Summary: i5 makes a great workstation processor. Runs well with my intel desktop board. No issues with the hardware. I am not overclocking it because its fast enough with the SSD running the main drive.
Good bang for the buck way into 4 core Sandy Bridge
21 October 2012
Summary: Sandy Bridge is currently (3/2012) the best processor option on the market for all around use. They are just fast at everything, generate low heat and low power consumption. The i5-2310 is one of the cheapest Quad Core options.
Summary: I know Intel CPU's are pricier but under the right circumstances they are unbelievable performers. I could not believe how far I pushed the envelope on this CPU and it never missed a beat. In a properly air-cooled case, it cruises all day at 3.5 GHz with temperatures below 50 degrees (44-47).
Summary: I have yet to find a game that i cannot run with this CPU. Looking forward to upgrading to the i7 later this year! If you are looking for powerful CPU at a descent price, i would highly recommend grabbing this CPU as it can run any game if you have a good GPU.