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Pros: This is an extremely awesome processor. I paired it with a ga-z77x-d3h mobo, 16 gigs of gskill ripjaw ram, a corsair h8o watercooler and an NVidia 650ti gtx.
This system ran everything I threw at it in low cpu cycles but a little high on the temp sometimes pushing in excess of 70c when serial compressing dvds using handbrake. I never reached anywhere near max cpu usage on any games including bioshock 3, assasins creed 3, skyrim (which I never really played much) and the new tom Clancy splinter cell.
I overclocked this bad boy outtta the box by a gig per core at 4.4ghz and locked in the voltage at the intel spec. I will go into detail later of why it is soo important to make sure your voltage is locked and not set to auto. This cpu was the best bang for the buck when I bought it and probably still is today considering that you can compress a two hour move in about half an hour at hi-def with stereo surround.
Cons: My precious CPU finally gave up on me. I have not heard after combin through the forums of many problems with this cpu so I wanted to post here just as a heads up...
So I have had this guy oc'd for almost a year now with no issues. It got hot with a stock processor h/s I had on it for a few months before I upgraded to one of the corsairs, which I have to say if you can find one on sale, then get it.
However, within the past few weeks, I had something happen with the computer, I can't remember what I was doing, and I had to reset the bios. now the only way to do that is get on the case opened and hit the cmos jumpers with the screw-driver. However that revers all cpu/voltage settings to auto which I think is where the problem came in. I didn't think anything of it as I thought this processor was indestructible. Seriously compressing dozens of dvds overnight keeps that sucker at 78c for hours on end. Prime 95 for example only gets the core up to 45c maybe.
So I kept the voltage on auto and never really paid much attention to it. I made sure the first couple of times to make sure that it was locked, not normal, but set at the 1.225 that it is supposed to be at. setting it to normal can have a tendency to drift.... So Like I said, this time I did not set the voltage. So the computer has run on full auto-pilot for the past few weeks. I ran my usual gamut of activities with the computer staying on 24-7 for the past few weeks. compress some videos, a few quick games of hawken, maybe an hour or two here or there in splinter cell. Then for some reason or other, I kinda got a bug in my rump and decided to bump up the MHz to 4800/core. It rebooted, It ran 3dmark fine and i went to sleep and in the morning I woke up with turned out to be a perpetual bsod.
Other Thoughts: Being the technically savy person that I am, I tried everything I could. It turned out that the raid driver for the mobo had gone bad. I had a horrible time to replace it but got back in eventually. Disk repair, once or twice, roll back to previous date. I even reinstalled windows over the existing raid so I can get in and salvage my files. nothing would prevent that bsod from persisting and every time almost a different error. I un-oc'd the cpu and set everything back to stock. Even with new windows and a refresh on the raid, nothing would prevent the bsod with almost every possible imaginable error code you can imagine. rolling through thru the web, I found out that the cpu codes meant that one of the cores is failing to pick up instruction set. (whenever the cpu is oc'd and at standard voltage) I can't remember the code off the top of my head because the computer is dead and its not really worth turning it on because I know that it will bsod again after a few minutes. anyways, what I am trying to say, is that no matter if you even keep this core cool, you can still kill your cpu with voltage via thermal electric migration. Now I have not killed a cpu since I had the same issue with northwoods ten years ago, but it very likely seems like 2600k is a likeable candidate for SDS. I would give this processor all the eggs in the world if I hadn't killed it, but that is not the processors fault, and I think I did give it 5 eggs in a previous review, however I think it is really important to warn the other fanboyz and grrls out there that I have been reading about the processor burning up and wanted to share my experience. In the meantime I just signed up for the intel performance tuning protection plan to see if I can get a swap on this bad boyee. $25 within a year of purchase of certain approved cpus will get you a one time replacement in case it bites the big one. The only thing is I have to wait a month to see what happens and if they approve the rma. Did my cpu die all it once? No. It still boots. Can I do much with it? No. It ran prime for an hour with no problem, however any oc at all gets bsod and doing almost anything else like tryin to watch a video gets bsod. I am hoping that the PTPP is legit so I don't have to shell out the loot for a new cpu. If I had to get a new one would I get the same one? hell yeah. (well maybe the 3770) Would I OC, the next one.... probably not. I don't think that there is a need to. besides the percentage increase was not linear with the ghz increase as you will see from my last post. Let me know if anyone else has any similar experiences.....READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I thought it was a good deal for this refurbished elite book and was quite disappointed at what I received. There is nothing like having friends rely on you to help them get a deal on a laptop and you get a ham. This machine is not covered under a newegg standard warranty. It is covered only under 'Replacement' which is a horrible thing that I have to deal with the MFG now and pay for another LAPTOP out of pocket now to deliver this week and I get stuck with a piece of junk replacement that I don't need.
Cons: This computer was full of embedded food and dirt not just under the keys in the keyboard, (you think that they would replace a keyboard that only costs $15 dollars when they refurbish a laptop), but there was food and dirt embedded into the speaker grills in the front of the laptop also. Their were smudges and food pressed onto the screen like it had not even been wiped off. The headphone jack does not work, so its useless for movies or music. The computer has blue screened a couple of times and does not warn you when the battery gets low. It just shuts itself down. The screen also has had a tendency to black out for a few seconds here and there, and I have only used this thing for a few hours so far.
Other Thoughts: I have bought more then a few refurbished laptops from newegg and never received one in this poor condition before. Generally I buy Acer laptops but this guy wanted an HP. My guess is that this was not refurbished by HP at all but through some third party reverse logistics business like UPS where they have poor standards of work.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This board has been running rock solid for almost a year now. The computer paried with a 2600k processor wakes up from sleep in about 10 seconds. I never turn it off. It just goes to sleep and when I click the mouse, it wakes up almost instantly. I have two WD raptors in a raid zero using the onboard raid functionality and these things are blazing fast sporting windows Disk performance rating of 6.4 which is pretty fast as far as im concerned.
Cons: I had some confusion at first with this board when I was trying to set up the raid setup. There were some conflicts I had with utilizing the windows overclocking utilities that gigabyte provides on the cd. NEVER use windows based overclocking software btw. What happened is that it froze up the bios and I had to go in and pull the battery off the board, and short the jumpers and then put the battery back in to re initiate the bios. The computer would not boot. When it finally did, it said No OS found because It forgot my raid settings. Anyways, after a prompt email response from gigabyte, I realized to stop playing with that and just leave it bios locked at a OC of 5.4ghz. Not too shabby I guess.
Other Thoughts: The OC by the way was only capable with a Corair water cooling block. These things are great if you are into it. So anyways, I take back my formerly much poorer review that I gave this mobo with the intention that I would make up for my bad review with a higher egg review. You can get in touch with me at my nickname at gmail if you have any questions. I have the box for this system fully loaded with all sata ports being used for hd's. 16 gigs of ram and 4.5 tb of wd black drives.READ FULL REVIEW