Summary: Nice Upgrade from my aging 9400. Good mid range CPU for gamers or anyone needing a strong cpu that won't break the bank. If you really need to tweak and overclock your system well either stay with sandy/Ivy bridge chips or shell it out for the K series haswells. This chip is plenty powerful enough for most gamers or photo editing tasks. Only 4 stars mainly due to Intel removing any ability to even get a mild OC on the non-K Haswells.
Summary: Quad core for under $200. Integrated (hd 4600) graphics are good enough to play starcraft 2 on medium settings perfectly. Can go to High Settings with slight lag. Best processor for the price if not planning to overclock. Able to handle high end graphics cards w/o botttleneck. AMD APU's still better in terms of integrated graphics, however.
Summary: Really fast and does everything perfectly. Everything runs smooth and you can even play some basic games on it. I don't overclock so I can't speak to that but for productivity, this is a great processor.
runs fast, handles everything I throw at it in a HTPC build, stock fan is quiet enough for an HTPC case
michael j wood, Amazon
14 September 2013
Summary: zero complaints here. it runs fast and quiet in my home theater PC. some reviews say the stock fan is loud. I have not heard it yet in my quiet home theater room. I'm guessing those reviewers got a broken fan. Upgraded to this from an old Intel E8400 dual core. wow what a difference, especially with video editing/encoding. not as fast as i7s but definitely fast enough for the money.
Summary: Used in an ITX build for my previous concrete contractor boss who enjoys video games. He wanted to play World of Tanks and his current Dell laptop with a first generation i3 couldn't get it beyond 20fps on minimum. Now he is seeing steady 30fps and more at low mixed with some medium settings, using the iGPU. He is quite pleased. Stock fan and inside a Cooler Master Elite 120, this runs average of 40-45C, idle being higher 30's.
Summary: nothing more, nothing less. Lots of computing power and runs fairly cool at only about 39 C. For me it's not worth the fastest as the difference in speed and difference in price is just too much. Also with the advance of Haswell it really seems as though a video card wouldn't really be nessecary for everyday tasks, this was not my experience. Even windows wouldn't allow a screen saver saying that it couldn't due to no graphics card installed.