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Pros: Has 8 cores
Gets good performance under heavy loads
Decent price point
Cons: Still uses 32nm technology
Generates way too much heat
takes way too much power
Doesn't support pcie 3.0
Other Thoughts: Compared to it's i5 competitor this does not perform the same, not to say it can't handle similar loads, because it can; that however does not mean it performs the same. It uses out dated technology even by it's release date, pcie 3.0 was becoming fairly standard, as well 22nm technology. It generates almost 10*C more heat than the I5 and takes almost double the power, and at the price of $200 compared to the i5's $240 your not really saving much considering your pouring more power into your system which in the long run will cost you more. This chip didn't perform as I expected it to during 2d graphic programs, or running multiple graphic and sound programs at once. Response of midi controls and latency of sound grew worse as I added more sophisticated sound generations and multiple tracks. Load times are slightly slower than Intel both on 120gb ssd's. Considering all that, this processor isn't a bad one. It just seems very dated to even be $200.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Uses UEFI Bios
Easy and understandable overclocking
Easy component installation
Cons: Does not use PCIE 3.0 so it cuts the bandwidth of all pcie 3.0 cards in half
Does not include thermal armor released with z77 and z87 which does increase thermal dissipation
The pcb is thinner than and uses less copper than Z77 series Asus boards
Other Thoughts: It's a decent board, but it lacks a lot of the current technology to really push your components in the same way Intel allows you to push your system.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Major increase in performance, rendering, and overall smoothness of gameplay.
Clocks to advertised speeds with xmp profile
Runs pretty much same temp as the Trident X 1866mhz mem
Construction is sturdy unlike some reviews have indicated
Was also easy to clock on my amd board despite the lack of preset profiles for amd
Inexpensive in comparison to anything rated at higher speeds.
has great cas latency given it's high speed
Cons: The fins of the heatsink are big
Other Thoughts: It's the best memory you can buy at this price point in my opinion. While the heatsinks are rather large they are also pretty effective, and shouldn't be a problem with water coolers but can be a major issue with large air cooled heatsinks.READ FULL REVIEW