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Pros: - Extremely Fast
- Extremely cheap when I got it ($65) during Black Friday
- Simple setup with XMP
- Trustworthy Brand
Cons: Only minor con I can think of is the timings. This can be expected with fast RAM though.
Other Thoughts: As I said, the timings leave a little bit to be desired, but they can be improved by fiddling around with them in your BIOS.
When I got this set, I got it for the amazing price of $65. If I had to buy again at the current price, I would most likely just go for a set of DDR3 1600 instead of this, as there is really no reason for the extra speed besides benchmarking and bragging rights. The speed of RAM just doesn't make that big of a difference.
Still, this is an all-around 5 star product.
Pros: - Overclocks well
- High Performance
- Handles anything you throw at it\
- Great price to performance ratio
Cons: - Poor Thermal Interface Material
- Bad temperatures above 1.3v due to the TIM
Other Thoughts: Absolute powerhouse in the i5 bracket for Ivy Bridge. If you have a socket 1155 motherboard don't bother moving to Haswell, just get this; you won't regret it.
Overclocks great, but you will run into heat issues when going above 1.3v due to Intel's poor TIM unless you have custom watercooling or manually replace the TIM (which will void the warranty).
Besides that issue, it's still worthy of 5 stars.
Pros: Overclocks well
Hynix RAM (quality manufacturer)
Plenty of RAM (4GB is a really solid amount of VRAM these days - if just a bit more than needed)
Great cooling solution
Other Thoughts: I was seriously wanting to get a Radeon R9 290, but since the price went up due to coin miners it sort of defeated the huge upside to that card. I thought I was going to somewhat regret settling for this card, but in the end I'm really glad I got it.
The performance is great, it overclocks very well, and I'm somewhat relieved to be back with Nvidia.