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Pros: I bought this CPU in a package with the Ripjaw and
Sabertooth 990fx R2.0 for myself for christmas. I had been on a knife edge switching myself and everything i knew and liked about AMD to intel just so i could SLI now i have the MOBO to do it with and it was packaged with this cpu, but, I have a problem...
Cons: the cooler that came with the CPU was leaking a red fluid in the packaging as soon as i opened it up but i wasn't worried because my wife had purchased for me the Corsair H100 cooler (not the H100i) and I don't know if thats my problem but EVERY SINGLE time i turn on the system i have to without fail open the ASUS AI suite and dial the CPU freq to 4.4 or the system will simply freeze. I've built plenty of rigs and never had this problem. I've all but given up and decided to stick with dialing it down. I want to run it at 4.7 but can't and I've chased every lead from the OS to the MOBO and even the SSD i use. I've had all sorts of people put in their ideas and nothing works.
Other Thoughts: I am not saying its a bad CPU, in fact the only bad word i can find on the this comes from intel fanboys and besides the obvious heat TDP and power requirements I will buy from AMD again but i regret not going/waiting 1 week for a restock of the ASUS 990fx MOBO and going with a 8350READ FULL REVIEW