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This review is from: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.06 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601950 Processor
Pros: Intel got this one right!! I purchased this processor as a boxed version in 2011 from Newegg and paired it with a Gigabyte GA-X56-UD3R R2.0 motherboard with 6GB of G.Skill memory. I was originally running it at stock speeds with air cooling in a Gigabyte Aurora 3D case. I am now running it at 4.01GHz with the core voltage set at 1.30V in the same case with 12GB of G.Skill memory and Antec KUHLER H2O 920 cooling and Windows 7 Ultimate. The TCase temp never goes above 62C running prime95 with all four cores running. It is a 130w processor so there is a little heat generated at full bore but the Intel specs indicate a maximum TCase temp of 67.9C. I use the system for audio work utilizing Sony Sound Forge and the Steinberg products and am obviously NOT a gamer.
Cons: Absolutely NONE!
Other Thoughts: It's absolutely a crime Intel is not providing the chipset software for the X58 chipsets allowing it to be upgraded to Windows 10!!! Looks like I'll have to spend a little more money at Newegg to build an entirely new system for Windows 10, but I'll keep this system running for the audio work until it dies. It will be interesting to see how long it actually lasts running it at the current settings.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling System
Pros: Quality built product that works well
Cons: Fans extremely noisy at full speed
Other Thoughts: CPU: Intel i7 950 D0 (130W) @ 4.011Ghz (21x121)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R (R2.0) Bios FH
Memory: 6 GB Corsair DDR3 1333 (CM3X2G1333C9)
running at 764Mhz 10-11-11-28-1T
Case: Gigabyte Aurora 3D Full Tower (mesh side panel)
CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 920 (fan thresholds set
at 30 and 50 degrees C in the included
software, fans blowing into the case)
Additional Case Cooling: Two Aerocool Extreme Turbine
120mm Fans @ 1500rpm (one
on the front and one on back,
both blowing air into the case)
Video Card: EVGA Geforce 210 (obviously NOT a gamer)
Power Supply: Corsair GS600
OS Drive: 2 SSDs in RAID 0 (no heat factor)
Storage Drive: Western Digital 1Tb (assembly temperature
47 degrees C)
Ambient Room Temperature: 23 degrees C.
The cpu case temperature is 40 degrees C under no load and 59 degrees C at full load with Prime 95 running for 12 hours with the Vcore at 1.31v in the BIOS. Individual core temperatures max out at 74 degrees C and the the Antec Chill Control software reports a fluid temperature of 44.8
degrees C at full cpu load. Yes this system is an older system (all parts purchased in 2011 or earlier except for the liquid cooling system) but, it does show the ability of the Antec Kuhler H2O 920 to cool the cpu efficiently at an atainable sustained overclock. Never having to run the fans at full speed, the fan noise at the above speeds provide for a very tolerable noise level even when listening to music at low volume levels in the living room.
Pros: Mushkin 3 year waranty. Trim and RAID support. 2.5" to 3.5" adapter bracket included.
Other Thoughts: ATTO Benchmark 550MB/s read and 502MB/s write running Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 with the updated firmware from Mushkin. Windows boots in less than 13 seconds. Asus K53E laptop with 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 memory. Plan on purchasing two of these drives to run in RAID0 as an OS drive in my PC with a PCI-E RAID controller. A good buy.READ FULL REVIEW