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Pros: Being that my case is red & black, it's a perfect match and sexy hot! Looked good before I put it in the case. I didn't have to fiddle with the timing, 9-9-9-24 and was made to run @ 1.5 volts. I simply snapped it in and it took off like a scalded cat!
Cons: Ok, maybe not like a scalded cat but I did see some improvement going from 4 gigs @ 1333 mhz. to 8 gigs @1600 mhz. and I'm pleased for the $40 I spent, which was a drop in the bucket for better performance. I tracked it when it was shipped and saw it arrived in Austin (where I live) at around 2:30 or so in the morning and thought I would see it by early evening that day but didn't. Tracked it again and saw that it left town (WHY???!!!) to a destination I don't recall off hand, a town I don't live in and had to wait a few more days. I thought I was getting two day shipping. This is a first for me so I will forgive NEWEGG this one time. Maybe wasn't all their fault.
Other Thoughts: My next mb will have the fastest FSB to handle anything thrown at it, no bottlenecking. FSB is where it's at yall! If it can't keep up with the rest the rest don't matter and that's a fact, Jack!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It came with an adapter, the software is easy to work with and helpful, it's fast. It does what I hoped it would do and then some. I play BF3 alot and the BF series is notorious for having very slo----w load times. My load time to get into a game online went from 3 1/2 minutes down to 45 seconds on an average and it reads everything else like a savant on cr*ck and seems to be getting faster!!
Cons: According to the softwares test results, it doesn't read quite a fast as what is claimed in the specs but then again, the specs do say 'up to' *** mbps and I was aware of that so I took my chances and am pleased, regardless of it not reaching it's possible peak read times. So, no eggs cracked for that and it does appear to be getting slightly faster the more I use it. Maybe it will peak. The price goes up and down like a roller coaster. Watch it close and nab it on the positive G's.
Other Thoughts: Are you still reading this?!! Just buy it! Also, can someone please make a 180 degree monitor for gaming that wraps around your head so I can use my perepheral vision instead of whipping the mouse around left & right like a maniac when checking all the corners, etc.!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: There are alot of reviews that say you NEED to buy an aftermarket heatsink/fan but I think it all DEPENDS on your rigs hardware/case. My cpu is running at 39c under load and idles at 29c with the stock heatsink/fan that came with it and that's no *#$&! That's cool in anyones book!! I played BF3 online for about two hours right after install on 'all high settings' (and I mean ALL), 'maxed res.' and it ran like a champ! I tried ultra settings but it got choppy so I backed off and went back to high. No chop, no freezes like the last cpu but I attribute that to the m.b. needing a good flash. Runs with a kitty like purrr. I've thought about over clocking it but it does what I need it to do plenty fat enough. A new SSD will take care any lag in load times, especially in BF3 which takes over two minutes to load to a game level on a server. For the price, this is a good buy. I know an I7 has twice the L3 cache but from what I've read, L2 cache is used more extensively and this has twice the L2
Cons: It went down $10 in price two days after I bought it. I won't sue but I will come back to haunt from the grave.
Other Thoughts: Cooler Master 100 case with three 200mm fans (two intake, one out), Cooler Master 550w psu, this cpu, Nvidia GTX 560, 4 gigs ADATA 1330 mhz dual channel ram, Gigabyte TA 770GA ud3 m.b.(flashed to run WIN 7 optimally and be sure to reset your date/time or things might not work), WD Caviar Green 500 gigs, SATA 3. I based my egg score on value, not how fast it runs. I'm not into bragging rights, nor is my wallet.READ FULL REVIEW