Joined on 11/09/06
P-6860 flying now
Pros: Gateway P-6860 came stock with a T5550 (1.83). Put this baby in and it not only performs better because of a faster clock speed but the FSB is faster which means the memory is working faster. The windows index went from 4.8 to 5.4. It also increased the memory performance because of the link. Memory score went from 4.5 to 5.1. Over all score is 5.1 because it goes with the weakest link which is my memory until my 4 gigs of G skill 4-4-4-12 comes in.
Cons: 319 is a little pricey but hey you pay for performance
Overall Review: If you have a Gateway P-6860(BB) buy this processor now. Not only does it run faster but its running about 15C cooler than with the stock T5550. I've seen it get up to 55C during gaming with AS 5 applied. Thats awesome for a laptop. Can't beat the 45nm chips.
780 TI classy in SLI
Pros: Fastest single card out there. Great bench marking and ready for next gen 4K monitors. Playing Titan Fall at over 130 FPS with all eye candy as high as it goes on a 120Hz monitor.
Cons: expensive but you already knew that. Now I don't know about anybody else but I had to reload the bios files on both cards to get a game stable SLI config. Which would make these a poor pick for anybody wanting out of the box performance. Also they dont come with back plates!!!!!! they are classy versions and don't come with back plates!!!!!
Overall Review: Got these running 24/7 at 1137 with 1200 boost. Downloaded skyn3t's bios version. Both cards hit 1300-1350 no problem. Got a few benches at 1400 in SLI. Both are liquid cooled using EVGA hydro copper blocks. Dropped an egg for not coming with a stable bios and no back plate.
Pros: 6 cores, 12 with HT. Great processing power for demanding programs.
Cons: Not so sure about this 22nm process being any better with overclocking or heat than the 32. Price, but you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: Have this on an Asus Black Edition at 4.3 HT on and 1.28 Vcore. Weird because anything over that even with Vcore bumps becomes unstable.
After one year
Pros: 32 nm, runs on low voltage for a high overclock, runs very cool for speed, and overclocks to the moon with very little coercing. I have had this since day one on an ASUS Rampage IV Formula clocked on all four core's at 4.75Ghz, at 1.4 Vcore. Max temp on custom waterloop is 56C after 3 hours of prime.
Overall Review: I really dont think I'm upgrading until next gen of Intels come out. This has been a great CPU and will continue to use until Skylake is realeased.
great ram once again Gskill
Pros: The ram sticks are black not green like they show in the pic so they match my setup perfectly. Now on the the stats. After a BIOS update in an EVGA SLI 3 (E767) fired the system up and all 24gigs showing just fine. I have it running at 1640 MHz 9-9-9-24 1.51 DimmV. Ran prime 95 for about an hour just to make sure there were no problems with it at that speed. Have i7-950 clocked to 4.4 with no overclocking problems using all 6 dimm slots. Ran into problems before using all 6 dimms and overclocking.
Cons: None, even the price is awesome. I paid $240 for 6gigs a year and a half ago. there are no cons with Gskill.
Overall Review: I have built a lot of systems and I always use Gskill ram, I have never had a failure with them. I cant say the same when I go out and get some corsair, OCZ, or Kingston if that's what the customer wants. Have had multiple failures in other brands, but Gskill impresses me every time.