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 ...
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.