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Pros: I've owned this CPU for over 3 years now. Purchased back in July of 2010, this processor doesn't feel a lick slower then the day it came out of the box. That's at stock speeds!
My last build (purchased around April of 2006) made it until 2010 when I just couldn't take it any more. This machine (built in July of 2010), feels basically just as fast as it did when I built it!
I imagine I'll get at least two to three more years out of it (pending hardware failures *knock on wood*) before I'm wanting to go bigger.
I'm still wanting to upgrade my cooler and overclock this champ, but so far I have no need to do so.
Cons: None that I can think of!
At this point in it's life (3 years) my old Operton 165 was showing signs of its age. This thing so far hasn't!
This review is from: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It's worked for over three years now. In the world of today, that alone is a feat. But it's still churning along like a champ.
Also a shout out to my core i7 930 which is still plenty fast at stock speeds and my radeon HD 5870. Both have aged very well so far!
Cons: It still has the posting issue, but it seems to be a lot less frequent now a days. I have been shutting my PC off at all times when not using it, now that I am more conscious about the energy bill if you know what I mean. Maybe every few times it doesn't post the first try.
I don't know if the problem with this board was the fault of asRock or intel. I know that this chipset was intel's first crack at an integrated memory controller and I remember reading something about that causing all kinds of problems. Either way, I've upgraded to two eggs on this one. Which is still bad.
Other Thoughts: Do you homework, and read plenty of reviews.
Although I do have problems, this computer is still a beast.
This review is from: HIS iCooler V Turbo Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) DirectX 11 H587FNT1GDG 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card DirectX 11/ Eyefinity w/ Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Game Coupon
Pros: Over two years later this thing is still cranking out serious FPS paired with my i7 930 (stock) and 6GB of ram.
I play at 1920x1080 on my 47" Sony Bravia HDTV and I can play games at crazy frame rates!
Cons: None!READ FULL REVIEW