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Pros: - Great performance right out of the box, but let's be real here, this is meant for overclocking.
- Easy 10% overclock or more. 4.4 GHz is practically guaranteed with a minor voltage bump. Beyond that though, it all comes down to the silicon lottery. Personally, mine found a decent balance at 4.5 GHz and 1.36v.
- With the overclock described above and a 120mm closed-loop water cooler, its temperature stays at 70C or below during heavy gaming.

Cons: Supposedly, some examples of this CPU can hit 4.6 GHz in the mid-high 1.3X voltage range. Unfortunately, mine was not one of those. I would have needed another 0.03v or more to step up beyond 4.5 GHz which isn't worth it, IMO, given the cooling limits of my particular Mini-ITX build. Not going to dock it an egg just for that. It's just the nature of the overclocking game.

Other Thoughts: Relevant supporting hardware:
- Cooler: Corsair H80i v2
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VIII IMPACT
- RAM: G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3000 16GBx2
- PSU: Corsair HX750i
- Case: Cooler Master Elite 130

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5 out of 5 eggs About as good as it gets for enthusiast Mini-ITX builds. 11/30/2016

This review is from: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT LGA 1151 Intel Z170 Intel USB 3.1 USB 3.0 U.2 Mini ITX Intel Gaming Motherboard

Pros: - Excellent BIOS. Looks great, supports mouse input, has tons of options and is easy to use for overclocking.
- Has just about everything you'll need for an enthusiast build, from discrete audio to U.2 to USB 3.0.
- Looks good, has some useful additions and displays on the back panel. RGB LEDs in the audio ports are also a nice touch.

Cons: - Doesn't have M.2 SSD or USB 2.0 connections
- Several tall components on the board might impede airflow or make cable routing a little more difficult for small form factor builds.

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5 out of 5 eggs About as good as it gets for enthusiast Mini-ITX builds. 11/30/2016

This review is from: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT LGA 1151 Intel Z170 Intel USB 3.1 USB 3.0 U.2 Mini ITX Intel Gaming Motherboard

Pros: - Excellent BIOS. Looks great, supports mouse input, has tons of options and is easy to use for overclocking.
- Has just about everything you'll need for an enthusiast build, from discrete audio to U.2 to USB 3.0.
- Looks good, has some useful additions and displays on the back panel. RGB LEDs in the audio ports are also a nice touch.

Cons: - Doesn't have M.2 SSD or USB 2.0 connections
- Several tall components on the board might impede airflow or make cable routing a little more difficult for small form factor builds.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 10/09/04

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  • First Review: 12/15/09
  • Last Review: 12/07/16
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