Summary: A buddy bought this CPU for his new gaming computer from a brick and mortar retailer. Another buddy had sold him a Z-77 motherboard he had used for crypto-currency mining with a cerelon. Went to the store to buy a i5-3570k, but they were out and my friend did not want to spend the extra $80 on an i7-3770k, but they did have a few of these i5-3470s for $150 each. At $150, this a killer deal for a gaming CPU.
Pros: quad core and up to 3.6 GHz. A little more if you want to mess with the base clock a little. If purchased for a gaming computer will give you virtually the same performance in games as its more expensive -k counterparts. So if saving a few bucks is important, this processor is worth considering
Cons: Overclocking is very limited (obviously). Also, it is on the older 1155 socket so the utility of this chip to most people is reducing.
Summary: For people who do not know, this does have turbo boost 2.0. Some reviewers on this page says it does not but they are mistaken. This chip runs at 2.9 for average use and then boost up to 3.6 when needed. That is very decent compared to other chips for the same price or more. It also has all the same cache as much higher grade CPU.
Pros: This is a vastly overlooked CPU. Considering it DOES have boost up to 3.6ghz. It conserves energy but can boost up to 3.6ghz when needed.
Cons: None yet. I bought this CPU for $169 so I cannot complain.
Summary: Upgraded from Intel Core i5-650. Big difference in speed, almost twice as fast.
Pros: It's fast enough to get my tasks done efficiently. Drains less power than my old processor. CPU stays under 45 Celsius on max speed with stock fan (No Overclock).
Cons: Slow CPU reaction getting to 100% CPU, but that's because I decided to configure the system for power saving. Eventually, CPU will increase to max speed (100%)after 5 seconds when processing heavy load.
Summary: I have gone back and forth between AMD and Intel for the past few years. My CPU prior to this was an FX-8120 which was good but nothing to brag about. Needless to say it was OK but being that this particular RIG is in my living room as a HTPC/gaming machine that stays on a majority of the day, I wanted something that was not only more power efficient but also ran a lot cooler and faster.
Summary: I have this in my Intel DQ77KB mini-itx motherboard, which only supports 65w processors. It's my home server with ESXi running Pfsense and Win8Pro (for media center recording). Works like a champ, and all while sipping power (~avg 33 watts idle, 45 watts avg. load). A little pricey, but still good.
Pros: Low power consumption. Good performance. Integrated video (although not as fast as K-series CPUS). Great for a HTPC.
Cons: Expensive. Should cost less than the K-series (overclocking) CPUs. Integrated video slower than K-series chips.