Summary: I paired this with the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer, but ended up replacing the NB heatsink. I bought this to boost the FPS on ARMA 3 in multiplayer. Those of you who play know what I'm talking about. Before my fan upgrade, it ran at 45fps high, 20fps low, and 32fps average in multiplayer.
Cons: Difficult to air-cool. Impossible to air-cool stable completely enclosed in a full ATX tower without having your PC sound like a 1U server/jet engine (mine does). Very high power requirements. A good rule of thumb to determine if you need a new MoBo for this CPU is if the heatsinks over the VRs (...
Cons: I got this to replace my old i5 2600k, it was starting to get out dated and I wanted an upgrade. Unfortunately I wish I would have stuck with intel. This processor has given me nothing but trouble while trying to use it for simple gaming. It gives me OS crashes constantly for almost every game th...
Summary: I have this cpu running on an Asus Sabertooth R-2 Gen 3 board. I have had no problems with heat or stability. I have it cooled by a Corsair H110 with fans just in the pull configuration and it idles @34-36. It is also clocked @ 5.3, all day long with no hiccups. Memory runs @ 2600.
Pros: Eight cores, fast, cheaper than the other guy. Runs like a scalded dog.
Summary: I'm not going to shell out another $200 for a high-end motherboard that isn't guaranteed to work. Hopefully Newegg will take it back so I can buy the FX-8350 (125W) and save $70.
Pros: I'm sure it would have worked great if there existed a MOTHERBOARD capable of handling it's 220W power demand.
Cons: I bought a Corsair H110i GTX water cooler and a Corsair HX1000i power supply (1000W) and this CPU still freezes under heavy load because my ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ motherboard apparently can't handle the CPU current.
Summary: If you have this CPU in mind I recommend it now if you don't need all the cores but still enjoy heavy gaming then I'd say go ahead and jump on the Intel fan wagon I myself will stay with my amd CPUs.
Pros: This thing is perfect I haven't over clocked it yet but its still just blowing away everything I throw at it games tasks etc I haven't had any issues with it at all running it with a deepcool captain 360 honestly if that could keep it below 60c then most could. Extremely powerful for sure.
Cons: The cons is that its not free haha but seriously the only thing I could think of at all would be maybe you have a heated room but that isn't a big deal if you have your window open then its just fine.
Summary: I returned this and bought an 8350, for the 100W difference and the fact that I can use stock air-cooling I think it's a better buy. Also it's $55 cheaper. If you need the extra boost from an AMD no matter the cost this might be the way to go, but after buying the liquid cooler and top-end MoBo to...
Pros: This is AMD's fastest chip
Cons: -Requires liquid cooling -Doesn't really give intel competition -Sucking 225W through the chipslot can't be good for the longevity of the motherboard, I run mine for about 5yrs -so that's important to me. -Runs unbelievably hot
Summary: Not knocking off any eggs just because it runs hot, the chip is what it is and made that way on purpose. If you decide to buy it, that's your choice and failure to heed repeated warnings about the chip are on the buyer, not the chip itself so....
Pros: It's AMD's top of the line chip that is overclocked right out of the box. Has 8 cores so multitasking isn't a big deal for it either and wil do whatever you want it to. If you can keep it cool enough (Good Luck with that) it will give you some nice clocks beyond stock.
Cons: As others have said it's hot-hot-HOT when it comes to it's operating temps. Do not even dream of running it on air, ain't happening for long since it will fry itself nicely in short order if you try it. Also requires a board with a strong VRM phase count, boards such as the top Asus models (CHV-Z...