons: had to overclock my 1600 mhz ram to get it up to its speed, but was expecting that. Also, i don't know why but CPUid shows that my processor looses some voltage when under full load? but that might be normal.
Other Thoughts: Thermaltake Contact 29 works great overclock at 3.8 mhz, but when i rais the volts and set it to 4.0, its hitting 66 C which is too hot. still would recommend it though.
The boards overclocking features are very simple, and it seems this is one of the most stable Overclocking boards that is AMD compatible.
This review is from: Thermaltake Contac 29 120mm CPU Cooler
Pros: This thing is awesome, it took my AMD phenom Quad 3.2 mhz from running at 68c when running prime95 all the way down to 48C! it also runs at 29C when idle, and the Arctic Silver i used hasn't even settled in. it will drop even more over the next week. This is wayy better than the stock heatsink my AMD came with.
Cons: Its very big, which isn't really a con because it is why it cools so well. However.... make sure it fits in your case. It does block me from taking out one of my ram sticks, i have Gskill Ripjaw memory which has high heatsinks, and mine BARELY fit.
it Also moves around a little even after you tighten it down, but i assure you it wont fall off, its just from side to side.
Other Thoughts: i would recommend this to any AMD AM3 user.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: COOLER MASTER SGS-2000-KSS-1-GP CS-S Battle Pad H2Glide Cloth Pro Gaming Surface
Pros: none since ups was dumb enough to leave it at my front door
Cons: it was stolen off my doortep... the tracking says it was delivered to my front door... but its not thereREAD FULL REVIEW