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|02-23-2013 12:45 PM|
|02-23-2013 12:39 PM|
|02-07-2013 09:17 AM|
Safe bet that your getting more for the dollar with the Micro-star board.
|02-06-2013 10:49 AM|
100M ethernet -> 1000M ethernet
4x Sata II -> 6x Sata III
HD3000 (no UVD) -> HD4250 (UVD 2) [HD hardware decoding]
5.1 channel audio -> 8 channel audio
VGA/DVI -> VGA/DVI/HDMI
8GB RAM -> 16GB RAM
AM3 cpu support -> AM3/AM3+ cpu support
1 year warranty -> 3 year warranty
4x rear USB 2 -> 6x rear USB 2
65 watt -> 95 watt
Even though the Zotac is deep into budget territory with that pricing, it's still a pretty terrible board. I do like how they bold the inclusion of Fast Ethernet though...can't believe boards over $30 still get made without gigabit.
|02-06-2013 10:01 AM|
|shawnmos||Thanks, I guess I'll go through the hassle of returning it.|
|02-06-2013 07:08 AM|
|02-06-2013 05:24 AM|
I just bought this board: http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?...
I was wondering if I should return it and get this MSI board instead. It supports AM3+ and 95w chips (as opposed to AM3 and 65w max), also I will be using the onboard video, so that seems nicer as well.
|02-05-2013 09:04 PM|
Your question made me wonder if Lightroom would take advantage of 1045T's multiple cores.
I found this:
Edit: In other words, any of the currently available AMD AM3 quad / hex core will work with your program.
The price range seems to start about $70 for the last remaing AM3 chips, so you might as well catch that 1045T [tigerdirect.com] at TD while it's
|02-05-2013 07:43 PM|
|02-05-2013 07:56 AM|
I've built many computers but the last one I built was like 6 years ago. So I have no idea about the vast array of processors available now. All I need is something that will run lightroom 4 using Win 7. Can someone suggest a processor? There will be no gaming. Just photo/video editing, internet, and Office. I'm not necessarily looking for the cheapest but I don't need a power hungry cpu fit for gaming.
|02-05-2013 05:44 AM|
Basically, this means that you are raising or lowering the voltage by a set amount compared to default, so that any of the reduced power states used are also raised or lowered by the same amount. Modern CPUs have multiple power states where voltage and clock speed is throttled down to save power when they are not in use. This contrasts from setting a voltage, where even in idle state the processor is always at that voltage, which could in fact even increase your overall power consumption depending on your usage.
|02-05-2013 05:37 AM|
Also as others have mentioned they are great for overclocking. This also means that you can undervolt them to reduce power. In fact, my main PC is an Athlon II X3 3.2GHz which I have unlocked the fourth core, undervolted to 1.34v, and overclocked to 3.6GHz. I can overclock even higher if I raise the voltage, but I prefer quieter and cooler. For such an inexpensive chip, it really gives you a lot of flexibility and power.
A lot of people have mentioned that this board only supports 95W chips. That may be an important consideration for someone, but I kind of doubt it is if you are buying a $30 AR motherboard. Same with the 2 DIMM slots instead of 4. You have to ask yourself if you really need any more for a product in this price range. Just my thoughts - not everyone will think the same way.
|02-04-2013 07:11 PM|
There seems to be some interest in undervolting / underclocking.
Undervolting Your Phenom II And Core 2 Processors : Efficiency For Free: Core 2 Quad And Phenom II X4 At Reduced Voltage
[Solved] Underclocking to reduce TDP
A search like undervolt underclock Phenom will show these links and more.
|02-04-2013 04:51 PM|
I will keep an eye out for them, and in the meantime rock my Regor 250 a bit longer.
|02-04-2013 04:20 PM|
Prices after coupon:
FX-6100: $104.98 (+$13)
FX-4300: $114.98 (+$23)
FX-6300: $123.98 (+$32)
List of AMD FX microprocessors for specs
Personally, I would go with the newer Vishera FX-4300 for a gaming system. http://www.anandtech.c
To get the price lower, you could go with the AMD Athlon II X4 640 for $64.33.
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