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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Worked right out of the box. No problems updating drives. Paired with a i7 4820k and love it. Video is a 7970 and haven't had any bios problems. Love how ez it is to overclock. 3D bios isnt half bad. A little lag but its not a con. 3D power is nice and has boosted performance. I guess I was lucky that I got a good board. Quad channel is sick fast. I haven't had a solid build in years. I can say with this set up its a beast. Always wanted a Gigabyte and i am loving it.
Cons: a few, why isnt the cpu fan header closer to the cpu? I understand if you got a huge after market heat-sink but I dont. Should have added on wireless just cause lol. Should have come in black and blue or black and red lol but love the black and grey. And a on board debug would have been nice. I put it together and just crossed my fingers..
Other Thoughts: Isn't too big of a mobo but make sure it fits in your case, duh.. If you got the money I would drop it on this. Don't go for those 170-200 boards...you going to wish you drop some real money when it starts crashing and you are rmaing all day...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Where do i start? I haven't had a intel in over 6 years. I wouldnt call myself a fanboy of either intel or amd. I am where the power is. This i7 is where the power is. Four cores are enough. It does everything with out skiping a beat. You don't have to overclock it because it comes out of the box eating games like Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy 14, and Guild Wars 2. I paired mine with a 7970 and a gigabyte x79- UP4 motherboard. Ez install. I have mine cooled by a H100i and she idles at about 20 to 30c. Full load your looking at about 55c max. I do have mine over clocked at 4.4ghz. Don't need much more then that. All and all a good solid chip. I don't know much about its other brothers but if they are as good as this one then I have been missing out...just like every other amd fan boy.
Cons: It doesn't cook me dinner...Well this isn't really a con on its part but the chip is so powerful it pushes my 7970 to its max causing it to over heat and restart the pc. SO I had to back off the overclock on the video card. I had it overclock cause the chip I had it paired with was geting 40% of the card use.
Other Thoughts: The chip I had before...get ready for this.. AMD 760k...a good chip for the price but you shouldnt game on it unless you have no other choice. The i7 almost triple in power and performance. On the real the i7 4820k beats out amd's top FX hands down. what is it the 9590 or something like that. If not its a close tie. And this is the baby i7! No i just cpuboss...hands down the i7 4820k beats their flagship FX...Come on amd pick it up!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
Pros: Ok so I got a Athlon II x4 760k for my FM2 board and I knew I needed to get some power out of it. I have it clocked a 4.7ghz thanks to the H100i. Doesnt get over 50c and wasnt to much of a problem to install into my 500r. I wasnt going to go with water cooling but I felt like it was best if i was going to overclock a quad or higher. Real solid build. Nothing on it feels fake or plastic. The fans are not so loud on low setting but crank it up and you will hear them, but hey they are fans trying to keep you cpu from burning up. All in all its wroth the money and time to install.
Cons: Should have got it sooner.
Other Thoughts: I removed the compound that it came with and add some arctic silver. I don't believe its necessary, I just wanted to make sure I had the maximum cooling compound.READ FULL REVIEW