Pros: yep the 1240v2 packs some serious power for example playing a BD movie cpu utilization jumps between 1-2% only>the cpu I had before the i5 3570k playing the same movie was between 8-and 10% "hyper threading" the way to go for encoding!
Summary: Purchased through Amazon. Using with Asus P8B-WS mobo and AMD Radeon 6950 on Win7/64 with 16GB ECC ram. Very fast and solid. Running Sony Vegas Pro 11 and Steinberg Wavelab 7. Very pleased with this combo!