Pros: Intel quality. With my gtx 970, it runs most of my games at ultra with little to no hiccups. No notable performance dips when under heavy load.(Heavy load to me = 10+ tabs on Firefox, Pandora, OBS, and Battlefield 4 at ultra.) Relatively cheap, especially if on sale.
Cons: Can get a little hot (60 - 70 degrees Celsius) when under load W/o an after market cooler.
Summary: Overall, I recommend this CPU for a heavy user who doesn't want to blow $500 on an i7.
Pros: This CPU is really great. I wanted a low power but high performance CPU for development, gaming, and normal computer use. This i5 really delivered. It runs lots of applications at once with no problem. Start-up takes less than 45 seconds. When it comes to gaming, it didn't let down either. It ran...
Summary: I was in a quandary with regard to a CPU when I decided to replace a dead motherboard. I looked at Intel Core i7 CPUs but decided that was more speed and performance I really needed. I'm not a gamer and not a power user; so the Core i5 looked like a better investment.