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Pros: Blows away anything that is thrown at it, and overclocks with an ASUS Maximus VI Gene board to at least 4.4 GHz on all cores without trouble.
Coming from an 1100T to my first ever Intel build, this chip is a HUGE step up.
This chip brought my 7970 to life and shows what it's really capable of when modern games use slow scripting engines that need better single-core performance to handle the non-threaded scripting engines.
Cons: It's Intel, so the total system build is higher, but if you know how to shop, you can avoid turning over your arms and legs and get some good deals without being a fanboy and blowing thousands for a name brand.
Other Thoughts: First ever Intel build in my life, but AMD has simply dropped the ball and focused on APUs and consoles and HOPEFULLY that will actually help them to compete with Intel in the coming 2 years, but as of now that is not their focus.
The arguments on here get old with people whining about AMD or Intel as being better. AMD has over 2 decades of beating Intel to every new technology, but in the last half decade they have dropped the ball and let Intel get at least 1-2 generations ahead at every step of the way. This was ultimately why I had to move to an Intel build now, as it is simply many generations ahead of my previous X6.
I don't care if you're a billionaire and a huge fanboy, there is NO reason whatsoever to spend $500 or more on a motherboard and $1000+ on a chip. This chip right here is a beast and a great value in modern computing, and not very far behind the "Xtreme" lines at all, especially since you can just slap a Corsair on this and overclock it like a beast.
Pros: This board is the best value for the money that I could find for Intel builds and comes feature-packed and comes with at least 90% of the hardware features as the up-to double price other Maximus VI's. All the same software is included with the standard Maximus drivers disk, so there's no loss there on the more expensive sibling boards.
ASUS is definitely my go-to motherboard company of choice for a long time, and the build quality shows with this board. I had no troubles installing my Corsair cooling and 4770K chip, and everything has been humming along with tons of power and features ever since.
Cons: Board is pretty unclear about chip position and installing 3rd-party cooling systems is slightly harder than AMD systems.
Price, although I can't really blame ASUS because this is, of course, an Intel board, and Intel platforms just cost more just because of the Intel name, so you kind of have to accept that the low-end boards cost as much as the high-end AMD boards; though I can not remove a star for this because the current Intel chips are amazing.
Other Thoughts: Coming from a Crosshair IV formula, there is a LOT more to do in the BIOS of this beast (UEFI) than previous BIOSes, which can be a con or a pro depending on your expertise.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Dropped this baby in a cheap $350 laptop to replace the 5400 RPM drive (that died) and WOW does this make even the most budget laptop sing. Incredibly fast and 120 GB is still great storage amount for a work/play travel budget laptop.
Cons: None!READ FULL REVIEW