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Pros: Excellent build construction/quality. Body is made of a magnesium alloy (lid/screen is standard plastic).Comes with actual installation discs for Windows 7 pro AND Windows 8 pro, along with driver discs for each. Upgrading is very simple compared to other laptops, everything is immediately accessible after removing the bottom cover. Quiet. The fan doesn't even turn under light loads.
Can even handle light gaming thanks to the 384 shader cores in the integrated graphics.
Cons: Throttles under very heavy loads (prime95/furmark). Seems it could use better cooling. Haven't seen it throttle for anything else, though. Has Displayport instead of HDMI, and a non standard ethernet port. Cheap Displayport-to-HDMI and low profile ethernet cables are cheap and easy to find online, though. RAM limited to 1600 MHz.
Other Thoughts: Never used the hard drive that came with the laptop. Installed a 480 GB SSD to keep things snappy. Docking station and battery "slice" available through HP.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: Excellent cooling capacity, currently being used with an FX-9590 without issue. Comes with top quality thermal paste.
Other Thoughts: The bottom of this cooler is grooved from the manufacturing process. I lapped the nickel plating off the cooler to smooth the bottom surface and remove the extra layer of thermal resistance, however this made no difference to cooling performance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fastest AMD processor you can currently buy, roughly equivalent to an i7-3770K as far as performance goes.
Cons: Can't seem to overclock. This problem is twofold in my case. The ASUS Sabertooth R2 either suffers from significant voltage droop under full load, or ridiculously high thermals. Can't seem to strike a balance between the two.
Other Thoughts: Doesn't need water cooling, currently using a Noctua NH-D14. Idles at 30°C, tops out at 62°C after running prime95 for 8 hours (Assuming ASUS' AI Suite thermal measurements are correct, AMD Overdrive shows 20°C thermal overhead after 8 hours of prime).
Can be had for $270 if you are patient and wait for the deals.