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Pros: It's so fast I don't need to overclock it.
I air cool it with a Noctua NH-D14, I don't monitor the temp constantly but it was never above 40C during my first week while I did monitor it constantly.
This CPU has not been the speed bottleneck for any of my activities since it was purchased.
I installed this CPU in a ASUS F2A85-M PRO with 16gb of GSkill F3-2133C11D. I am happy with the results.
Cons: Installing an aftermarket cooler requires you to figure out what you are doing and not depend on directions.
Other Thoughts: I recommend computers for many business users. If any major vendors like HP or Lenovo would put these in the business desktops, I would demand them for my clients.
I always buy AMD because I do not want Intel to "own" every new idea. Merging companies is never good for the consumers.
It's really a shame that Intel pays so many people to write reviews that show how they are faster than AMD.
Real world performance: you will NEVER know the difference.
Do something good for the world and buy AMD instead of Intel.
Pros: Fast! I installed Win 8 on this device, and I boot it from an AMD custom rig at night, and an i5 HP system in the day. It works beautifully...until it fails. Then it is a nightmare.
I am prepared to deal with the issues, but someone who is not comfortable with restoring their own backups or rebuilding their operating system (or paying someone else to) should not buy this product (or any SSD in my opinion).
Cons: Purchased on 11/20, used as daily OS driver every day since then. Last night (2/8/13) I received an error from Win 8 that advised me to restart for "To repair disk error"
I was never able to boot that OS again.
I used the magician software (downloaded latest version from samsung website) and it said my disk was good and healthy.
I have a solid understanding of disk storage hardware, block size, file systems, partitioning schemes, data recovery and troubleshooting these issues.
My Windows 8 Enterprise 64bit was NOT to blame for this crash. It was the SSD, either hardware or driver (both are the responsibility of SAMSUNG to provide).
I updated the firmware after I crashed and it did not wipe out my file system (even though the file system was unusable and I manually wiped it afterwards).
For the record, I did not update the firmware before I first starting using the device.
Other Thoughts: I also bought one of these for a client (a 50 yr old lawyer with a low tech level) before I had the crash, and now I will be worried every day that his system is going to crash.
I setup Win backups to run nightly just in case, but I am still expecting this device to fail within a few months.
Pros: It works, it has a fairly low profile heatsink (it does not touch my Noctua NH-D14 oversinked CPU cooler).
I installed 16gb of this RAM in a ASUS F2A85-M PRO.
My AMD A10-5800K CPU runs at 1866Mhz natively (at least I think it does) so I run this RAM at 1866MHz. I haven't tried 2133. GSkill tech support responded in about about 24-48 hours when I e-mailed for help, and their directions were not precise, but they confirmed what I was able to determine elsewhere. Let's be clear though--e-mail tech support was not "outstanding" but that is because there is not enough enthusiast demand (aka profit margin for the manufacturers) to offer any higher level of support. I knew this when I purchased the product.
Cons: It defaulted to 1600 speed when I first installed it (after much reading, I believe this is unofficial standard or very common issue).
I had to manually adjust the speed in my BIOS to get the RAM running at 1866. This took about 45 minutes of researching and 4 tries (it was easy).
I have not perceived any real cons yet. I ran memtest 4.20 for about 30 minutes (which means I have not tested it at all really, I should have tested it at least one cycle through for all tests).
Other Thoughts: GSkill's response to the only other review suggested adding an additional 16gb of ram for a virtual machine. This makes me question knowledge level of the GSkill workers writing these responses.
Windows 7 or Windows 8 usually runs about 1.8-3gb of ram at idle. I have two Windows Server 2012 Virtual machines running in hyperV for testing projects and I have never even used all 16gb.
The point is: GSkill you are trying to upsell an overpriced (because it is new) DIMM to beginner level enthusiasts based upon really bad logic. A person running multiple VMs with the experience to plan it properly will not appreciate your suggestion. (In fact, I find it about as annoying as a commission paid sales person in a mall).
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