Summary: Since i have 2 of these next to each other they were running hot. Had stock intel heatsinks with fan but after a 20 min rendering got up to 80c. Put a new water cooling unit in and now never goes above 50c
Pros: These things just pump out power. got 2 of these running on my home computer for me to do renderings! it takes no time at all having all 8 cores maxed out at 100%
Summary: I purchased this processor as part of a server I built for my buisness startup. It has been used on a Supermicro motherboard in a Supermicro case with a basic heat sink. Runs very cool, and works well for software/database application development.
Summary: I opted to get these as opposed to some of the 2.8Ghz or 3Ghz processors becuase of price. I am rather glad I did, these handle the workload of my server very nicely. I would highly recommend these processors to anyone looking to build a server for use in the Home or a Small Business.
Pros: These processors are very stable with my Asus Z8NA-D6C. They have a nice amount of cache. Reasonable price.
Summary: its funny that someone put 2 of these procs in their home desktop computer for the extra power. i deployed a single E5606 in a small business HP Server recently and its running 3 windows virtual servers, all 2008R2 and one w/Exch2010, and the system is running at less than 25% load.
Cons: Just be aware that although it is a boxed Intel retail set, this particular SKU does NOT include a heat sink/fan... it contains ONLY the CPU. You will need to order thermal protection separately. I don't see that notation anywhere on the product page, and it delayed my system build.
Summary: I would recommend for anyone that just needs a small home server/workstation. Keep in mind that this is only a 2.13GHz Quad-Core and doesn't include turbo boost or hyperthreading which is why I am putting two of these in my workstation for the extra horsepower in rendering.
Pros: I replaced my AMD 965 with this and it amazed me how well it kept up. I needed a workstation/server so I wanted a low watt and very cool CPU so I went with this. While it benchmarks lower than the AMD 965 it is much faster in real world applications. It also idles around 19C and never reaches 30C...