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This review is from: ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Um, looks fairly nice... Decent feature set, I think.
Cons: DOA. Wow, put together a mid-high end system for a customer, and nothing, nada. ASUS, what gives? I guess a company is entitled to a few duds, and I have installed quite a few ASUS baords, but never one where nothing is working (well, the little green LED is on). Now have to wait for RMA process...
Other Thoughts: BlehREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor BX80601950
Pros: Amazing that the Bloomfield core is still viable, but it is. Overclocks well (see below). Allows triple-channel ram. Still one of the fastest CPUs out there, even at stock. High OCing ability (4+ GHz) attainable, and you can leave Hyperthreading on, which gives impressive multi-tasking capability. At 4 GHz, only about 32 C at idle, even with a slight volt bump. Although not cheap, it's a strong value now that the price is dropped.
Cons: Overclocks well, but not easily. Very difficult to tweak (many settings to adjust, in increments - very time consuming to get the best performance), although rewarded by impressive speed once done. Not as dominant vs. Sandy/Ivy Bridge and Bulldozer as vs. the CPUs available when it debuted, but it's still fairly expensive. Included HSF highly not recommended if OCing.
Other Thoughts: Stock HSF NOT adequate for OCing - I used Sunbeam Twister; it's massive, and has two 120 mm fans, and is very reasonably priced (make sure it will fit in your case!). If willing to take the time to tweak, you will be rewarded with a monster PC. Suggest weighing Sandy/Ivy Bridge vs this if considering it, to determine which will fit your needs the best. If you decide on this CPU, you will not be disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Direct X11 compatible, good for HTPC or business/non-gamer PC, small and low power, quiet. May be able to play some games if the game is on low settings or is older. One Gig of video ram (although DDR3).
Cons: At regular price it is overpriced, although it does beat an 8400GS (or the like) for an HTPC, etc.
Other Thoughts: At about 35ish it's a decent card for what it's designed for. At 55, there are better options, even if you have to spend a few more bucks. Benchmarks about like a 7900gs.READ FULL REVIEW