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Pros: Cheap, easy to install. Surprisingly good performance.
Cons: I used this motherboard, CPU combo to build a basic web surfing, email reading system to use when my girlfriend was hogging up the gaming PC. It worked well for the few times I actually got to use it. So I sat down to use it last night and I knew something was wrong immediately because the system seemed to be caught in a loop of powering up for about 1 to 2 seconds then powering down, waiting about 5-10 seconds and then powering up for 1 to 2 seconds again, repeat.... I could tell it was doing this because the power LED and fans would run for the 1-2 seconds. I attempted to troubleshoot the system by replacing the Power Supply and all other components from another working system. Even with everything replaced, the motherboard still exhibited the same behavior. Now the dilemma, "Is it even work the trouble and shipping costs to RMA?"
Other Thoughts: I'm disappointed in my first Biostar purchase. For my gaming rigs, I always go with Asus or Gigabyte, neither have let me down. I guess I should of stuck with them for the cheapo build as well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Price/Performance, hands down, this is it. I've been budget system overclocking PCs since I pushed a 486SX to 40Mhz almost 20 years ago, and let me tell you, this processor is a Overclocker's dream. You can get ~3.5Ghz totally stable with stock cooler around 1.45 vcore. With a good aftermarket cooler 4.0Ghz stable is easy. See instructions in "Other thoughts" section.
Cons: ZERO. Are you on a budget, but want to run with the big boys, then buy this.
Other Thoughts: How to Overclock this processor to 4.0Ghz stable on good aftermarket cooler: Set CPU vcore voltage to 1.475 volts. Set Bus Speed to 286Mhz. Leave CPU multiplier at x14. Turn off "Turbo Core" feature. Do not OC northbridge, so set its multiplier to x7. Set HT Link speed to the same as the northbridge. Lower multiplier on RAM to keep it under it's rated frequency. You can try to OC RAM later if you like.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-R 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Red LED
Pros: Really keeps the CPU cool. Took my 3.25Ghz overclocked AMD Phenom II x6 1055T running at 56C on stock cooler to 4.0Ghz at 39C! This is at full load using AMD's Overdrive stress tester running for around 10 minutes at 1.445 volts core. Idle temps are 5 degrees over room temperature.
Cons: Fan doesn't start spinning at power on. It tries to turn but fails in a silent twitching action for the first minute or so, and eventually does come on when temps start to go up, but there's so much surface area to the heat sink itself that even with no fan the CPU stays cool. This is a defect, and I wrote Zalman an email about it with no response in the last 5 days. Once the fan starts running it continues to run normally until power down. All in all, I'm debating about RMAing the thing. It was a pain to totally disassemble the clear acrylic case I have this installed in to remove the motherboard and CPU backplate. And I figure I'll lose the money for the Arctic Silver I used. If I never hear back from Zalman, then I might just keep it and never buy one of their products again.
Other Thoughts: I used Arctic Silver thermal paste instead of the included paste, based on other reviews and I've used Arctic Silver for years with great results. Go with what you trust.
If you're installing this, and get confused about how they want you to install the included two sided tape, go to their website. They have a great video that shows you exactly how to install it. The printed instructions are short and not obvious.