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Pros: - Great Performance at its rated speed
- Stays cool under stress
Cons: - Fans need clips on both side of RAM slots to install which my motherboard only has clips one side. Common nowadays which i am surprised G. Skill has not accounted for.
- Fans are huge!
- Hard to get stable above 1600MHz. Which my computer now refuses to post if RAM is set above 1600MHz.. Diagnostics concluded it is the RAM not allowing the computer to post. and if the computer does post it takes forever to initialize any operation that has to do with the RAM
- I have two resistors touching each other! One is off the pad on the PCB which is touching a nearby resistor! This is not IPC standard! Lucky, the trace shows it goes that direction anyways.
Other Thoughts: Flawless RAM! I mean absolutely Flawless that is until about a 1.2 years later.......
Running the RAM at 2400MHz was an absolute treat did so since day 1.
One day however my desktop refused to POST out of nowhere. It continued to hang up at code Fb with the DRAM led diagnostic light lit up. Switch the RAM out every known way I could still refused even with just one stick. Stuck a different DDR3 chip in 1600MHz G. Skill RAM and it booted up, stuck this stuff back in would not post until I lowered the speed to 2133MHz.
Played there for awhile until a month or two later, Bang, no POST this time with code 14, tweakit lock out, and DRAM LED lit once again. Since the RAM locked the BIOS up this time I was forced to clear CMOS and recover my settings.
I now have the RAM limping at 1600 MHz. We will see how long this holds up .... time to save for new RAM.
Oh, btw one of my chips has a resistor off its pad, another is misaligned and touching a nearby resistor.... could be why these chips are slowing dying out ... nor is this up to IPC Standards. I am surprised these chips passed through testing, and quality. I assemble power control PCB at my work place so I know what I am looking at, but if these chips made it out our door lives could be at risk if our products where to fail.
Pros: - Runs cool despite 130watt TDP
- Powerful (encoded a 320Kbps, 1 GB File Size song in 25 seconds)
- Awesome Overclocking ability
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: This thing is a beast! I upgraded from a Core i5 2500 and this CPU blew my mind being able to handle anything I threw at it with ease. My example is in a game of Minecraft in an amplified world..... My old Core i5 2500 would get maxed out during normal gameplay and heat up ~65c where under the same conditions this CPU goes, "Haha That tickled" only needing 25% of its total processing power!! Now THAT IS AWESOME!
I can get with a Xigmatec Black Knight CPU Cooler and thermal grease I run temps around 35c idle to 50c max load! Yes 50c max load..... all cores clocked @ 4.1GHz
and oh I normally run this CPU at 4.1GHz BUT IT CAN DO SO MUCH MORE. I hate overclocking but its like a waste of cash not to overclock this beast! I got a stable 4.65GHz before needing to back off.
If you are on the line.... just buy this beast! You will NOT be sad at all!
This review is from: Intel Elements
Cons: Contest or whatever this is ended 3 days after I got this as a combo deal with my processor?
Other Thoughts: I bought my processor on 2/6/2014 and got Intel Elements as a free bundle...... well come to find out Intel Elements ended on 2/3/2014!!!!!!!!! and this "product" is still listed as a free bundle deal!!!!
Newegg! Get it together! This was totally unfair to give my a expired promotion. Not Cool.