Summary: In my situation, the investment was worth it.. I have a sandy bridge chip in my second machine that I had to put a beefier cooler on just to do the same stuff I can do on my 5 year old extreme chip that's running on stock fan/heatsink.
Pros: For all the haters, I'm going to explain why this chip is worth the xtra money. I bought an extreme edition chip back in 2009. The one I bought was "Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1366". 5.5 years later, I'm still using this cpu and am able to play the latest games while watching a movie (blu-ray ripped to iso using clone drive) without even taxing that old cpu. The only complaint I have is that I can't uprade my motherboard since th...
Very good CPU for enthusiast PC's or for 3D rendering workstations ...
4 weeks ago
Summary: The CPU is a BEAST! Very good CPU for enthusiast PC's or for 3D rendering workstations (which is what we are using it for). However, don't purchase from the Nerds.com. Over priced and bad service!
Summary: Are you tired of having to heat your home with a furnace, are you tired of low electric bills, and are you tire of only playing games on high instead of highest quality, well this beast is for you! No stock cooler could come close to moving the heat on this guy and with a good closed loop radiator you are in business for some serious heat and power draw. Of course it idles well so no worries there but when you crank this guy up you are in for some serious performance.
Summary: Only issue keep in mind cooling wise this chip is known to have to be relided for better performance. However downside you will certain need heat gun, specialized pry tool also voids warranty. I've used EK Supreme Elite combo with XSPC AX 360 still find lacking clocking at 4.8 Ghz mark. high of 102 C running 100% load with CPU burn test; stability test need. (Advised do not let it off 80C I had no choice.
Best processor out there.. Amazon handled a problem I had with this order VERY FAST! A+ Service from them!
Mark Dobson, Amazon
15 June 2014
Summary: This processors amazing you definitely get what you pay for. I do have to give Amazon props I purchased this processor new but the process of that I received was completely different. The Processor was packed in the correct packaging and sealed from Intel,but the actual processor was different it was a testing processor and not the retail version!! Amazon totally made it right by replacing the processor and I mail them back the wrong one that was sent to me!