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Intel Xeon W3520 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Server Processor BX80601W3520
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Absolutely incredible for a CPU. Replaced an i7 920 D0 and put this in instead. system is slightly more responsive than before and is a little cooler, definitely worth the extra $20 or so to buy this. it even supports ECC memory. on stock with turbo 2.8GHz runs fully stable under max load on temps in the average 60s on 1.24V.....definitely something to be proud of and makes it a substantial overclocker as a result.

Cons: A little costy, but it handles everything I throw at it.
Also a little challenging to find this thing too, as it's a server CPU not a desktop one.

Other Thoughts: Definitely no legend that Intel makes Xeon processors with a little more care. The silicon is much better picked/binned than their lesser intended i7 counterparts. saves power and heat, because these suckers are made to be worked, and 24/7! can get pretty impressive overclocks on air....even beyond 4GHz on minimal power (~1.25V or so) hard to do that on an i7.

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Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Incredibly fast for a single drive. These things make a wondrous boot or gaming drive. a good read of 240MB/s never hurt anyone..... xP definitely one of the fastest things around. personally I prefer SAS drives, but once these come down in price more, they're definately going to be a force to be reckoned with....

Cons: Price, and reliability is still semi-questionable....but you can't beat it for performace / $, SAS drives are better for size, but are much more pricey yet.....

Other Thoughts: Had 2 of these in RAID0 but got burned by the Intel update (which was only up for a day I might add) one of the drives was empty and survived the fault, while the other failed and was RMA'd though due to shortage I got a refund instead of a replacement. $300.00 back into my wallet isn't bad, but I have to say I like my good ol' rotational platters...reliability is good.

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ARCTIC MX-2 (4g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works like a charm....keeps my Core i7 920 D0 with even the stock cooler at a minimal heat level....38-40C and 64C on load. put a aftermarket cooler on it and it stays under 60C pretty easily.

Cons: None I can think of

Other Thoughts: keep up the good work. There's a reason people use this stuff. I also put it on my Radeon 4890, and it keeps it at 57C or so, as opposed to 62C. for -5C that's pretty good for a high performance GPU Temp. change.

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Matthew C.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew C.

Date Joined: 02/03/09

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 02/09/09
  • Last Review: 11/24/09
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