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Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I74790K
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, better thermal transfer than the 4770K, higher default clock rate.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've been reading a lot of comments about overheating with this processor, so I was hesitant at first, but when you follow common sense, it's a no-brainer.

1. Don't waste time with the factory heat-sink. I don't think it's adequate. Spend the extra $50 and get an "after-market" cooler. I chose the Zalman CNPS9900ALED (it will fit in my 1100 Antec case with plenty of room, and it's fan speed is controlled by the motherboard for noise.)

2. During assembly, apply a uniformly-thin coating of thermal grease on the top of the processor before attaching your "after-market" cooler - it comes with the Zalman. It's not like you can put too much grease on the processor, although things might get messy when the overage squishes out once the cooler is attached. You can, however put too little on, so there is poor thermal contact between the top of the processor and the bottom of the cooler. Again, use common sense.

3. Follow the instructions, using the Silver screws (not the gold ones), and tighten them uniformly, in alternating patterns...

My system includes the following pieces:

*** Antec Eleven Hundred V2 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
*** Antec HCG M Series HCG-520M 520W Power Supply
*** ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
*** Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I74790K
*** ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
*** G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C11D-16GAB

No overclocking:
1. At idle, my system runs at 23 degrees C (fans are barely running, so it's real quiet)
2. Under Prime95 torture testing (In-place large FFTs), it runs at 39 degrees C.

Overclocked 15% (4.6GHz):
1. At idle, system runs at 27 degrees C
2. Under Prime95 torture testing (In-place large FFTs), it runs at 56 degrees C.
3. Under Prime95 extreme torture testing (small FFTs, FPU and L2 cache), it runs at 78 degrees C.

It will also calculate 1M digits of PI (using Super PI mod) in 7.87 seconds... which is kinda cool.

I highly recommend this processor.

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MSI Z87-G55 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I liked the fact this came right out of the box and into the case and fired up without a hitch. I've had some troubles with MSI in the past, and didn't think I'd ever use them again, but the price was hard to pass up. I purchased this board, along with a Core I5-4460 processor and 16GB of memory (GSKILL F3-1600C9Q-16GAB) and everything was literally plug in and go.

Cons: The manual indicated there was a connector to plug all of the case connections into before plugging into the header on the board, but the box didn't have one. Not a big deal - this is the only fault I could find with this board. Also, installing the drivers from the disk was extremely fast, but using the Update6 utility for follow-on updates is HORRIBLY slow. I might suggest you go to the website and just download what you need rather than use this utility...

Other Thoughts: I added a larger heat-sink to the processor (DYNATRON K17 ) just in case - I don't trust those heat-sinks that come with the processors...

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ASUS Z87-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I purchased this board 8/2/13 after having gone through 2 MSI Z87 MPOWER motherboards that gave me nothing but trouble. (NewEgg item#N82E16813130691). The installation was a typical motherboard installation, with nothing unexpected. The system powered up, and has worked flawlessly since installation. For the extra $40, the lack of headache was worth it. I should have started with ASUS in the beginning.

Cons: Initially I had some difficulties with the USB ports, but after I installed the updated drivers, all is good. All I can assume is they rushed the release of the board before the software guys had all the bugs worked out. I updated the BIOS as well, just in case. The process is simple, and everything is available from the website.

Other Thoughts: I'm running this board with the following components:
-Intel 4770K processor, overclocked to 4.2Ghz
-MSI Z77 MPOWER DDR3 1600 16GB AVD3U16000904G-4CM
- ZALMAN CNPS9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler Fan

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Display Name: David B.

Date Joined: 12/07/09

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 04/25/13
  • Last Review: 12/29/14
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