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Pros: Excellent memory running it on a z97-AR board. After tweaking in BIOS it read right at 2133 MHz. The memory is stable and responds well to overclocking (mild on my rig). I chose this RAM because it reads at 1.60 volts and not 1.65 creating less strain on a system I am hoping lasts a long time.
Cons: On install it wanted to default to 1333MHz. Here's where a little knowledge goes a long way; adjust the voltage in BIOS to tweak it to read correctly. After that, its clear sailing.
Other Thoughts: My rig 4790k, 512 Crucial SSD,32 gigs Hyper x Savage memory, Z97 main board, ASUS x2 DVDRW, ASUS Radeon R9 200 series graphics card. I set the system up to run conservatively in order to create a lasting system, not that its not smokin' fast as is:) The RAM is what makes it happen. Invest in good quality RAM if you do nothing else.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Compatible with Z-97 Motherboard w/Intel 4790k processor, fast, OC's well, fairly easy installation of 32 gigs of 2133 memory.
Cons: None, but a little knowledge goes a long way with the installation process.
Other Thoughts: The memory wanted to default to 1333 and it took some tweaking in BIOS to get it to speed. It runs at 100% of advertised speed, no glitches, no BSOD's like I have read others complain of. The memory is fast, and stable. Completed benchmarks without a hitch. Would highly recommend this memory. Maybe I should have opted for faster memory...hmmm....READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Performs well. I bought the Haswell to replace an 8350 AMD unit because I have always had good experiences with Intel products.This was a little different however. I used a good ASUS z97-AR board, 1866 memory, and a cooler master hyper 22 cooler and while it runs a lot cooler thant the AMD unit ran, I have yet to notice ungodly real world performance gains. Maybe it was wishful thinking on my part. The WEI score that went up was the 'calculations per second' to a 7.9, my cpu stayed at a 7.8. I have yet to over clock this beast giving it time to break in, The AMD would not overclock with its Gigabyte board period, so I ran it stock using it to play some games like Crysis, etc, which it did quite admirably, and research.
Cons: While there are o real cons, if I had to do it over again I would not have spent the 300 bucks on a new processor and the extra bucks on a new board as the performance gains are just not worth it. However as I say, I have not over clocked the machine, so I don't know how it will respond to O.C.efforts
Other Thoughts: Just wanted to get this out. In my experience both the AMD and the Haswell as so close in stock performance as to be negligible. The AMD is lots cheaper, runs hotter, but is very stable and robust. Sounds like I am a fan of AMD products, I am not, I just try to be objective about a thing. My preference is for an Intel based system, however their processors took a nosedive when Intel changed manufacturing processes a few generations back. The last good processor put out by Intel affordable by the masses was the i2700k. Now the price of those run as high as $460.00 - ridiculous, but so goes the market.READ FULL REVIEW