Pros: 4/22/16 Update: 2yrs now without any issues... 6mo w/out any issues. Running with ASUS Z87 mobo & no graphics card. Integrated graphics are fine for a home office. Fast and reliable. Decided to not get the unlocked version, but kept the Z87 because of its reviews and price.
Cons: Win 7 Home 64bit has attempted on several occassions to upgrade Intel Core i5 graphics driver and it always fails. Not sure what's going on here, so I've disable that update. Operationally, there aren't any issues.
(Originally) Best Value Processor - (Currently) i5-4690K is Better Value
4 weeks ago
Summary: So I've got this running in one of my gaming rigs. I did a lot of research prior to choosing this processor (i5-4570). Despite having this for nearly 2 years of use, it still performs exceptionally well.
Summary: I think that companies should just sell chips with no coolers. I believe that there are some out there, but most chips come with one. Seems like a waste of money they could spend on something else.
Pros: Worked out of the box, no issues. Paired this with an ASRock mini-itx board and a Nvidia GTX 970, no problems to report and the system feels balanced. It does not seem as either product is bottle necking the other. Temps are fine with an aftermarket cooler. Did not try the stock fan, we all know ...