Works great, but Quad Core CPUs are overkill for most users.
Turtles all the Way Down™, Amazon
27 August 2010
Summary: I build a new desktop computer every four or five years, and leading up to my Winter-Spring '10 build, I was hot for the Quad Core. I knew there was a fairly limited number of programs that could use all four cores, and that even those programs rarely did. But still, I wanted Quad!
Summary: Could be a con but I think it's due to my video card, but I can't max out AA and keep good fps on high end games and my monitors max res is only 1440x900 but like I said, I think it's my GPU not CPU causing this.
Pros: I can encrypt a dvd and play decent games with decent stats :D. I guess I didn't really pay attention to directions, just slapped it in and booted right up. seems to OC well without over heating, stock heatsink and fan but case has great ventilation so that might help.
Summary: No problems so far, bought this for my workhorse computer I use in my graduate study office, I needed more power for running simulations, and of course wanted to play Left 4 Dead 2 when I'm taking a break.
Pros: Not too much of a power hog, fast, intel
Cons: doesn't come with coolant? the free fan isn't amazing, but I already had a good one.
Summary: Only editing DVD rez movies now but when I go HD I hope this CPU gives back on my investment!
Pros: 1. OC'd to 3.2 GHz full time and stays cool 36 to 41 on all four cores at idle with Artic Pro Cooling 7 Freezer 2. No issues or extra vcore needed for 3.5 Ghz but I keep it to 3.2 GHz for slightly cooler overclock temps
Cons: Expensive but needed it for video work. Won't go with Intel next time but will try AMD quad core for better value. For the price of this, I could have got a combo deal AM3 mobo and Phenom II X4 955 which OC's to 3.7 GHz very stable
Pros: The Q9400 is easy to install and as long as you leave it alone you do not have any problems, notas fast as I would have thought over the @66600. with a little extra power is ok.
Cons: I have bag storiess about overclocking. I just wanted to go to 2800, a small increase Forget if your ram goes to it 1.3337 ot locks up time after time. thats my only problem all the sunchine and I don't have a chance.
Summary: He isn't an I7 but he gets the job done. I did not get this here, but got it at a store for 60 dollars less. But if you can't find a good deal on a quad processor, this is definitly a good buy.
Pros: This processor flies. First of all, i upgraded my system from a Pentium D 925 to this processor. The pentium D, took an hour and 20 mins to encode a full 4.3gig movie. This guy, takes about 20 mins total! It also increased my frames per second in gaming to a steady 60fps with Antialiasing selected.
Cons: Temp wise...with the stock heat/sink and fan, it gets kind of toasty at a full load. Doesn't go past 50degrees celsius, but I am looking into an offmarket heatsink fan, because less heat on the processor, means more effeciency.