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Blazing fast processor. Highly recommended.,
This review is from: Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770 (Personal Computers)
I recently purchased a rig with the i7 3770 processor and I was pleasantly surprised. I had a i7 2600 "Sandy Bridge" before, and I was told that I wouldn't really see any difference between the two performance wise- so I wasn't expecting any huge gains. Well the i7 3770 IS just faster than the i7 2600. It really is. After moving all my old programs and software to the new computer I can definitely tell a noticable difference. Everything just seems faster, and zippier.
This processor is really amazing. I'll have to say I am impressed, and I don't know what kind of magic Intel is using, but wow---that's all I can say is wow (and I was a AMD guy for years, until I got my i7 2600 rig, so I really appreciate this speed).
As far as the heat issue and heat complaints go, I think they apply to the "k" version mostly, if you start oveclocking- it will get hotter than Sandy Bridge- but with proper cooling, it's controllable.
Since I have no need or desire to OC anymore- I happily went with the non k version. But I do have an Asetek closed loop cooler, and it stays idle around 28 C +/-. Under load it gets into the high 40's, but not really bad. Thats totally ok for this CPU. In fact it's pretty much in line with what my Sandy Bridge 2600 was running.
Final thoughts- get this CPU if you are starting a new build, or upgrading either one. It's a screaming fast beast, and can't be stopped.
P.S. The Z77 mobo's are just starting to appear and they are truly awesome. I plugged in some 1600 MHz Crucial RAM, and the mobo recognized it immediately as 1600MHz - no configuration in the BIOS was necessary.
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Initial post: Jul 19, 2012 3:53:14 PM PDT
Another reason to rejoice in your purchase of the non-K version of this processor: it supports VT-d.
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