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Pros: The advertised specifications and quality build of the product made it advantages especially for a new SLI based system.
A large amount of cabling and capacity options.
Cons: The price is a little bit more than I would expect given the actual build quality that I found after receiving and working with the unit.
Other Thoughts: This was purchased over a year ago when I built my new i7-980x machine and it caused some serious issues.
To make a long story short the unit was defective and caused a problem with my newly purchased motherboard as well as memory.
I may purchase a Corsair power supply of this again in the future but so far I'm not inclined to do so given my experience and the large number of alternatives on the market.
I would recommend that this unit may be workable for some and that for some others still it may not. Essentially the mileage appears to vary.
Pros: This unit is a beast and more than demolishes the tasks you throw in it's path.
I've personally used and continue to use the product in the following ways:
Audio Design / Production
Video & Audio Encoding
Development (MS Windows/Web/Xbox360)
I purchased this CPU last year and paired it with a EVGA x58 760 motherboard. I have not been disappointed in any area of performance so far with the exception of some virtualization applications.
This chip survived a bad power supply from the initial build, from which I was very surprised as well as elated.
Cons: The price of course, the original price point of $999.99 was/ is extremely high depending on your uses and level of entry.
Even at a lowered price of around $800.00 this chip is still well above overkill for most users.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to wait at least a year prior to writing anything relating to this product to ensure I had spent some serious "real world" time with it and I must say I have yet to be disappointed.
My last upgrade was in 2004 to an Intel P4 3.2GHz which I've used up until last year when I finally had to upgrade, it was beyond Scott Bakula jump forward, (a quantum leap).
I'm certain that the i7-990x is also worth the money given certain circumstances.
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