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Pros: Easy installation. Had to do manual configuration (and pulled off T1 with zero effort), but it seems like I've had to configure every stick I've ever installed. Par for the course.
Goes without saying that they're fast and spacious for a reasonable price.
I also like the lower voltage (or is 1.65 a relic setting now?).
Cons: Had to RMA the firt set because one stick was DOA. Shrug. Happens.
Other Thoughts: In my book it's not a con, just a quirk, but I had to boost FSB speed to get these to run at 1600, even though my board supports that speed. Not a big deal, but it's not something I usually mess with because the sort of work I do usually pushes CPU temps to extremes. Lowered multiplier and all is well.
On my EVGA P55 LE (yeah, it's older) I had to disable XMP profiles to get the board to POST.
Also, by some weird quirk the first time running Memtest86 both sticks failed abysmally. Restarted and tried again and all was well.
This review is from: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1156 95W BX80605I5750 Processor
Pros: Great overclocker
Fairly low stock TDP
Benchmarks vs. AMD CPUs in the same price range generally put this chip well ahead in gaming tests
Have it running stable at 200x20 1.4vcore/1.2VTT, for a 50% increase over stock clocks.
Other Thoughts: Stock hsf was not nearly as bad as I was expecting, given other reviews. The after-market cooler I had ordered came with a broken fan so I used the stock cooler for about a week. Took it to 3.2GHz (at 1.15v) so I wouldn't have to underclock my 1600MHz RAM. At this speed/voltage the stock cooler idled at around 36C and prime95 capped it at 71C, below the 72.7C maximum listed in the specs for this chip.
For reference, though, a new Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 dropped idle temps 8 degrees and load temps 20 degrees at these specs.
Pros: Good timings for the price
Zero memtest errors out of the box
Have it running at 1600 7-8-7-24-1T with no problems
Other Thoughts: Matched with an EVGA P55 LE and i5 750, these sticks were the limiting factor in overclocking. I'm an experienced overclocker and had trouble pushing them into the 180x10 range with loosened timings and reasonable voltages. It's no big deal and I just ended up going with 200x8 7-8-7-24-1T. Others have reported easily pushing this RAM to the 1800MHz range and beyond, but I never make a purchase expecting to be able to match anyone else's OC.READ FULL REVIEW