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.
Mid range I5 this is the one for people not wanting to Turbo.
3 weeks ago
Summary: Bought this for a new build PC, for light gaming and editing photo's in LR5 and PS. Although only had it a couple of days cant find nothing to fault, stock cooler runs quiet too. Anyone who is not interested in OC this is the one for you, sure there are other more expensive ones that run 200-300 MHz faster but difference is negligible unless you run many heavy programs at the same time.
Summary: I've built a few pc's based around this processor it's a step up over the i3 performance wise, but avoids the price premium of the higher end i5 or i7. But you still have enough firepower to handle decent workloads such as photo/video work and makes for a solid gaming CPU too. With 4 cores and 4 threads, normal clock speeds are 3.1GHz with 3.3 GHz max turbo, it is a step up over the older 2500 i5 processor, though it should be noted if you are planning on overclocking,...
Summary: As I expected the processor was very easy to install and the fan supplied is extremely quiet. I teamed it with the H87 mother board and a corsair case and ssd drive, the result is a nearly silent pc. You can only hear it when the cd or normal hard drive spins up. The processor gives 7.4 on the windows experience index. A reasonably priced cpu at the centre of my gaming pc.
Summary: This is a fantastic little chip, runs like a dream, and with a half decent GPU and enough RAM, this will do almost everything at almost the full extent of an i7. Especially if you overclock (again, easy to do), this will give you maybe 90% capabilities of an i7 for about 50% of the price. My only concern is that the stock cooler is laughable. If you want to anything other than idle or browse google, get a decent cooler. Aftermarket coolers are cheap and easy to fit.
Summary: Bought this to stick in a mid-budget gaming rig for the lad. Works great when coupled with a half-decent graphics card. The integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4600 are fine for what they are (more than enough for Minecraft and even plays WoW with the details turned down a litte), and about 50% faster than the previous gen Intel HD Graphics 4000. If not gaming, no need for much more of a CPU, unless money is no object.
Summary: I bought this CPU for a newly built PC that I use mainly for gaming and a little of video editing. The instructions and packaging were very good. The CPU performs well and it is always cool and even at full load. I am happy that I didn't spent more for an I7 because for 95% of tasks this CPU is more than enough.