Joined on 09/12/06
Lower clock next time
Pros: Fast. Nice appearance. Runs smooth.
Cons: XMP required. To use this (at 2400) with my i7 4790k I have to use XMP or extreme memory profile in BIOS. I seem to be having some stability issues when doing this. As the processor only recognizes DDR 3 1866. I feel like this should be announced in big bold letters on the product page. I did not knock an egg because it comes down to paying attention at the consumer end.
Overall Review: Playing BF4, Arma 3, and Sims 4 with this product on ultra settings with 0 issues. I would get the DDR3 1866 version, because I can't tell the difference when I underclock this down to that. i7 4790k Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING 7 ASUS STRIX GTX 970 8GB (2x4) G.Skill Ripjaw X DDR3 2400 Crucial MX100 256GB SSD (OS) Seagate 1TB HDD (Storage) EVGA NEX750G 750W PSU Intel TS13X liquid CPU cooler Rosewill Stealth ATX Mid case
Exactly what I wanted
Pros: Cost Works great out of the box. CPU idles in the low 20's, 52 degrees while gaming. Quiet. Efficient, only requires 1 CPU fan socket. Compact. Radiator has a 120mm footprint which gives you options on where to mount. Versatile. You can reconfigure the fan and radiator to fit your needs with included mounting adaptors. Appearance. The CPU sink lights up a nice blue intel logo. The fan also has blue LEDs
Cons: The heat sink compound included in mine was about 6 months expired according to it's tube. The instructions look like they were written by a certain furniture retailer. But I found videos online.
Overall Review: Spacing, I use this in an ATX Mid tower, and had spacing issues with my MB's many heat sinks, so I ended up mounting to the rear 140mm fan slot, and changed the fan around with the included adaptors. System: i7 4790k Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING 7 ASUS STRIX NVIDIA GTX 970 2x4GB DDR3 2400 G.Skill Ripjaw X Crucial MX100 256gb ssd Seagate 1TB HDD EVGA Supernova NEX750G PSU Rosewill Stealth ATX Mid Case
In the mean time
Pros: Cost. Caught a good deal here. Simple. It's about as close as you can get to XP right now. I got home premium because after owning pro versions in the past I realize that I don't take advantage of most of those features. **Free upgrade to Windows 10, I'll wait a little while on that to let them work out the kinks.
Cons: Updates: This OS has been out for awhile so be prepared for lots of updates, reboots and shutdowns. I think the first day I had 179 or so, and more in the days after. This is to be expected with any software that has been around for a bit.
Overall Review: System this is on: i7 4790k Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING 7 ASUS STRIX GTX 970 8GB (2x4) G.Skill Ripjaw X DDR3 2400 Crucial MX100 256GB SSD (OS) Seagate 1TB HDD (Storage) EVGA NEX750G 750W PSU Intel TS13X liquid CPU cooler Rosewill Stealth ATX Mid case