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This review is from: ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Inexpensive, yet supports all 1155 CPUs. Small size, easily fits into a multitude of cases, including media-type boxes. Includes Intel's Safe Business tech if you want that.
Cons: Not a lot of external ports. Only one SATA3 port. No USB3 front port connector. Doesn't support overclocking in any meaningful way.
Other Thoughts: This motherboard is great if you want a basic 1155-supporting board and don't want to overclock.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Relatively inexpensive, yet almost as effective as more expensive coolers, especially with lower levels of overclocking.
Rear bracket mounts to motherboard, making it easier to install the main heatsink on top.
Includes one fan and has the clips, screws, and rubber isolating pads for another fan if you want a push/pull setup.
Cons: The instructions are very basic, but they do show you what to do. I wasn't sure how the heatsink would stay on the mount at first, but it works. Having three hands would be nice but it's doable once you figure it out :)
The heatsink barely clears one of my DDR sticks - if I had tall-heatsink RAM I'd have to move it (it only overhangs one RAM slot). If you had four sticks, you might be stuck. This is on an ASRock Z75 Pro3 motherboard.
Similarly if you have a side fan that's up near the CPU, you may need to remove the fan - I have a side fan, but it's positioned lower, so I'm okay.
Other Thoughts: I was running an Ivy i5-3570K at 4.2GHz (42x) and was getting 65C CPU temps on the stock cooler, in a well-ventilated case (5 fans on low/med).
With this cooler, I'm able to run at 40C at 43x at stock voltage. I know I could go higher with more voltage, but I don't like increasing voltage on CPUs.
I suggest orienting the heatsink and fan to blow upwards through the heatsink if you have an exhaust fan on top. It's making a difference in my setup.
Make sure you install everything else before installing this, and make sure it will fit your case beforehand. In particular, people with four large-heatsinked DDR sticks might want to find another cooler.
Overall though, if this cooler fits your system (it should fit the majority), I highly recommend it. It's perfect for anyone who wants to overclock, yet isn't trying to ultra-max their CPU, or for someone who just wants something (much) better than the stock cooler.
Pros: This CPU is the best value for the money from Intel right now. I easily overclocked mine to 4.2GHz (42x) on the stock cooler at stock voltage with no issues, on a low-cost Z75-based motherboard. Ivy Bridge is around 10% faster than Sandy overall.
Cons: The i7 is a bit faster, mostly because it has more cache, and partly because it has Hyperthreading. It also costs more.
Ivy Bridge apparently runs hotter than Sandy, but not by much, and with decent cooling, it doesn't matter. For me, the benefits of Ivy (PCI-E 3.0, HD4000, ~10% faster overall) outweigh the small increase in heat.
Other Thoughts: If you want a chip that is almost as fast as an i7 at 2/3 the price, get this. It easily overclocks about 25% faster on the stock cooler, and will go higher if you get better cooling and/or are willing to overvolt.
And even without any OC, it's still fast enough to take any modern game when paired with a high-end video card.