Excellent CPU for gaming and workstation on a budget
30 October 2013
Summary: Excellent CPU for gaming and workstation on a budget. Easy over-clocking with the right motherboard. I am using a Gigabyte GA 770T UD3P, MOSSFETT cooler, and a closed loop H50 Cooler. Running it stable at 4.025 GHz on 1.47V, 2.7GHz North Bridge, and ram (XMS3) running at DDR3-1532 on 6-7-6-20 timings. 56C at full load. Chews up Crysis and Solid Works for a $100.00, is value. It's not as good as a Lynnfield i7 but it is half the price and very close.
Summary: Best CPU for its day and still one to challenge the new releases. Safely overclocked to 3.6GHz with stock heatsink/fan. 60+ fps on high end games on high settings (with 7 series AMD graphics). Best value for money - 2013.