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Pros: Fast. Don't bother with the 3770K; these can go way faster than 3.1ghz!
Cons: Poor included heat sink
Other Thoughts: In a previous post, I complained about the high temps for this cpu. Yes, I have reseated the hs and ensured even paste distribution. What I forgot was to keep in mind that this chip is -designed- to go 3.1ghz. When I use tuning software to force 3.1ghz, it runs at around 140-150F fully loaded with my aftermarket hs/f. When it is clocked at 3.9ghz fully loaded, it pushes 190F. 4.0ghz is doable with a fsb bump, but it still nears the redline. Maybe water cooling would perform better. With my 120mm cooler and ~75F ambient, I have found that 3.7ghz is a safe speed to run at 24/7; staying around 165F. I plan to look into undervolting soon; heard from anandtech that these run fine on lower voltages. Hope this helps.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very energy efficient! System uses about 20w less at full load than my Phenom x4-based system. Fast! Runs at 3.6Ghz at all times, even when all cores are loaded. Clocks down to 1.6Ghz when idle, HT tech, integrated graphics, comes with basic fan to get you up and running.
Cons: The CPU itself is inefficient at dissipating heat; meaning this beast runs at 150-160F core temp with a huge 120mm hs/f even though it has only a 65w TDP...and the base of the heat sink is barely warm to the touch.
The included hs/f is almost laughable...it's a half inch thick piece of their regular circular extruded aluminum heatsink. I put it on, thinking "if it's good enough for them..." And yes, it is, if you don't mind running 190-210F with full fan speed (moderately loud) and bumping off the thermal throttling while running all 8 threads full. I used Win7's processor power management to limit the cpu speed to the 1.6Ghz idle. This helped for quieting it down and staying cool.
Other Thoughts: I have yet to see it hit 3.9Ghz; maybe it needs only 1 processing thread locked to one cpu thread.
Due to some fan/cpu speed control problems, I -did- find out that the thermal throttling works. The cpu was not damaged.
Replace the stock heatsink right away if you plan on actually working this processor as it was designed to do; if not, it is very quiet for general computer usage and web browsing.
It can run through 8 Clean Energy Project work units in World Community Grid in about 10 hours; actually taking longer per unit than my Phenom II x4 945 (8 hours, which runs at 100F at full load with my same aftermarket cooler, but dissipates 95w)
XIGMATEK Gaia 120mm
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
8gb (2x4gb) Corsair Vengeance
120gb Mushkin Chronos
HIS AMD 7770
Seasonic 400w fanless
Coolermaster Centurion 5 case
This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler G3 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (White & Gold) Model DTIG3/8GBZ
Pros: Dirt cheap. 8gb. Didn't lose all my data when it failed. Other two work fine still.
Cons: One of three drives I bought slowed down to a glacial pace after about 4 months; to the point where World Community Grid would give errors that the data directory was missing.
Other Thoughts: I am using these as system drives for Linux Mint 12 on some old boxes in order to run WCG 24/7, which makes frequent reads/writes. The drive didn't fail and lose data but did slow to the speed of 3(!) IOP/s for the 4k write test using CrystalDiskMark. Read speeds are still fine but I'm leery of putting important stuff on it. I'd say for the abuse it's been put through, this is a good performing (although slow, in absolute terms) budget drive. If you need performance, check out the Patriot Xporter XT.READ FULL REVIEW