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Great performance for the money
on November 14, 2012
All I can say is WOW. This is actually a bit of a downgrade from my previous i7-970, but I rarely needed the extra cores/hyperthreading so I figured putting some cash towards the other components would be better suited.
So far this CPU has exceeded my expectations. Since this machine is primarily used for web surfing, gaming, and photo editing, this CPU simply runs circles around anything I throw at it. I've yet to see it struggle, even when doing my initial burn-in testing. Oh, and turbo boost is more like overclocking. I've seen this CPU peg itself at 3.8GHz (max turbo speed) for as long as I have whatever stressing it running.
One night I felt a little crazy and decided to simply bump up the turbo speeds, basically setting everything up 200MHz. I now see it frequently hit (and remain at) 4GHz and still as stable as can be. Temps are fine under load, I'm sure I could push it more if I felt so inclined! Now I do have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 on here. I wouldn't push this CPU beyond normal speeds without some kind of aftermarket cooler. Even without overclocking, it wouldn't be a bad idea to replace that tiny cooler it comes with. It's barely adequate for stock speeds.
Besides being unlocked, the only feature the "K" processor has over the standard is better on-chip graphics. For me, I went straight for the locked unit as I didn't plan on overclocking and I knew I'd be using dedicated graphics. Of course shortly after getting the 3570, I find the 3570K is only $1 more than this processor. It seems the gap widened again, but still annoying. Never the less, unless you need onboard video or plan on some pretty substantial overclocking (more than simply changing the multiplier), this is plenty of power for you!