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Pros: Easy to install, and runs cooler than my old i3!
What can I say. It's a CPU, and it's the fastest my motherboard takes. I highly doubt I will ever purchase one of the even higher-end chips, so this is great.
The chip is easy to install, and even with the stock cooler -- under high load -- the temps are within normal ranges.
Cons: Expensive, probably overkill for most people.
Put simply: I think most people would LOVE my old Intel Core i3. So unless you are doing video editing, video rendering, or complicated emulation, etc. -- Save some cash.
Other Thoughts: I just upgraded from an Intel Core i3 2100 to this. The difference is actually quite subtle on most tasks, but where it shines is Premiere CC --- I don't use CUDA, so I can actually have sane render times for simple effects. As in, what would take an hour or more on the old i3 is much more reasonable with this chip.
A standard definition MPEG-2 DVD render that is an hour long clip is faster than real-time, with the maximum quality settings within the main concept encoder.
I don't make BluRay discs -- That's best left to a mastering house. That being said, the HD MPEG-2 renders are also acceptable in terms of speed. H.264 as well.
Also, this chip makes encoding with x264 [using the slow settings] much more sane, as expected!
Considering the fact that I dealt with an old Athlon 64X2 from 2007-2013, I know this chip will last me for a few years. Most likely, I will build a new machine once there is a 5th or 6th generation i7 -- Or whatever comes next, with this box being another to keep around!
Pros: Same as my previous review -- Good all around.
Cons: Socket LGA 1155 is dead.
Other Thoughts: Not sure how I did not notice this, but the board DOES allow you to access a boot selection menu!
It's the F9 key for "BBS Popup."
"Fail" on my part!
Pros: I have had this running for about a year in my LGA-1155 system. At times, I have left the computer on for more than 14 days in a row. No problems so far!
Cons: Might not be enough watts for your requirements. Not modular. There may be an ozone odour upon startup for the first time.
Other Thoughts: What can I say -- It works, and seems to be pretty solid!READ FULL REVIEW