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Pros: ~Runs all current-gen games at full-frame, max settings with nary a hiccup. Unigine Heaven DX11 Bench 2.5 Basic when running DX11, disabled stereo 3D, high shaders, normal tesselation, ansiotropy of 4x, anti-aliasing off, full-screen at 1920x1080, gets a score of 1388, average FPS of 55.1, min of 31, max of 121.7. That's with two screens on, the benchmark running on one, this review on the other.
~Runs much cooler than the 4800-series ever did. Slightly overclocked, it barely cracks 50C at full load.
~Looks good in the case
Cons: ~Doesn't overclock well. Less than a 15% overclock on stock cooling before it chokes. Will try again when I get a water block on it.
~Somewhat heavy, puts a bit of downward strain on the PCIe slot.
Pros: ~Worked out of the box with no extra configuration needed in both XenServer and several distributions of Linux, despite neither being listed on the compatibility list on the specs.
~Fits, low-profile and looks decent in a case.
~Bandwidth tests running on both ports over gigabit Cat-6 to a gigabit-capable router show full simultaneous gigabit speeds on both ports with minimal increased latency under full saturation.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: For the price, I'm concerned about longevity, but we'll see over time! :)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: ~Maintains low temps on a moderately overclocked i7 4770k. Stock idle was under 30C, stock 100% load was under 60C. Overclocked to 4375 MHz, idle is 40C and 100% load with Prime95's hottest-running tests couldn't peak 75C. This is also on the stock thermal paste that came with the cooler. Will be replacing that with Arctic Silver ASAP and will update the review with further results as I do.
~Keeps the inside of the PC looking neat/clean when properly installed.
~Quiet during low to mid CPU loads.
Cons: ~Fan noise is not linear to RPM. From 0% to about 60% load, it's inaudible. From 60% to 80%, it begins to get noticeable. At 100% load, I've had 1U rackmount servers that were quieter. Replace the fan with a Noctua at your earliest convenience for sanity's sake. And for even better performance, set up two of them in push/pull. The relatively poor-quality fan is what knocked off an egg for this one.
~Instructions were not included for an LGA1150 install despite the box claiming 1150 compatibility.. You have to use the 2011 standoffs, not the 1156. It does work, though. Not a huge deal, I was able to figure it out after the 1156 standoffs didn't work, but you know there will be people out there scratching their heads.
~Stock thermal interface should be cleaned off and replaced with real thermal paste ASAP.
Other Thoughts: The time it takes this cooler to cool my CPU from its 100% load to idle temps is ridiculously good for a relatively small all-in-one unit. Literally, it's on the order of less than 3 seconds.READ FULL REVIEW