Summary: I run this CPU overclocked to 3.9GHz with the stock fan. The temps stay around 40-45 degrees Celsius while on the desktop. For games like Battlefield 4, the temps stay between 70-75 degrees. Without being able to overclock the CPU much further, the stock fan cuts it but just barely.
Pros: That's all I've ever owned and all I'll ever use. Bought this for my new Win 7 system build. After 5 months, everything is fine.
Cons: Had trouble with installing the heatsink on this. I don't know if it had to do with the holes in the MB, but the heatsink's 4 locking tabs would not all punch through and lock into place. Only 2 did, and all the tries on the other 2 were to no avail. That's the reason for deducting an egg. Had to...
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.
Pros: Debated between AMD and Intel. Went with the i5 because the specs seemed better. Very nice hardware at a reasonable cost. Excellent performance.
Cons: I pushed my budget for this processor, originally planning a much lower-end i3. I would recommend getting the next up processor with the HD 4000 if you are not planning to add a video card. Overall the cost of adding an equivalent card is not much more than the increased cost though.
Summary: I have two of these in asus Z77 motherboards. One runs Linux for my massive software raid server, and never even breaks a sweat. The case is a rack mount with limited ventilation, but there is no heat buildup problem even fully loaded.
Great processor, don't bother with the integrated graphics
Michael C., Newegg
8 June 2012
Pros: Quad core processor with a high clock speed. Very fast. Reasonable price although could be cheaper.
Cons: Integrated graphics are a joke. I have a low-end PCIe graphics card that I bought almost 5 years ago and it outperforms the integrated graphics on this chip (although it does not support DirectX11). Spend some extra money on a new mid-range or low-end card if you're doing gaming because it's almo...
Turboboost better than expected; but not much value to this "tick"
The Irish Patient, Amazon
4 June 2012
Summary: First off, understand that this review assumes that you're going to use a graphics card in your desktop computer. Do NOT buy any i5 processor except the i5-3570K if you intend to use the integrated graphics.
Pros: Powerful and perfect for the price. Haven't built a PC in a while because I've been using a mac, but wow can this pc destroy tasks!
Cons: Runs hot. Be warned. Going to buy a liquid cooler (~$100) for this cpu. Idles at 36-40C, running just one game put's it at ~74C. Some may be fine with those temps, but personally I like to have it at below 70C when running full load (not just one game). Just my .02