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Pros: Well it does what is CPU is supposed to do but with the power of a ticked off shark!
eight cores obviously
great price and unlocked, what more do you need
pretty good heatsink* (notice the asterisk see cons for that)
Cons: I have a bit of the issue with the fan supplied with the heatsink.
First off I understand that especially for a high performance chip stock heatsinks are not your best option for highly cpu intensive operations, but in typical situations the stock heatsinks will suffice,
Now my problem is kind of funny because as for the heatsink itself I think it is actually very well-made and does the job well for its size. Most likely because of the 4 direct contact copper heat pipes.
my problem comes in with the fan, first off it's not the fan shown in the product gallery which I understand may change from time to time. The one that I received with my CPU was smaller then the one that you can tell was originally designed to fit on the heatsink.
The fan itself actually does not cover all of the aluminum fins and I imagine the cooling capabilities are reduced a bit because of it.
then there's the noise, this thing is LOUD! like 1U or 2U server loud. the smaller size means this thing needs to spin up much faster to move enough air and it whines like a jet engine.
honestly I'd only take off a half and egg if I could but that choice is not available.
Other Thoughts: you can get into the whole AMD verse Intel debate if you want to honestly I've used i7's and yes they do run faster but it's not like it's a night and day difference.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: clean looking design and layout,
feels solid and well built,
more features than i know what to do with for great price!
listen, just trust me and the other 1000+ reviewers on this mobo it's well worth your money.
Cons: It doesn't cook me breakfast lol, honestly I tried to think of a con and I can't find any.
Other Thoughts: Simply put this is a solid board. I have it coupled with a FX 8320 and they've shown me the actual performance of all my other components that I carried over from my old build.
The performance of my GTX 560 TI is almost like night and day in this new system. I have two 500 GB 7200 RPM drives running in RAID 0 and in real-world situations data transfers are solid and at their peak.
I haven't even begun to get into any overclocking because quite frankly I just don't feel the need at this point, I regularly put my system to the test whether it's gaming or 3-D modeling.
It's just nice to know down the road when the next resource-hog game or program comes out I'll have the extra headroom to get out some more performance.