Summary: My reliable old rig was starting to show her age, and I wanted a complete upgrade. I went from a Core2Quad Q6600 2.4ghz to this, and have been very impressed at just how big an improvement it really was. Unfortunately these Haswells seem to make quite a bit of heat as CPU usage increases; My Sabertooth motherboards software included Thermal Radar 2, which allows me to monitor and fine tune my system temps and fan speeds.
Pros: - Hyper-threaded, - Moderate power consumption, - Excellent capacity for handling multiple tasks
Cons: - High heat production, - Stock cooler is garbage