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Pros: Works great at advertised speed and timings. Bumped the B-clock up about 10%, which brought memory speed up a bit, RAM appears to handle the overclock just peachy.
Cons: None whatsoever.
Other Thoughts: I'm using a Gigabyte Z170 (model is Gaming 7) which detected the speed/timings automatically and just went to town. There are some sub-timings in the BIOS which I left automatic. I've learned from previous experience, that messing with them is usually an exercise in futility, especially with RAM that is high-speed to begin with.
On my board, when I tried to overclock the memory frequency using BCLK (and leaving RAM divider static), it dropped the timings down a bit for safety. I had to manually set them back to the 15-15-.... that the RAM is advertised for. It handled a very minor overclock (maybe 2-5% increase in frequency) just fine. I suppose these aren't the DDR1/2 days where you can get a 33% increase-- maybe you can with these, but I don't have the patience to try :)
Pros: Best performance in my price range. Unlocked. Runs cool as a cucumber, and overclocks great for me. Almost zero effort brought me to 4.5ghz. For a performance PC, this is one of the best bangs for the buck there is.
Cons: I feel like I'm buying the same CPU over and over again. Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, ad nauseum, but the CPU's never really change. You have an entry level, a mid range, and the high end. Sure there's 6-core and better CPUs out there, but I don't want to spend a whole paycheck on one. Intel keeps spitting out the same CPUs, but using their next architecture (with a new model number), which in the recent past has not yielded great increases in performance.
Other Thoughts: I really wish AMD would get into the game and provide a decent alternative. I hesitate every time I buy an Intel CPU, as I want my money to go toward a competitor, but I do want and expect the best for the money I spend. On that note, this CPU (and Intel) has delivered, but they should shake up their product lineup a bit-- if for nothing more than to make things interesting in the PC world.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've used FSP for more than a decade and they have never let me down. This unit is just an all around good power supply for a performance oriented PC. Whisper quiet (I've not noticed the fan run at all, even under a CPU stress test), never gets hot. Clean power delivery, rails are all within a couple percent of where they should be, according to BIOS measurements.
Cons: If you mount the power supply at the bottom of your case, the SATA power connectors are backwards. Not sure this can be a con, as they have to choose one or the other... but they are made to daisy chain when the PSU is mounted from above. You can still daisy chain with it mounted at the bottom, but you either have to put the closest connector (to the PSU) to the furthest drive first (then it daisy chains downward), or if you start at the lowest drive, you have to twist the connector 180 degrees on each drive, which is awkward. I had to do the latter, as the first SATA connector in the chain would not reach my uppermost drive.
Other Thoughts: I chose to spend a little bit more than I usually would this time around, mostly for the FSP brand and the modular connectors, which I've never used before. In hindsight, the modular connectors I could have done without (I have a huge case and know how to use wire ties), but I certainly don't mind spending the extra money to get a great, reliable PSU, which this is. I feel good knowing my money hasn't gone to marketing, fancy logos, cool lights, but instead went mostly to R&D, and a great PSU manufacturer that builds dependable power supplies. Hope they made a few dollars in profit so they can keep doing what they do.READ FULL REVIEW