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Pros: It works, and it works at a very reasonable price!
Cons: Runs a little hot, but the passive cooling seems to keep up with it. I have suspect it would struggle if it were running under load in an environment with a higher than average room temperature. Not worth an egg for me.
Other Thoughts: I have this little guy running in a server that does not have integrated graphics. I know that I could have bought cheaper for this role, but I just liked the idea of seeing a brand-new r5 series GPU in my device manager :PREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
Pros: High performance, easy to use, easy to clean
Cons: Can be a little pricey by itself at times. I usually catch it when it is on sale or bundled. Not worth an egg.
Other Thoughts: I have been using Arctic Silver since 2003. Since then I have built hundreds of computers (for both business and personal use) and nearly all of them have this silver goop sandwiched between CPU and heat sink. I have never bother to try any of its competitors because I have never had a problem in my 11 year experience.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: One of the best price:performance ratios available today. Runs at perfectly manageable temperatures with a closed-loop water cooler.
Cons: I did not use the stock fan, but it does not look substantial enough to properly cool this processor. Does not effect score since I didn't actually test it.
Other Thoughts: I have this processor in my media and video transcoding server. I upgraded from an i5-661 and I was expecting a modest increase in transcoding performance, but I was blown away when I measured a 293% increase. This is certainly due to my software being integer heavy and supports over 8 simultaneous threads, so don't expect this kind of performance in every scenario. However, I doubt I could have found a higher value purchase for my server.READ FULL REVIEW