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Pros: Amazing chip! I have mine running at 4.8Ghz 1.427v with DRAM 1600 cas 9 at 2400Mhz 1.6v (crucial ballastic) on an MSI MATE Z97 board. I got the board and chip at mc for $99 as they had a bundle deal going. I do reccomend a water cooler to get up to this speed as anything past 1.4v gets very hot, I purchased a cheap cooler master on sale for $40 my temps are around 45-46 idle and 67 max. Before purchasing this chip I was using an i7 4930k at 5.0ghz for gaming but needed to use it for work. I then built an AMD rig to see how it does in gaming. I got a FX-6300 with a Gigabyte board, got that up to 4.8ghz at 1.5v (crazy high voltage I know) but stability was fine under stress tests. I bought a cooler master 120mm water cooler which kept it to about 72-75 under max load (62 for gaming). I paired this with a R9 270x which got me playable frames in Arma 2 and 3 but my problem was the studdering and increased frame latency times. I forgot to mention I am running this on two ssds one for the boot, samsung evo, and one for arma, samsung 840 pro. In the end I was extremely dissapointed not really in the amount of frames but in the smoothness of them. During this time I purchased the G3258 for my HTPC not realizing its potential. After the AMD disappointment I decided to try the G3258 with the R9/SSDs as a gaming rig and it did incredibly! The butter smoothness of the frames were amazing. I jumped up an average of 12-15 frames at 1080p from the AMD rig. The single core performance is on par if not better then my i7 (for games like Arma). I would recommend this to any looking for a powerful single/dual core performance chip or any gamer as long as you pair it with the right components.
Cons: I really can't think of any
Other Thoughts: make sure to get a water cooler if you want full oc,ing abilitiesREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Three Included Fans - 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - Two More Optional Side 120mm Fans Supported
Pros: Cheap but you get what you pay for.
Cons: I was unable to fit my 770 4gb in the case, airflow is rather restricted. The blue lights are way to much.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Z87-EXPERT LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Board is stable and is well prepared for SLI setups. The BIOS is easy to use and the dual boot function is great. RAM is stable running at 1600 32gb. Thunderbolt works perfectly and works very well on the OSX side. OSX installed without a hitch and didn't require any boot cammands
Cons: When the board arrived there were a couple bent pins on the south side of the board. Upon closer inspection I decided to fix it myself seeing as Newegg/ Asus would never accept the board back (I heard many horror stories saying they would claim it was user error) After purchasing a magnifying glass I fixed all the bent pins and board functions perfectly.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this as well as an Asrock z87 dual thunderbolt 9/ac board for my two systems. The Asrock is more stable but for running OSX this board would be my choice.READ FULL REVIEW