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Pros: Good price for this speed and capacity.
8GB in two slots... puts a smile on my face just thinking about it
Cons: Had to increase the latency to 8-8-8-26 (just a bit higher than spec) to get stable operation @1600 in my system (Phenom X4 905e). Higher voltage did not help. It may work better with newer CPU's, though. Note: at 1333, these chips were stable at the advertised timings and voltage.
Other Thoughts: Using with the Phenom X4 905e, and an AMD 890GX chipset mini-atx motherboard built by MSI. Throw in a cable-card tuner from Ceton and you have a sweet HTPC. Going up to 8GB of RAM is icing on the cake.
Prior to buying these, I had a set 2x2GB sticks made by a different company - the heat spreaders made them so thick I could not fit them into adjacent memory slots (which is required for dual-channel operation). That's not a problem with these DIMMs - they fit with enough room in-between to allow for good air flow.
Pros: Works just fine; stable at specified settings.
Cons: None, really. Great memory for the price.
Other Thoughts: I use two pairs of these in the same computer. The first pair I bought over a year ago from a brick-and-mortar store, and I got the second pair just recently here at NewEgg. The old and new pairs do not use the same chips (different voltage requirements) but they work together just fine anyway. It's nice to get four DIMM's running on a Phenom II system at full speed with max settings. _\m/READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: * Supremely fast.
* A pair of these is cooler and quieter than my old 4870x2.
* Glowing "Matrix" activity lights are kinda neat.
Cons: * Price, I suppose. That's not so much of a "CON" as a fact of life, though. Top performance costs money, period.
* Size, I suppose. Again, this is just a fact of life. If you want to keep something like this cool and quiet, you need a large cooling solution.
Other Thoughts: * The stock memory speed is actually 1200 MHz - not 1225. That's not a serious problem, though; I overclocked mine to 1225 MHz with no issues. So if you just can't live without that extra 25MHz, you may be able to get it by overclocking. Still, the specs and product should match.
* You *cannot* install two of these cards side-by-side without blocking airflow into the "top" card. However, the included CrossFire bridge cable is not long enough to do anything else. The package should really include a longer CrossFire bridge cable.