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Pros: Overclocks easily to 2666+. I was able to get 2933 at 15-16-16 38 1t at 1.38v ! that's with two 16GB sets ! I also got in on sale for about 62.80!
Cons: none really!READ FULL REVIEW
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