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Pros: This is the current top-of-the-line from Intel, and it shows. The chip is fast. Overclocking seems smooth and reliable, although I'm quite conservative (running at 3.55) due to worries about shortening the CPU's life with overvoltages. I have no trouble believing those who say they overclock to 4.0 or even higher. The chip barely ticks over for most tasks.
Cons: Unlike many reviewers, my workload can easily peg all six processors at 100%. The CPU is not a panacea. It doesn't make breakfast, either. I don't play games on the computer, so I don't know how much this CPU would improve frame rates. It's hard for me to imagine that anyone would need this kind of speed unless the task was heavily multiprocessor-based and CPU-intensive.
Other Thoughts: My workload ranges from very light (text editing) to very heavy (running hundreds of simulataneous compiles). The system I've built using this CPU reduced one project from two hours fifteen minutes to 50 minutes. That's a pretty impressive gain. I'm also using an OCZ Z-Drive and fast RAM, so it's hard to know exactly which pieces helped the most. However, according to PerfMon and other tools, I'm far more CPU-bound than disk-bound during compiles.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Installed easily. Discovered by Windows 7 without problems. The Windows Experience Rating was the highest possible. Boot time (once past the BIOS initialization) is about 10 seconds. Apps load more or less instantly.
Cons: The card is just wide enough that it prevents the neighboring slots from being used. The chips need a good airflow, else they get hot during use. As with all SSDs, speed decreases with use. Refer to OCZ's forum for problems some people have reported. Because this drive uses its own controller, TRIM support is not available. The built-in garbage collection may or may not make up for the lack of TRIM; the technology is too new for any long-term reliability statistics to be available.
Other Thoughts: I split the drive into two partitions: a small one for the operating system, and a larger one for applications (not including application data). The larger partition is mostly read-only to help decrease SSD wear. I keep app data on an old-fashioned spinning drive. I do worry about having a single point of failure if the SSD dies. I normally would make this kind of system with RAID6 or RAID10.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: All 6 worked at rated speeds. No bobbles. It's RAM.
Cons: The fan mount is cheesy. It does not have any good way to connect to the motherboard. It simply clips around the RAM slots and holds by pressure. Unfortunately, it can pull against the slot flippers if you bend the bracket enough to hold the fan steady. It needs an anchor of some kind that doesn't rely on the RAM slots.
Other Thoughts: I took an egg off for the fan mount.READ FULL REVIEW