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Pros: Easily o.c. to 4.4 ghz. Barely breaks 40c on full load. Idles at 29-31 with zalman cooler. Surpassed intel i7 3770 on all benchmarks.
Cons: Nothing to do with the CPU. Bios on my formula v has been a red headed step child since I bought it.
Other Thoughts: Upgraded from a Zambezi and wow. Don't think you're saving money getting the other. Night and day differences. Still have to say intel has the upper hand these days though.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
Pros: Keeps my fx-8150 around 34c even over clocked to 4.5ghz. Remember to use a decent thermal paste. Makes a difference.
Cons: Big. Awkward install.
Other Thoughts: Bang for the buck, this is your best shot at keeping the CPU cool. Make sure your cas can handle it though. Full tower case.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast and Cheap!
I've got this thing O.C. to around 4.6 Ghz on an Asus formula V... with a Zalman 9900 and it barely ever breaks 34 c
Cons: It was a "fill in the blank" that needed polishing. I had Voltage issues when I started turning up the rates per core. Worked with the ASUS tools instead of doing it the old way and it worked perfect.
Other Thoughts: I was building on a 900 dollar budget and this was the last thing I added so it was a cheapo move. After I got everything tweaked right this thing did everybit and more than I expected. I run everything full res, no lag, and it runs my autocad and photoshop suites like a CHAMP. For the money you can't beat it. Windows isn't optimized for too many cores yet anyway and if you're building a hack'n'tosh you know that intel is where you need to be for that anyways.READ FULL REVIEW