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Pros: It's a powerful quad-core CPU with multi-threading and an unlocked multiplier, the best you can get for the LGA-1155 socket. Works great on my Asus Z68 motherboard after a BIOS update. Incredibly fast in every task even at default clock speed with a reasonable TPD. And unlike the Sandy Bridge equivalents it uses PCI Express 3.0, so I won't have to upgrade my CPU for 5-6 years.
Cons: It doesn't cook breakfast for me.
Other Thoughts: I got this as an upgrade from my i5-2500. I didn't know as much as I do now about computers and I quickly regretted not getting the i5-2500K or i7-2600K along with my Z68 motherboard. So I saved money to get the best of the best: PCIe 3.0, hyper-threading and an unlocked multiplier seemed worth upgrading.
But the best wasn't written on the spec list. I heard about Ivy Bridge's poor overclocking performance, people with a similar setup as mine generally aren't able to go higher than 4.3-4.4 GHz. But I was able to reach 4.8 GHz! And it's 24h-Prime95 stable, I could probably push it even more but I don't want to needlessly stress such an incredible chip. I guess I won the silicon lottery and I'm really happy about it. Of course it won't apply to everyone, so I can't write that in the pro field. If you're an overclocking enthusiast you might want to look at the i7-4790K with improved thermal interface on the latest Z97 platform. But if you have a weaker i3 or i5 on a P68/Z68/Z75/Z77 motherboard and want to future-proof your system, get this while it's still available.
Pros: WOW. Just, wow. This PSU is everything I wanted and more. It runs cool and dead silent thanks to the "hybrid fan design" - basically it runs fanless unless you hit about 400W, which only happens during benchmarking in my case. And even then the excellent Sanyo Denki fan remains inaudible. It made me realize how loud my old power supply was: there was a small vibration coming from my exhaust fan that I never heard before I got this new PSU. And of course it runs cool, being rated 80+ Platinum. Lots of cables included for all your needs, there's even an additional 8-pin CPU power cable for those crazy overclocking motherboards. It's standard size so it will fit in just about any micro-ATX or ATX case, and most mini-ITX towers.
Cons: Only real con I can think of are the kinda stiff cables, and it,s not a major issue. Separating the individual wires can help if you really need some more flexibility.
Other Thoughts: While it can't really be considered a con, this PSU isn't very cable modding-friendly. Pre-made cable sets for this unit are rare and expensive, and if you want to make your own there are lots of dual wires in the 20+4-pin ATX power cable, you have to be extremely careful to avoid breaking them.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: These fans have a good airflow and are very quiet. Not as much as Noctuas or other high end fans of course but they are three times cheaper. And they arent brown. The colored rings are a nice touch.
Cons: They can actually get very noisy if you use them at high speed on a fan controller, they are optimised for low RPMs. However they will move A LOT of air at high speed, so it's not bad. The rubber feet can be hard to screw inREAD FULL REVIEW