Pros: Fantastic performance, Oc'able, handles GTX 680 SLI with no problem
Cons: Still expensive even if I got it at a discounted price of $500, also runs hot
It is a great processor that still completely keeps up with the newer Intel and AMD generations. I was able to OC it to 4.4Ghz under air cooling, and the performance is phenomenal. This cpu handles multi-threaded applications incredibly well -in fact at 4.4ghz it is well faster than a stock i7-3960X (I am well aware the latter can be overclocked as well, but it still shows how powerful this cpu is). The single-threaded peformance is also excellent, though it comes at 10-12% worse than SB. The chip however can easily handle driving twopowerful cards such as the GTX 680in SLI with both GPUs at 95+% usage at all times.
so to summerize for multi-threaded usage it easily bests Bulldozer, Thuban, even socket 1155 SBs easily, and for gaming it comes very close to the current generation of Intel CPUs, and also handijly beats BD and Phenom IIs. All of this from a CPU released and bought in 2010 for $500.