Pros: I recently purchased this processor to put in a gaming build. It was $20 off at the time which put it in the same price range as some of the i3s and AMD FX83xxs, so I couldn't pass it up. The install process was very easy. I had no issues whatsoever. Now, for performance. This i5 has zero problems in games. It's currently paired with an AMD R9 280 video card, and this combo will destroy almost any game I throw at it. Every single game I've thrown at it can be run on U...
Cons: I got this on promo. At regular price the cpu is not as great of a deal as the AMD 8 cores that were on sale for insanely low prices on Memorial Day weekend. The FX 8320 was going for like $130. That's a steal. With Intel you're gonna pay more. The quality of product mostly makes up for the increased price, however. Also, I dislike the fact that Intel restricts some of the features on their cpus such as over clocking. It's cheap marketing tactics.
Pros: I got this processor because it seemed like a better deal than the other i5's I was looking at for my price range (less than $200). It came with a stock heat-sink and fan as well as the processor. This allowed me to save some money, for the time being, and keep the stock fan. I just wouldn't overclock it on the stock. I would also like to mention that I only have 1 fan in my case at the moment, and its still staying cool.
Cons: I haven't found any issues with the processor yet.
Summary: I usually buy Amazon products without reviewing, but I thought I would change this habit this time around. I bought this with several other products grouped into one shipment, and they arrived at their destination one week after purchase. Kudos to Amazon. Got it in perfect condition and it's working great! No problems at all!
Summary: I have another build with the 1230v3 Xeon that's more of a virtualization/experimentation build for my work. Since learning of and using the v2 series of the chip I've always been surprised Intel hasn't applied this same model to at least one of the i5 chips; make an i5 without the on die gpu and sell it for less. Maybe this would cut into i3 sales? Who knows.
Pros: This is an absolutely fast processor for the price. Granted I'm a little blown away coming from Core 2 Quad setup so keep that in mind. The processor runs cool and quiet enough on the stock thermal paste and heatsink included. I can see the complaints about the heatsink though as it does look kinda cheap but so far it's doing its job well. I may replace it with a Cooler Master Evo in the future to keep temperatures even cooler as Haswells do run hotter than the previo...
Cons: I wholeheartedly trust Intel, they've never let me down with any product but If I'm to be honest any of the i series chips are not cheap compared to the competition. So not really a con normally but when you're trying to make a budget machine it's hard with Intel.
Summary: The CPU is very fast, very stable. The fan is very quiet. after using a CPU benchmark software for around 10 minutes, the temperature teetered below 70C. That said, the retention mechanism for the heat sink is poorly designed, it uses push pins that sometimes click when you push it in. I had to take off the heat sink, clean it up, apply new thermal compound, and try a second time to get it on good.