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Not much to say, but this is a great processor. I've used intel chips on my last few computers, and they've always come out great. I actually kind of downgraded, I had an i5-3570K clocked at 3.4 GHz and went to this chip at 3.3 GHz when I had to swap out my motherboard. Frankly, I can't tell the difference. I also never went for overclocking much, so shaving $30 off to get this is just a win for me. No slowdowns on everything I've thrown at it. Can't give you benchmarks, but I stress my computer pretty well just usually (say, having ~40 open tabs on chrome and then starting a game with Steam running in the background, or those forty tabs with Illustrator and Photoshop running and Steam in the background, etc), with absolutely no hiccups. This is a great chip and I'd recommend it to everyone not interested in overclocking (and really, not needed on this chip, frankly).
I had been torn between this or the AMD 8350. On my previous build I had an AMD Athlon 760k Quad Core that I sold, and a second computer with a Pentium G3220 that I was upgrading from. Let me say this, THIS THING SCREAMS!
I didn't know what I was missing, my computer has an SSD and a R7260X, and it boots from cold in 4-5secs! Installing programs are so fast I can no longer let one install and walk away, it's always there waiting ON ME!
It also Multitasks like a Beast!, VirtBox with LMint16 (with a few webpages open and widgets), 5 YT videos, FarCry3 and SEv3, Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Record with OBS, and Render a Video with WMM = AT THE SAME TIME!
If you are gaming you will not be disappointed; Rendering Videos/Serious Video Editing (while it can pretty fast) an i7 would be better if that is your main focus. But if you want a good all rounder while saving $100+ bucks, this guy is your guy!
Purchased for my wife's computer to replace a Pentium G-4460, which was a nice CPU, but it finally met its nemesis with Fallout4. The Pentium was maxed out and causing stutters and freezing in Fallout, so it was time for an upgrade. I considered a couple things when making the upgrade 1) Current and future gaming needs, and 2) Value.
From a value standpoint, the Pentiums were the best for most games, but from a "need" standpoint, it became clear that it was not getting the job done anymore. .
Speaking of meeting needs, this CPU is specifically listed as meeting the recommended specifications for VR. I expect this to be able to handle VR titles for the next 4-5 years because the cost of VR 'sets is so high that they are treating development of VR games like they are developing for a set platform (like a console). The foundation of that platform is THIS processor (or any of its 4-core equivalents). I expect that they will not increase the recommended hardware for about the typical length of time for a modern platform lifecyle (ie PS2,PS3,PS4) - a lifecycle which is currently 4-5 years.
Finally, after the upgrade, The GTX 660 is now the bottleneck in my wife's system. No more stuttering and the CPU runs cool and quiet and never surpasses about 55% load in fallout4. My biggest factor in getting this CPU was that I already had the motherboard because it was an upgrade, but this is also the best value CPU in the U.S. at this price segment. It beats anything AMD has in single-threaded performance, while still retaining a price-point that competes with AMD's high-end FX-series 8-core CPU's. Generally speaking, this beats any FX-CPU in most games (and saves $$ on the power bill).
Regardless of whether you are building from scratch or upgrading, this is a good buy.
I am using this with my Asus Z97-A mobo and Corsair VP 16GB 2133MHz memory and using AI Suite 3 optimization features am achieving speeds close to 3.9 GHz. This isn't able to be overclocked but you can get almost an 18% turbo boost with an after market cooler using the 5 way optimization feature in AI Suite 3
Excellent in every way imaginable. If you don't need to overclock, but still want ample performance--this is the way to go... Most likely.
See, the complicating factor is what you're doing with your computer. and I can't possibly cover every usage scenario. This CPU is powerful enough to game on (though CPUs aren't a bottleneck for gaming, for the most part), multitasking is a breeze for this baby, it runs efficiently (which is the only reason to consider Intel over AMD), and... Well, that's about all I can say. She works like a charm, but its up to you to determine if she's the charm you need. And that's the real problem with the i5 CPUs... It's not simple to say who they're for.
That said, this CPU is great, and has no real drawbacks. If you don't need overclocking, you're not on a budget, and you don't need hyperthreading (and let's be honest, most PC builders don't), this is the best value CPU.
My little brother had been using an AMD laptop for the past few years and he HATED it because it always overheated, even when doing minimal things. He tried lots of ways to cool it-- cooling pads, desk fans, canned air... sometimes you couldn't even touch the bottom of the thing for a few seconds because it would get ridiculously hot. When we were finally picking out parts for his first PC build, he was practically begging for an Intel processor. This processor is a great balance between price and performance. It's fast, and paired with a Hyper 212 EVO for cooling and a GTX 960 for graphics, my brother is playing higher end games he couldn't even dream of playing on his laptop. And best of all, no more dangerous temperatures!