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Reviewed by Nathan S from Lakeside, CA on 07/11/16
I was happy to get such a high clock speed. Even with AMD's cool and quiet technology and C6 states, I'm still seeing 3.7-3.98GHz with these features enabled. Seem to be a marked improvement from my old Athlon x2 440. The price is fantastic. I don't need an integrated GPU so this is a perfect upgrade for me.
Concerned with temps. AMD makes temperature readings confusing. Sitting in BIOS on HW monitoring page, CPU temp climbs drastically. Goes (in increments of 0.5C) from about 31.0C-41.0C, sometimes higher. Again, in BIOS while it's doing like nothing. Has me concerned. Booting to Desktop and using Asrock's Fstream Utility, temperature reading is about 32-33C, while idle. Using AMD's Overdrive software only shows "Thermal Margin" which is "how far away from the MAX temperature you are" & I'll get (continued...)
Maybe check out Tom's Hardware or HardOCP forums to see if this is a good match for you.
I had been wanting to upgrade a media server at home for quite some time and finally reached the means to do so. I was still having to piece it together as funds became available and had only the cas... (more)