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This i7-4770k was the core of my first computer build - so I was ignorant what to expect. I did an external build first to test the motherboard, RAM and processor - everything worked fine but the Intel processor fan above the processor (that came from Intel with the chip). it would not spin without a "push start" and was noisy when it did spin. So I did some reading on Intel processor fans and some reviewers said they were junk - and based on my limited experience I had to agree. I decided to purchase an after market Master Cooler processor fan to replace the stock Intel fan. As I removed the stock Intel processor fan from the motherboard was where I learned my processor fan lesson - look closely at the fan wires. Intel had clipped the wire for the fan's power so tightly to the perimeter of the fan's plastic exterior that it impeded the fan's ability to spin and caused the noise. Intel gives sufficient fan wire length so there was no need for it to be so tight around the fan's perimeter and as soon as I made the wires longer and away from the fan it started quickly and quietly. But I had already taken the time and spent $35 on the Master Cooler fan, so I installed it anyway rather than taking more time to return it. The Master Cooler processor fan (212 Evo) was much bigger than the stock fan but still incredibly quiet.
I used to have a i5-3570, I made the step up because I: 1: Wanted to see how much of a difference it makes, and, 2: Planned on using the extra cores for later on advanced courses felt like I needed the extra kick.
Pros: +Gives quick boot times with rapid start technology +Very good for gaming and for those who want to push everything to the max +Stays cooler than previous generation, even though processors can run the same temps as others and its hard to tell, but I ran this under the same cooler as my last processor and it stayed under 50 C, while the i5 was pushing past 60 C.
In all, I feel like the performance gap between this and the i5 is not too great, but with all of the new programs and games coming out, it feels good to know you'll be ready for what ever it throws at you.
I can't give this thing a drop in stars because it isn't way better than the last few Generations of Intel. It performs very solid and Overclocks very easily. I will always cherish the memory of my 2600k.. but at least this is a worthy replacement. You can see in the benchmarks that this baby shines faster than it's predecessors. Yes, I actually screenshot old benchmarks from my previous CPUs and I have the facts. If you ran an SSD with a decent motherboard and your previous processors, you won't notice much of a difference except in Benchmarks. Maybe next gen Intel will show more difference. I just upgraded because I had the cash and I like to have the newest things. If you have the money, go for it. If you have to save up for a few months.. save your money for the next gen NVidia graphics card line or an upgrade to solid state storage. That will be your next big noticeable bump in performance.
Intel is the way to go. I have been an AMD fan boy for all of my life. Going through college I was poor and price was more of a factor in my decision to go with AMD. I assumed the competition between AMD and Intel was overblown and that their chips were similar. Boy, was I wrong.
I replaced my AMD Phenom 4-core 4.0 Ghz processor with this i7. There was a world of difference. I don't do a lot of gaming but I have some experience with video conversion which I used both processors on to test. When I would convert a video file to a different format with the AMD processor, it would max out it's usage to 99% which meant if I did anything else while it was converting that it would overload the processor and blue screen of death me. With the Intel processor, video conversion only takes up about 20% usage and, if I were to estimate, I would say that it converts the videos roughly 33% faster, maybe more. This is great because it allows me to do other things on my computer while I'm converting the video files without blowing it up.
Yes, Intel is going to cost you quite a bit more money for "less" processing power. In my personal opinion, it is well worth the extra money. These processors are much faster than AMD. The point of this review isn't to dog AMD because they give you excellent processing power at an affordable price. I have nothing against them. However, if money isn't tight and you have a little extra that you don't mind spending, go with an Intel processor, especially if you'll be using it for gaming or video editing/conversion.