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Pros: This CPU is working wonderfully for my needs. I'm a gamer, so due to my overclocking needs I opted for this over Ivy Bridge, as the IB series run far too hot for my liking. I'm currently getting 4.8ghz Prime95 12hr stable at 1.375v. Max temps around 68-71c using a Corsair H100 cooling solution during prime, mid-high 50s gaming.
10503 3dMark11 score
36504 3dMark Vantage score
Cons: None so far. It seems that 5.2 is the max I can pull out of this chip, but prefer 4.8 since those 400mhz have a large difference in temperature/required voltage.
Other Thoughts: 2700k @ 4.8ghz
Asrock Extreme4 Gen3
120gig OCZ Agility SSD
PC Power & Cooling 910w Silencer
Creative X-fi Xtreme Gamer
Pros: Very efficient architecture. It has a lower power draw than my prior card, the now outdated gtx280, while VASTLY outperforming it in games.
Also, it's drastically quieter. Setting the fan to 100%, which I had 24/7 on my last card, made it sound like a jet engine. This card is significantly quieter, even with fan at 100%.
Cons: None yet. I'll come back if something goes wrong. I might possibly be bottlenecking this card with my outdated cpu, but it shouldn't be TOO extreme.
Other Thoughts: e8600 @ 4.2ghz
6 gigs 1066 ddr2
scores 17k in 3Dmark Vantage. Haven't had a chance to try 3dMark 11 yet.
Pros: This card is superb. I run Crysis at all maxed settings on a 22" widescreen, and it's smooth as butter. All settings very high, no AA, no forced AF. No other game is really even worth mentioning, as only Crysis truly justifies this cards existence right now. Coming from an 8800gt that ran everything else beautifully. I can't tell the difference in most of the games I play. UT3 is slightly smoother, Bioshock could probably play at a higher resolution now..
Cons: The thing is huge. Fit's easily into most full towers, but if you have a mid tower, break out a tape measure first. I hear it has a high wattage pull, so make sure you have plenty of overhead, or a high quality PSU. I use PC Power&Cooling 610 Silencer that I got here. Superb brand. I might want the 750 later, but not yet.
Other Thoughts: The absolute latest drivers that I got from guru3d are far better than the ones on nvid's actual site. They're far more mature already than the whql drivers. Fixes a microstuttering problem i was having in UT3 and Crysis.
email@example.com, 4gb corsair dominator 1066, gigabyte aurora 570. pc p&c 610
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