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Pros: Quite a fast and efficient CPU whose TDP is only 165 watts (allows for a worry free upgrade for other components that draw power).
It has 12MB 8 way level 2 cache which is much more efficient than 2 MB level 3.
It is actually faster than a stock Core i7 at the same clock speeds.
Cons: Stock cooling unit is noisy but only at extreme use (no game I know of requires 3.0 GHz clock range and only if you have a slow video card.
Other Thoughts: It appears faster than my intel core i3 @ 2.4 GHz on another computer I own, technically they are supposed to be equivalent but I would still rate the stock Core 2 Quad Q9650 much fastener as the core i3 has level 3 cache and only 3mb of it. For those who don't know, level 3 cache is very slow and inefficient, so Intel decided to unlock the clock rates on the core i series for compensation.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Excellent upgrade from my GeForce 9800GT with 512MB.
Uses a variable amount of voltage stepping to get clock speeds rather than keep them constant.
Good card for those who still have the Core 2 Series processor (and Core2 Quad q9650) and DDR2 RAM as it lowers the wattage requirements to minimum of 350 Watts.
Extremely quiet compared to most cooling units that I have tried.
Cons: 6 pin connector has no way to latch onto the card in a secure way, so I had to
fenaggle it to stay in my Dell Studio 540B, other than that, no issues.
Other Thoughts: Honestly a very good card for your money. I have a 350 watt stock power supply in my Dell Studio 540. The minimum requirement for the card is 400 watts total for your system. However it is assuming you have an iCore and at least DDR3 Ram. Since I have a Core 2 Quad and DDR2 RAM, the wattage to run my system without the card is at best,less wattage than the iCore 3.READ FULL REVIEW