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Pros: Plenty of power for most builds.
Two 4-pin CPU power connectors
Plenty of SATA ports
Cons: Would of really liked an LED
Read a review from a website about this cooler that suggested it was based on an older design and that it did not have complete and adequate protection, and said the efficiency was much lower than reported. However, I am not sure how serious to take the review, as it went on for a long period about how terrible they thought it looked, which I think it looks good and being unrelated to the performance so that made me question the review.
Other Thoughts: Like I said it may have some issues as read in another review. So far it is working fine. It is quiet, practically silent. I think the green colors on it look really good. I am not too worried about other issues, after the mail in rebate it comes down to $25 for me, making it a fairly cheap and replaceable power supply. If it goes well, then could be a good unit for a few years.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646G3258
Integrated graphics gives graphics level is fast enough for anything you will do except gaming. It can play old games from before 2010 usually on high settings sometimes medium, but games newer almost always need low settings and even then will usually run slow. For any office work, movies, or anything HTPC related the graphics are perfect.
Cons: Poor overclocking performance relative to what is possible. I suspect Intel is still limiting overclocking results.
Other Thoughts: So many things to put in this section.
First, for those who think you might need a Z87 or Z97 motherboard to overclock this CPU, you are wrong. While previously it was required to have a Z87 or Z97 motherboard for this, ASUS has managed to unlock overclocking on most if not all of their motherboards so that you can overclock this $75 CPU on a budget motherboard. It is suspected that Intel helped them to do this, and that other motherboards will also have this happen. Make sure you research a motherboard to ensure it can overclock first. Asus has posted a list of these motherboards.
Second, do not expect to get high overclocks on this CPU. Like the last review, I believe Intel sent the best CPU chips to reviewers, who were able to obtain very high clock frequencies. On my CPU I was only able to obtain 3.9Ghz no matter what I tried. I managed 3.9Ghz on stock voltage, but even running the chip up to 1.3v I was unable to obtain stability at 4Ghz. At first I thought Intel might have locked the CPU down so it could only overclock a little, but others are getting further. It is possible that better motherboard support is needed, I used a high end Gigabyte Sniper motherboard with latest BIOS, but still could not break 3.9Ghz.
I also suspect that Intel might be sorting their CPUs and only put lower quality CPUs for sale under this CPU name.
If you are expecting 4.5Ghz and amazing overclocks, you may not want to buy this CPU. However, I did tests with the CPU at 3.9Ghz. Using Cinebench 11.5 in single threaded performance and in multithreaded performance it was able to beat an Intel i3-3225. It lost to the i3-3225 for extracting files. When gaming, in some games like Skyrim it gives better performance, while some new games tested like Star Citizen which is currently in BETA only it gave worse performance.
In other words, compared to an i3 or similar CPU, this CPU trades places with it even at 3.9Ghz. Given the poor overclocking results, I initially wanted to rate it very low, but after considering that I am getting around i3 level of performance for a CPU that costs $50 less made me realize that this is still a good deal. I would highly recommend it if you are on a budget for a cheap gaming system or a HTPC.
Pros: Extremely stable, even while overclocking
Several features for controlling the CPU speed and voltage
Multiple BIOS layouts make the board easy to use for beginners, while maintaining advanced features and control for experienced users.
Quad DSP Audio - The Audio is very advanced for a motherboard. Being separated from the main board helps to prevent any other components from interfering with the audio quality. On top of that, it has a high end DAC offering good noise to sound ratio. The best part of the audio is the DSPs included. These are four processors that create the sound, this helps because it takes work off of the CPU, and at the same time creates more accurate and clearer sound.
LEDs help make the board look awesome.
All SATA ports are 6GB/s making them as fast as possible.
Several USBs, included four USB 3.0 on the back I/O.
Drivers are easy to install, without any real problems.
Cons: The worst aspect of this board, I feel to be the BIOS, which I believe will be sorted out as time goes on.
The BIOS main page is easy for beginners but only has a limited amount of functions available. The secondary options menu being the "Advanced BIOS" gives more features but seems to lack ability to control everything and no longer has some basic settings able to be changed.
The Advanced Tweaking BIOS has the most functionality and really feels comfortable to use. It still feels that switching between the three is needed to really get the full function out of the board.
A slightly annoying thing, is if you want to just use the plus or minus keys to set the voltage or clock, it always starts at the bottom. Of course you can key in the number, but I like to use these keys usually. It seems it would be a lot faster and easier to start in the middle, or default setting would be easier.
Other Thoughts: I used this board with a new Intel Pentium G3258. The new overclockable Pentium. Unfortunately it seems that this CPU had some issues and only managed to overclock to 3.9Ghz.
Still at this speed in some benchmarks and tests, from Cinebench to some games, the Pentium was able on this motherboard to beat a slightly older Intel i3-3225 in performance. It lost with Winrar and some games with high multitasking. Still that it can even compete with it is impressive.
This motherboard works so well and is so feature rich that I am holding on to it to make for a much better build once Broadwell comes out. Its an excellent motherboard and I doubt anyone would be sad to have it.