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Well I thought I would like to express some thoughts on my current computer experience with an AMD based computer specs in sig might not be fully up to date now but I'll sort that soon.

Anyway I built this rig back in July 2010 so it's been going 6 years with several upgrades over the the years the usual RAM, CPU, Graphics, SSD etc.

Specifically I went from a Phenom 2 555 x2 that was unlocked to a B55 x4 with 2Gb 1600 ram, eventually upgraded to a Piledriver 3850 now running at 4.8 ghz with RAM at 1920Mhz and this thing still flies as a gaming machine and everything else I use it for , I'd say I've had my moneys worth out of this computer and feels like it was a really good option at the time still, I think i'll not be needing an upgrade to my platform for at least another 2 years maybe a GPU upgrade in between for VR, I think multi threaded apps are going to extend the life of AMD FX platform further yet bu Im still looking forward to what AMD might offer in the 200 - 250 pound slot with polaris arch.

I really don't think AMD's FX platform from 6 years ago has done that bad really, i'm still really happy with my current setup and think it will last a lil longer. looking forward to Zen, it sound promising but you never know with tech companies the marketing can be pretty aggressive even if the product is not all that great, we'll have wait and see, i really hope AMD can become competative again the x86 market needs it.

Thanks if you bothered to read, its just my 2 pennies on user experience of AMD as my personal platform for the past 6 year..... So far!

Regards

James
Edited by Dynomutt - 6/1/16 at 3:55pm
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I got the same feels, I feel ya. My 8320 is still more than enough for my gaming and work needs. That RX480 got my attention though
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I have the same great AMD experience. For sure Intel have faster plataforms, but i really dont care about syntetic benchies and all games i have run incredibly well, with amazing fps.

I put my RIG together back in 2012 (FX-8350 + R9 280X + 8GB DDR3@1866), after using Intel for several years. I do not regret nothing ! I save a lot of bucks going with AMD and the FX octa core aged very well.

Since more and more modern games are multi threaded, the FX becomes more and more appealing.

I always use my hardware for about 5~6 years. This AMD RIG already have 4 years but it´s not getting slower at all, it just get better and better, since the software now uses it properly.

Way ahead of its time this FX CPU was when release.

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I have a 8320FX with R9 290x and its within a just few points of the recommended reference VR setup for 3Dmark - with nothing overclocked.

I bought the chip a while back for $144. it works as well as my i5 and xeon CPU as far as I'm concerned.

Both the FX and the 290x turned out to be great purchases. I'd buy the low-power FX if I was building a system today...
Edited by bbond007 - 6/2/16 at 6:11pm
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When I compare what I do with my little 7850K daily to the general interweb midset that current AMD cpus are junk this chip is pretty amazing. Overclocking made a very noticeable difference and the overall price was less than I'd ever spent on a comparable system in the past.
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Ive used both Intel and AMD but prefer AMD. The FX chip line was forward thinking. If intel would have produced the same chips, industry would be programming more for high core count instead of single thread performance. I find it impressive that a chip produced in 2012 is even on the market and considered a viable option.

I still miss my dual Opteron 6320s. it was a great system. If i didnt need a single thread performance upgrade, i would still be using it.

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Probably should mention im biased towards AMD. Started using their chips with the K6-3 400.
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My first chip was a dx2 66mhz. First upgrade was a amd k62-350mhz

I like and use both and head to head the amd FX compare favorable to Intel in price/performance
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Originally Posted by Dynomutt View Post

Well I thought I would like to express some thoughts on my current computer experience with an AMD based computer specs in sig might not be fully up to date now but I'll sort that soon.

...

Thanks if you bothered to read, its just my 2 pennies on user experience of AMD as my personal platform for the past 6 year..... So far!

Regards

James

Thank you for sharing, OP.
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Originally Posted by 7850K View Post

When I compare what I do with my little 7850K daily to the general interweb midset that current AMD cpus are junk this chip is pretty amazing. Overclocking made a very noticeable difference and the overall price was less than I'd ever spent on a comparable system in the past.

That's something I might dabble in with the 7860K, but I'm not sure about the cooling in the Node 302 case. Even with the 65W TDP, it's 28nm, and the case isn't exactly designed with overclocking and airflow in mind.

I went with a Noctua NH-L9a, as I read the stock heatsink may not fit on a Mini-ITX motherboard, if it has the protruding heat pipes. I also just like Noctua fans. This might inhibit any overclocking, however.

Config I just ordered for a media center / Steam box:

- Fractal Design Node 202 Small Form Factor Computer Case with Integra SFX 450w Power Supply
- AMD A10-7860K
- ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
- G.SKILL TridentX Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) F3-2400C10D-8GTX

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Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post

My first chip was a dx2 66mhz. First upgrade was a amd k62-350mhz

I like and use both and head to head the amd FX compare favorable to Intel in price/performance

My first PC was a dumpster dive from a business that was literally throwing old PCs into a dumpster.

The PC was a Sperry branded PC clone with a 12 MHz AMD 286 processor. It took a while to realize the full speed of the chip, since the previous owner had flipped a dip switch, setting the speed to 4.77 MHz (we'll presume it was for application compatibility.)

My first real "custom built" PC was from a mail order house, it was to be used at college, and we went back to AMD for their 386 DX-40. That CPU was awesome for the money. It was faster than Intel 486 SX 25s you would see in lots of much more expensive PCs at your local computer retailer.

From there it was a lot more AMD.

AMD 486 DX2/80 - that was the first PC I bought and built with money I earned, and I valued it more than the others, obviously. I got a lot of use out of that system. While others were rocking Intel 486 DX2/66s and DX4/100s (I was jealous of the latter, actually, since it bested the Pentium 60) I stuck with AMD for as long as I could.

My first foray into Intel processors didn't occur until the Pentium II, but that was short lived as I eventually went back to AMD when their Athlon XP lineup was really strong. I moved over to the Athlon64 and finished out with the 4400+. They were great systems for their time. I only stopped using AMD when the Asus Socket 939 motherboard I had blew up while I was using it. No overclock, it just popped and the room smelled of burnt PCB for the rest of the day.

I went without a custom PC for several years after that (EDIT: It was 6 years!) mostly because I had a laptop for work and used it at home most of the time. We had an XBOX 360 and a Wii, so my gaming fix was mostly taken care of with those.

I may be running an Intel X99 system today, but I'm watching AMD closely (would like a moment of Zen...)
Edited by mypickaxe - 6/7/16 at 9:32am
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