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Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W BX80648I75960X Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Stable, high core count, high thread count, DDR4 memory, 4 channel memory, lots of PCI-e lanes

Cons: Price is the only real gripe

Other Thoughts: I bought this because the 6 core Haswell-E processors were all hamstrung in one way or another. I was reluctant because of the price, but I went ahead anyway. My main CPU intensive task is video encoding. To encode 1920x1080 video into a nice, compact h264 bitstream is a very CPU intensive task. My old machine was an AMD 6 core CPU overclocked to 3.7GHz. I had enabled GPU help in the encode, but even the AMD CPU was fast enough that the encoder only lightly used the GPU for filtering and did the encoding on the CPU. With this CPU, I overclocked it to 4.0GHz (easily) with nothing more than using a water cooler system. Even on 8 hour long encoding sessions the water cooler and 4.0GHz setting keeps the CPU from ever going above about 48 to 50' C. I can tell when I'm encoding because the fan speed on the water cooler kicks up, but that's it. With this setup in place, this CPU is about 3 times faster than my old 6 core AMD CPU. 1920x1080 encodes went from being about 2 times real time to about 2/3 real time (meaning on the AMD setup a 1 hour encode took 2 hours to complete, but on this setup a 1 hour encode takes about 40 minutes to complete). So there you go.

Rosewill Photon-1200, PHOTON Series 1200W Full Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS Gold Certified, Single +12V Rail, Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready, SLI & Crossfire Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have the 1200 watt version of this power supply, and I've been using it to power bitcoin miners. It's been putting out a steady 1000 watts of 12v power for over a month under 24x7 conditions without a single hitch and it runs exceptionally cool even under these high load conditions.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The fully modular nature is nice too. Since I don't use any of the normal plugs for things like SATA or other stuff, only the 12v PCI-e plugs, it keeps my clutter down.

AOC u2868Pqu Black 28” 1 ms 4K Ultra HD LED Backlight LCD Monitor, 1.07Billion color, 300 cd/m2, built-in speakers, HDMI/MHL, 4x USB, Height&Pivot adjustable
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fine, very crisp detail. No discernable flickering like you might get if you had a 4K/30Hz display. Nice slim profile in case you wanted to VESA mount on a monitor arm or similar. The stand is nice and seems sturdy enough to hold the 28" size of this monitor.

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: There is a color temperature mismatch between my two monitors. My older monitor uses compact flourescent lights for the backlight source, and this is LED. The result is that this monitor has more of a blue tint than my older one. Not a big deal, but side by side it's noticable. I decide to get a second one of these and put my other monitor out to pasture so my dual display would be more closely matched.


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Display Name: George L.

Date Joined: 05/06/09

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 12/10/13
  • Last Review: 01/06/15
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