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Pros: Huge performance increase coming from intel's e8500 @ 3.8 to this @ 4.1 ghz. I couldn't ask for a better processor for the price and overclocks like a champ.
I was hesitant at first to actually upgrade, but eventually decided to take the plunge; the difference is absolutely noticeable in everything coming from a dual core solution.
Cons: Like others have said, the stock cooler is not good enough to achieve speeds higher than 3.4~ ghz. If you don't plan on overclocking then the stock cooler will do. What matters is the processor, so there's no point to take eggs off for this.
Other Thoughts: Highly recommended to purchase some kind of after market air or water cooler; Newegg has some great choices and there are plenty reviews online to go against. This processor will not disappoint you.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Worked flawlessly out of the package, I couldn't be happier. Lots of USB ports; love the board layout. Will continue to stick with ASUS in the future as I have for the past 3 years.
Other Thoughts: Newegg as always is phenomenal. If you're looking for a mid-budget board that can overclock easily for socket 1366 look no further.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I was actually expecting lower performance based on the specs of the machine and I was actually very surprised by how well it ran games. I have a e8500/9800gx2 desktop, so sure my desktop destroys this laptop but for this being portable it is more than enough powerful to play games pleasantly even coming from a performance freak like me. It even makes me wonder why I even spent so much on upgrading my desktop after getting this.
The screen is absolutely gorgeous, blows my 1440x900 acer lcd away for my desktop. Vista runs very well on this machine (5.2 rating out of the box).
Very sleek design that ASUS came up with for the G50, the orangish color is more of a red despite what photos tell you otherwise. Air circulation is very good; pad can get a little bit hot when the GPU is chugging away but it could be a lot worse.
Cons: Overclocking feature out of the box for me caused bsod's; a pain to upgrade to xp, but vista isn't *that* bad, I will probably stick with vista since this machine runs it so freaking well. Battery life I guess, but if you're using this for college work -- 9 times out of 10 you will be near an outlet anyways, plus at LANs you will have one.
The cons don't even come close to warrant a rating hit here.
Other Thoughts: Warhammer can be maxed out at 1650x1050 with very little hit to fps (60+ fps almost always); it runs VERY well. TF2 ran like an absolute dream (so source games in general will run very well). I haven't ran Crysis yet but I'm sure it can run it on Medium no problem.
If you're really looking for something more powerful than this (why you don't get a desktop anyways if you're looking for that kind of performance has me wondering) it's probably going to be a lot more bulkier, heavier, and less portable with more heat. Not to mention a great backpack with the absolutely fantastic MX518 logitec mouse that comes packed in. This is the PERFECT combination of performance/weight/size/price/value in its class right now and you will not be disappointed with your purchase of this machine (or the A1/A2).