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Pros: * 4 Cores, 8 threads of Haswell speed (close match to an i7-4770)
* Stock cooler is adequate and has a copper core
* VT-D enabled
Cons: * No iGPU (no quick sync)
* Locked multiplier (obvious)
* Stock heatsink has allowed temps as high as 75C
Other Thoughts: I've done my fair share of builds, and I always try to find a good bang for the buck. I almost exclusively did AMD builds up and to a MAME machine I did which I needed less threads and higher IPC, so I did a dual core Intel Pentium G3220. I was amazed by that CPU, so I gave up on AMD (at least until they can release something semi-competitive to the IPC of the Sandy Bridge + core architecture). I also had a hard time not having 8 threads, since this is replacing a sandy bridge laptop with an i7. I got used to having 8 CPU graphs :-), so no i5 for me.
This CPU, as noted is basically an i7-4770 with a slightly lower turbo (3.8 rather than 3.9 GHz). Sure, I could have gone with a 4GHz i7, but the lower TDP, combined with a much lower price (about $60 less) make this a great CPU for the price. Don't get this CPU if you want to use 'on-board' graphics, as for Intel boards it uses the iGPU, which this CPU does not include. But for the gamer who doesn't care about overclocking this is a great value.
I'm using the stock cooler, which during winter months with lower ambient temps may be fine. Time will tell when ambient temps go up whether or not I will swap it out to something more potent.
Pros: * Delivers sufficient power
* Quiet operation
* Modularity where it counts.
* Nice big fan
Cons: * No software monitoring
* Only 1 PCI-E connector (although 8-pin is rated for the same as 2 6-pins, 2 6-pins are more common)
* Limited connectors
Other Thoughts: I purchased this PSU to power my new gaming rig. I wanted to match the PSU to power efficient components, and what I ended up with was a Xeon e3 1231-v3 (3.4GHz 4 cores 8 threads, basically i7 4770 w/o iGPU), MSI H97M-G43 and an Nvidia GTX 970 reference card, 2x8GB DDR3 1600, 3x120mm fans (Corsair Air 240 case). My Kill-a-watt reads 380 watt pull with Furmark burn-in and cpu-burn (7 threads) on. This is 100% GPU load an 90-95% CPU load according to HW Monitor. That's pretty much a worse case scenario for the 12v rails, and I don't use a lot of 5v (think USB). Gaming is pulls about 320 from the wall, so I'm guessing that the load is about 65% when gaming (working out at about 90% efficiency) and worst case 75% load, which I feel pretty safe at. I don't have a lot of headroom here, but it's a pretty solid PSU, as I've only noticed mild heat and I don't notice the fan noise. Time will tell how it works out, but it's capable enough of delivering the goods for the hardware listed above :-)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good price, decent quality, nice spreader?
Cons: Not as cheap as it was a few years ago
Other Thoughts: I hated paying so much for 4GB when I remember when 8GB sticks were running in around in the $40 range a couple years ago. But such is the ride of memory - I watched this same thing with DDR2 years ago. Guess I'll have to wait for the DDR4 boat to come around to buy large amounts of RAM again.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Aaron R.
Date Joined: 01/06/03
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