- 32nm Vishera 125W
- 8MB L3 Cache
- 4 x 2MB L2 Cache
- $179.99 –
- $2.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)
Bought to replace an aging 6 core 3.2 and I always said that if they ever make a 4.0+ 8 core then I could justify the upgrade. Well here we are. I'm an audio producer and our CPU *is* our creativity meter. The impact this made wasn't surprisingly as dramatic as I hoped under load with a big project going, but I learned a lot about which plugins use mutlithreading and which don't. Rendering times are dramatically shorter so if anything it was worth the upgrade here. In gaming I don't notice too much of a difference because I still haven't gotten a new card, but I can only imagine the crunch time on strategy games will be much lower. The one big HUGE difference I did notice is that this thing just eats transcoding alive and wants more. PS3 Media Server went from me tolerating a skip or pause now and then on a 720p video to a 1080p full quality video transcoding in seconds. This is amazing considering I was told by so many people that my bandwidth was the reason this would lag or the devices weren't good enough.. those people were wrong and should feel bad. I think I would have paid the price of this CPU just for that ability alone considering how many devices we've gone through trying to find a reliable media solution that just worked with everything. Also OCed this to 4.3 by moving one setting and I"m pretty OC illiterate. I can see getting much higher with careful experimentation but that's quite enough considering its now over 1ghz and 2 cores more than my previous CPU.
Stock cooler went in the closet. Obviously no one serious about their CPU will use these ever.
Turbo sounds great on paper, but it's a nightmare with audio software and will cause audio program crashes and blue screens due to throttling. Disable it and slightly overclock (its super easy) if you really want the 4.2 and more stability to boot
Paired with Hyper 212 Evo nicely.
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