Summary: Pro: Water cooling works great. Nice control program. Cons: Waterblock has a weird tick when its running. hasn't seemed to cause any issues with cooling just kind of makes me wonder how long it will last!
Summary: This CPU runs a lot hotter than my brother's, and we have the same ones. My Build: AMD FX 8150 3.6 GHz Processor AMD HD Radeon 6790 1GB GPU Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 MOBO 16 GB DDR3 1600 Memory / RAM 500 GB HDD Storage NZXT Mid-Tower Case
Pros: This is a great processor for the price and performance you get out of it, owned it since I got my PC over a year ago.
Cons: The processor idles at about 37 degress Celsius, and when I play a high performance game such as Battlefield 4 or Splinter Cell Blacklist, it just shuts off due to overheating.
Summary: Looking for something that can do one or a couple processor intensive things at a time? This processor can do the calculations, but it can't take the heat under stress.
Pros: I've had this processor for just over a year now, It's great for almost everything. You can throw at it.
Cons: Stock cooling for this is not enough (and liquid cooling has been discontinued) especially when running a system with multiple monitors. The CPU will over heat when running multiple intensive applications i.e. hardcore gaming while streaming.
Summary: Now would be the time to stock up on the Phenom II x4's. AMD hasn't been able to surpass them yet. Even my FM1 quad core isn't better. Looking forward to trying the FM2, but if AMD doesn't come up with some significant improvements I'll be trying the myriad of overpriced Intels.
Pros: Performs as specified Additional memory on lower levels
Cons: After using this for almost a year, and then using my Phenom II 3.4, I'm not sure why my Phenom II is faster. On the eight core I'm running a 990FX on the 4 core I'm using an 890Gxm. Still the 4 core will rip 3 cd's concurrently a lot faster, even though the 8 core has 4x as much memory. I'm usin...
Summary: The only real use I got out of this CPU is playing BF3 paired up with GTX 660 and even that wasn't done with Ultra settings. Sure I felt performance improvement as I've upgraded from first generation i5 chip and went from 8gb 1333 ram to 16gb 1866 ram.
Pros: The only pro I can think of is the price. Unfortunately, that's about it. And that didn't justify performance shortcomings of FX-8150.
Cons: Even though there are plenty of people who consider this chip an awesome piece of engineering it really doesn't leave up to its hype. Some people blame Microsoft and plenty other software makers for designing their software to work better with Intel chips from the get go. So with that said it doe...
Summary: I love AMD's video cards and always buy the Radeons after they drop the price a little more after a new chipset is released! I love AMD's willingness to pas along a large amount of savings to the end user. They could charge more for their video cards, however they don't and I respect that.
Pros: This is not a horrible processor however it is a very weak one when you compare it to the Intel chips. I'm a huge AMD fan and have been for years ever since they released the Thunderbird Slot A processor back in the late 90's. However I am a Level 3 I.T professional and I can't miss-lead other bu...
Cons: This chip runs way too hot! I don't care that it's rated to run at 62 degrees C. If you run these chips at these incredible temps. after a while your going to pop a transistor, its only a matter of time! It may advertise as a 8 core chip but it really not! As other more informed reviewers have po...
Summary: Disappointed. I have a lot of experience building servers, Others seem to have Hyper-V running ok which is why I bought this. GB 990 MB, 16GB DDR3 1600, Corsair water cooler, 2TB RAID, Radeon 6570. It could be lack of 64B SVR2012 drivers for my GB MB but I doubt it.
Pros: Runs WIN7 desktop apps really, really fast. Does not break a sweat. Very impressive having 8 cores for a desktop. Even without an SSD this outperforms my quad core 2500K. FYI AM2 heatsinks will work for AM3. Using heavy video decoding and converting SW, this processor sings.
Cons: I cannot get hyper-V server 2012 to run with this processor. Aside from the fact that Hyper-V 2012 (not Windows server 2012) is a beast to work with anyway, I gave up as Hyper-V 2012 would not install. Probably have to try Hyper-V 2008
Summary: I just bought this processor for a new build. It handles everything I throw at it, and I am very satisfied with it's performance. With that being said, I was not at all satisfied with the stock heat sink. It does not cool the processor sufficiently.