Pros: Cache, overclock ability, HT, cores
Cons: Heat, power
Fantastic CPU! I use it for my rendering rig (Adobe suite). Paired this with a Sabertooth X79 and 32gb of ram. I originally had an iMac but needed a true desktop so I built my own with this CPU. I was able to overclock it to 5.0Ghz! I run it at 4.9Ghz for rendering at 1.43v. Make sure to populate enough ram slots to get the full quad channel memory.