Power and compatibility in a tiny piece of hardware!
3 September 2012
Summary: I bought this product due to the failure of my other amd athlon processor, i wanted the best for my computer chipset (AM2+) this processor is the fastest i have seen, compared to my friends alienware this thing kicks butt. loads up my windows 7 in about 25 seconds, when my friends i5 boots up in about 35-45. It does tend to run a little hot and a more powerful Heatsink/Fan may be required.
Summary: Lots of power and Overclocks very easily. I reached 4.3ghz with and voltage mods, just changing the multiplier. Running at stocks speed though for every day use and I must say I'm thinking about replacing the noisy cooler. VERY loud.
Summary: The "blazing speed" aspect of this processor comes at a price; the CPU cooler fan is loud and quite annoying to me. My hearing is not all that good either, which makes me wonder how normal people can put up with it. I intend to purchase a different cooler, but that adds $$ to the cost, and I've gotta wonder if the quality control folks at AMD are deaf.
Summary: The AMD 975 CPU is absolutely a winner. The system with a Asus M5A88-EVO motherboard with 8 GB RAM and a ATI HD6770 are far superior to my old system. Stuck with the system fan that is good and sturdy. Haven't worked to OC yet. Still enjoy the system as is. A definite buy.
Summary: Lousy installation instructions. When I finally did get it in; It was over-heating. Anywhere from 56c to 62c ! Took it back out & cleaned it & put new thermal paste on it - Put It Back In. Crashed!! No Out-put, Nada. $160.00 down the drain!!!
Summary: My PC was an ASUSm3a78PRO w/ AMD Athlon x2 6000+ (3.1 ghz brisbane) with 4 GB DDR2 800 and a Nvidia 9800 GTX+ (1GB). I could run most games decent enough on windows XP 32 bit, but it struggled with ARMA2, GTA4 and some other high-spec games. I upgraded to windows 7 64 bit (prepping for BF3) and noticed a loss of performance in almost all of my games.