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Pros: Got it at a good price. Runs cool and fan is quiet. Decent for gaming by itself. Fantastic scaling in crossfire. Have 3 of these cards and havve had no issues. Lucky I guess.
Cons: Had to update BIOS. Not too big of a deal.
Other Thoughts: Have a total of 3 of these cards. 1 is running any game the kids throw at it at 1600x900 resolution running almost all day. The other 2 are in a cross fire setup and running well at 1920x1080. No complaints.
Crossfire setup i5-3570K(stock) 8gb G. Skill 1866, ASrock Z77 Extreme 4, 850 watt PSU.
Single card AMD 1045T six core, 8gb Kingston 1333, Gigabyte 880G and 600 watt PSU.
Pros: Runs at rated speed. Booted right up and posted with rated timings on MSi board. Been rock solid on video editing/gaming machine.
Cons: Heat spreaders hit my cpu cooler fan, Corsair A50. No big deal tho.
Other Thoughts: Ok for all the people ripping G. Skill for the 1.6v rating, Intels white paper on the Sandy Bridge memory controller states that the recommended voltage for ram is 1.5v plus/minus 5%. 1.5v is the Jedec standard. So 1.6v is a little over 5% and the fact that motherboard voltage ratings usually also differ by plus/minus 5% of the actual voltage 1.6v should be fine. Intel also states not to exceed 1.65v for the ram. So you do have some space for voltage fluctuation. I have been using OCZ 1600 ram CAS 6 at 1.62v since SAndy Bridge came out and nothing has melted yet. Intel knows some of you are running $30 PSUs and includes plenty of wiggle room in their recommendations.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor BX80601920
Pros: Runs everything I throw at it. Multitasks well. 10-15% framerate increase in games I've tested, Crysis, COD4, Far Cry 2, at 1900 x 1080 with the same settings used with my Q9650. Both at 3.6ghz.
Cons: Puts out some heat. Stock Intel HSF is the same one they give with the 95 watt Core 2 Quads. LOL this chip is rated almost 40 watts higher.
I got a Xigmatek S-1284 with the 1366 adapter and have no heat issues. 33-35 idle, 65-68 in Prime95 load.
Other Thoughts: What this processor excells at is multitasking. This chip does kill a Core 2 Quad in that aspect. To give you an example this is on the main gaming rig, in the house. I have 2 sons, one was playing spore. Had his game up and running when my wife needed to check something, so he Alt-tabbed the game w/o pausing it. She checked her email and left the page up. My other son decided to play COH and minimized the email page, fired up the game and started playing a skirmish round, my wife needed her email back up so she alt-tabbed COH. My first son came back an figured his Spore game was done and fired up L4D and played a versus round, while I watched the last few levels, w/o issue. When he was done I shut the game down, noticed ram was at 70% then saw the windows in the task bar. COH and Spore were RUNNING!! unpaused. This chip was running 3 games at once w/o any issues or hiccups. Crazy!!READ FULL REVIEW