Summary: I purchased this CPU with an ASUS P8C WS (with C216 chipset) and 32 GB Kingston DDR3-1600 ECC memory because I wanted ECC given there is so much memory on my new build. Operating under Windows 7 Pro for over a year, I have not, REPEAT NOT, experienced one Blue Screen Of Death.
Pros: Very fast chip. Ivy Bridge 22nm, 4-Core, 8-Threads, ECC capable, disabled graphics, its actually cheaper than its desktop equivalent without ECC by $50. Great Value.
Cons: No cons I can seriously gripe about. CPU runs hot when under Stress testing on all 8 threads because of thermal paste issues. But for the usage I subject this CPU under, this is not a issue to deduct eggs over. Its hard to find fault with a CPU that works out of the box.
Pros: It looks great in the box. It took me 4 months to get the money to buy it.
Cons: Too bad I didn't inspect the motherboard when I bought it in November. When I opened the motherboard last night to assemble my new system, what a surprise I got when I noticed some of the pins were bent needless to say my Intel Xeon E3-1240 processor didn't work with a damaged motherboard and it ...
Summary: I bought this to be part of my main rig. Asus Sabertooth Z77, 32G ram, NVidia GTX 760. It was cheaper than the 3770(K) and I wasn't looking to OC, just wanted dependable 24/7 operation and hyper-threading. I got what I wanted and I am very satisfied with the performance for the price.
Pros: 4 core, 8 threads, low power, works on Z77 with no issues. Gaming is excellent, powerful replacement for my 3570K. Lower power use (not that I care).
Summary: and yes it works with regular desktop memory
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!