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Stop Reading and Buy It Now!,
This review is from: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K (Personal Computers)First off, let me state that I bought mine through Micro Center because they were offering the mobo I wanted in combination with this CPU when it first dropped for $280 as a package. However, I highly doubt there will be a big difference in the chip based on where you bought it.
This chip is out of this world. I paired it with a Z77 mobo and it FLIES. I've managed to successfully OC it to 4.6 GHz on air cooling (Cooler Master V-8) with temps ranging from 20C idle to 64C load. That sounds high, but the TJMax for this chip is 105C and it's safe to push up to 90C. I've still got enough room to MAYBE push 4.7 out of this, maybe. Now note, you WILL NOT be able to push this chip much beyond 4.5 GHz without some serious cooling solutions thanks for Intel's decision to use paste instead of solder. There is a major voltage/heat wall at 1.34v that will stop you in your tracks and the temps start rising fast at about 1.28-1.3v. However, pound-for-pound, this chip is worth it in both my opinion and reviews over the last generation simply because of that native USB 3.0 support and PCI-E 3.0 support. It will run neck-and-neck with a OC'ed Sandy Bridge, but offer the new supports. Both may not be used heavily right now, but I'm future proofed for at least 1 1/2 years minimum. Why not get the same performance with new toy for slightly more price?
I do not use my system for heavy media processing so I cannot comment on that, but I do use it to see how far I can push the system and for gaming. Just for an example, I'm running BF3 (which is very CPU intensive for a MP game) under ultra settings and only use 68-72% of my CPU potential. My previous AMD 955 BE was under 100% the entire time and never let down. I sadly had my GPU fry from static when I was rebuilding my system with this new chip and I got to play with the iGPU on the chip while I waited for my graphics card's RMA to finish. I was NOT able to play high graphics intense games like BF3, but I was able to play games like Civilization 5 and Diablo 3 under high settings with 60+ FPS with just the integrated GPU. That's impressive to me!
If you're looking to upgrade to a new chip, this one will not let you down and will continue to zippy and take advantage of new technologies well into the future. This chip is good for the gamer, a challenge for the OC'er, and PERFECT for the person who just wants to sit at home and watch Youtube.