Summary: This is the best processor I could get for my applicable situation. Large cache and turbo capable. I converted 4 (AVI) 1080p movies into one DVD in just under 30 minutes. Awesome processor power.
Summary: Bought one of these. Performed like absolute ****. Made games run slower and got blue-screens about 4 times a day. I contacted the seller and returned it. Bought another one, assuming that one was faulty...performed like **** again. Contacted the seller, they wouldn't refund my money, so I sold it. Went back to my FX-6300 and I'm glad I did. Never buying any Intel product again, thats for damn sure.
Summary: I know there are higher end CPUs out there but I am always cautious because of the rate of advancement how much extra power do you get when comparing this $200 CPU versus the $600 CPU? You can always upgrade later on and most likely get that $600 CPU for maybe $200 when you need the power down the road. This is the perfect compromise.
Summary: I purchased this for my first ever Intel build after having been using AMD for a few years. I have built about 15 computers in the last 18 months between work and family, and I noticed the intel gave much better performance for certain work-required apps than the amd cpu. Everything else was the same, so I got this. It handles everything I throw at it and the included heatsink/fan is quiet while keeping it cool.
Summary: This CPU is great! Very quick and responsive. Almost never gets slowdown or anything of the sorts. If you want to get this CPU for 160$ get the version with the "P" at the end (3550P). BUYER BEWARE! Only get the "P" version if you plan on having a graphics card installed, because it does not have integrated graphics. Both CPU's have the same great performance. I would recommend this product to anyone who who wants a high performing CPU at a reasonable price.
Summary: PRO > Just what you would expect in terms of performance. CONS > Packaging is stupid and wasteful. > Did not come with thermal glue. > Booklet is worthless, why even bother? > Price sucks and will forever be that way as long as Intel can do it. Shame.
Summary: Awesome processor! I am playing my games on Ultra setting. I know this is mostly due to graphics card but it is largely due to the processor also. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fast and reliable processor.
Summary: I have been using this CPU for a few months now, and it really is fantastic. I use my desktop for general home use, and really processing-intense gaming. This processor has handled everything I have thrown at it, without issue. For the price, you really aren't going to find anything better.
Summary: A CPU all walks of users can enjoy, The graphics are great compared to older systems which used integrated graphics, And I think anyone who has no interest in Overclocking will love this Cpu because it does pretty much what any user wants it to do and more, Its just too damn fast! So i think if you aren't an enthusiast and want something that will serve you proudly for years to come I'd get a Core I5 3550.
Pros: Great performance, Excellent features, and worth its money.