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Pros: Great CPU
Hits 4.8 to 4.9 GHz with rational voltages and cooling
Hits 4.4 to 4.5 GHz with stock voltage (< 1.3V) on my MB
Power / heat really drops back when you stop doing stuff. >10:1 change between Prime95 and nothing going on.
Cons: Does not cook bacon
Won't clock quite as fast as an i5 Sandy Bridge
Roughly 2 to 3 % slower on most benchmarks than "fastest thing on the planet" (not a bad con ...)
Other Thoughts: If you are going to overclock, just throw away the Intel fan. It's for non-overclock use. Get a nice big air cooler for $20 to $60. There are LOTS of them to pick between.
Keep the core voltage below 1.4V and it should run a long time.
If you have temps above 70C check your case fans, they should keep the inside of the case at room temp. If they aren't - add some more.
Be carefull with "stock voltage". Not all motherboards agree on what that should be.
Pros: High end board with lots of PCIe lanes
As good as it gets on voltage regulators
Lots of features
Asus software is *very* good compared to what othes supply
BIOS updates quicker than the competition.
Cons: Not every feature is usefull for every user
Other Thoughts: See - some people who aren't verified owners like the board.
You pay a lot for this board and you get a lot. Be sure you need what you get. If you need what this board has, it's *way* ahead of the few boards out there people suggest as competition.
Still a mid range CPU. If you want high end, spend 3 to 4X more. With some luck, you will (barely) do better than what this board can do.
Pros: Solid build quality
Good set of features (2 LAN's)
Support software WORKS!
BIOS is reasonable
Solid (as in weeks of testing) at 4.7 GHz on air with an i7.
Solid (as in days) at 4.8 GHz on air with a i5
Diagnostic LED's and switches come in handy
Fits all of the big air coolers with normal height RAM heatsinks.
Dual SLI with 580's works like a charm
Cons: Original board (bought from Newegg) ran fine
Rev 3 replacement (shipped from Asus) blew a CPU voltage regulator in 48 hours, took CPU with it.
(was overclocked @ >4.9 GHz, so not a massive negative)
Other Thoughts: One of several P67's I've built. The ASUS utilities are way ahead of some of the others. Their BIOS updates come out quicker and work better as well.
Pushing every single option to "max" all at the same time - probably not a good idea.
Letting the built in overclock on some of the BIOS's take the CPU voltage above 1.5 Volts - very much a bad idea. You can hit 4.8 to 4.9 GHz with the cpu below 1.4 volts.
Dealing with Asus on the blown board was about what I expecetd - painfull, but I got my board. Replacement board has run fine.
The CPU and board are "mid range". The performance is high end. A board and CPU costing 4X more will (barely) beat it.
If you spend more money, you can get more "power phases". If you plan to overclock well above 5 GHz they might come in handy.
Auto overclock does not understand the need to drop the voltage on the PLL for a higher overclock. It puts to much on the CPU as a result. Very easy to take care of manualy.
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