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Pros Got on sale for $150. Along with the AMD game. Works well with lower end cards like the 3gb GTX 660. It's been reported to me that in Garry's mod, it may frame drop a little if too many objects are placed on the screen. But I don't know for sure from a computer I built for someone.
Cons I've done some research and it may not be the wisest to use this CPU with high end cards like the 970 and 980. If you're wanting to go with an AMD build, maybe look into the 8370, or 9000 series
Summary Overall if you can get this CPU on sale, it is a good bang for the buck. If you're looking for a gaming build under $1000 then I see no problem getting this one. I also found that there are some patches for the bulldozer series, to install that if you want a bit more performance from the CPU
Summary I bought this to build a computer for my brother, generally I would have recommended Intel but he needed it to do a lot of rendering so AMD was the best value for our needs. I bought the Cooler Master 212 Evo and the temperatures seem to be reasonable. I haven't tried overclocking yet as we are waiting to get the new ram. Till then I just pulled out one of the DIMMS from my PC so that he can use the computer.
Pros Cheaper than intel for same performance if OC
Cons single threaded lacks a bit unless high oc
Summary Owned for a year now. Mine runs at 4.816 Ghz on an Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z and Corsair H110.
Under load 44c / idle 31c
Used in gaming rig with AMD 7970. I prefer to run a pure AMD rig in this case.
Very pleased all round, but I got a good chip and if you expect my results (I can post at 5 Ghz) you need the Crosshair V and liquid cooling. Compares nicely with stock i5 -perhaps a bit better, but I paid less and put the money into a good board and cooler.
Summary Bought this in a bundle with a M5A97 ASUS motherboard. They have both worked extremely well since building it up and everything has been rock solid despite my best attempts at overclocking the whole thing multiple times. Its easy to ramp this processor up to 4. ghz and runs really stable at 3.7 which is where I left mine. Simple liquid cooling kit on the processor, nothing fancy. Buying up to the 8350 isn't worth it, stick with this 8320, you won't be disappointed!
Pros Price. Speed for multi threaded apps. Socket compatibility. Real world performance has been wonderful. Easy to over clock with. Keeps cool with a decent after market HSF.
Cons Single thread performance is lacking compared to an Intel. Energy sucker at 125w. Stock cooler is horrible, loud and males the cpu run hot.
Summary You cant go wrong for the price of this CPU. At $150 you are getting a 8 core cpu that while falls behind Intel in single thread apps when games start being programmed with more cores in mind this CPU should shine. This CPU has amazing over clocking potential and can stay pretty cool if you can feed it right. Overall I'm happy with the cpu and what money I saved over going Intel I put into a better GPU.
Summary I cranked it up to 4.7ghz with watercooler and a lots of tuning. And it does the job pretty well. I have no regret for this cpu. Highly recommend. If you guys are looking for a cheap option for a beast thats the cpu to go with!!
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