Pros: Very fast at stock speeds (4.0GHz, 4.4GHZ Turbo), Runs quite cool even under air, For heavy gaming overclock not necessarily needed.
Cons: Price point (albeit not unreasonable), Not the "best" for OC without water loops, Stock cooler is very sub-par.
I bought this chip because it was the best bang for my buck at the time. You cannot compare it to the performance of a 5960X (obviously), but i have found it to be a very reliable and powerful component when it comes to single-gpu gaming. When paired with a high end graphics unit, like a GTX 980 or R9 290x, it runs games blisteringly fast. Thermal properties are very impressive: with a 212 EVO... (read more)