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Pros: While a bit pricier than some AMD offerings, this processor is a champ with gaming and single tasks. Best bang for the buck on a number of review sites, and probably one of the best CPUs I've owned in a while.
Plus, bonus, I can overclock when I start feeling lack of power for only a few dollars over the non-K version of the same processor.
Cons: I can't really think of any. It's a processor, and it does its job well. I might have gone a different direction with video editing or other tasks, but this CPU is pretty champ for gaming, web browsing, some minor multi-tasking.
Other Thoughts: None really.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: * It's memory
* Low profile heat spreaders
* Nice black PCB on the memory, with a white heatsink cover.
* Goes well with my black and white build.
* Mobo immediately detected speed and adjusted the overclock for 1866.
Cons: Very, very slightly pricier than standard memory, but worth the couple of bucks difference.
Other Thoughts: It's RAM. It works, nicely, and has a unique appearance. Not insanely over priced, and... well, not much else to say about RAM.
I'm using this with an Intel 4690K and MSI Krait Edition LGA 1150 Motherboard.
Pros: * Quiet even under load
* Better than the stock cooler
Cons: * Doesn't lower temps from stock, but will keep them in an okay range under normal or slightly OC'd load.
* I'm used to some film over the thermal paste, or applying paste myself - but once out of the plastic, paste is right on the bottom of the cooler.
Other Thoughts: I bought this as I dislike Intel stock coolers - they are noisy, mostly cheap plastic, and the push-pins are a pain to get into the mother board. You feel like you're going to crack the mother board with that junk.
This cooler has a good weight to it, mostly metal, the fan is nice and quiet. Had to check that it was working a few times, because I couldn't hear the darn thing.
It will keep the CPU cooler than stock, but don't look to do more than a minor overclock with this cooler. Go for something a bit more expensive if that's in your immediate plan.
I plan on upgrading to a liquid cooler later, so I got this for the price of a Starbucks froo-froo coffee. The installation pins were easy to get in, and had screws to attach the frame to the main board. Took perhaps 2 minutes to install.
When removing it from the plastic shell, be careful - the paste is already applied and has no cover film, so I smudged it and had to re-apply aftermarket thermal paste.
I'm using this with an Intel 4690K and MSI Krait Edition LGA 1150 Motherboard. Unless you're installing it into a shoebox, this cooler will fit with no clipping on the RAM slots or anything else - it is slightly bigger square than stock, and perhaps an inch or so higher.
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