Editors Liked

  • Modular and versatile architecture
  • Great performance in multithreaded applications
  • Great overclocking potential
  • Overclocking
  • Eight cores fully unlocked
  • Decent stock ad Turbo speeds
  • Runs cool at stock speeds
  • Cheap entry point
  • Officially supports 4GHzplus turbo speeds and DDR31866 memory
  • An FX system has 42 PCIE lanes as opposed to the 24 lanes of a Sandy Bridge system
  • 990FX chipset supports NVIDIA SLI
  • Excellent multithreaded performance
  • Attractive price
  • Modern design
  • Elegant modular architecture

Editors Didn't Like

  • General performance below expectations
  • High power consumption under load, compared to Intel's chips
  • Not the best choice for hardcore gamers
  • Outperformed by Intel offering
  • Runs very hot during overclock
  • Not much software in the market optimized for eight cores
  • Requires a new Socket AM3 motherboard
  • Single core performance has remained static
  • Full performance requires Windows 8 system and applications that use its new instructions
  • Performance In Single Threaded Apps Not On Par With Multithreaded
  • Not as fast as Thuban (1100T) in lightload apps
  • Underload powerdraw not ideal
  • Arguably still behind Intel's SB as an all-round chip
  • Slower than cheaper chips in tests with single-threaded apps; new AM3+ socket demands new motherboard