Summary: purchased used for 55 bones, it is a great processor for price! installed on the elitegroup H55H-m micro atx mobo with 8 gigs of ram and a128g ssd drive, it is fast, small and extremely quiet set up! the cpu fan is a clp0556 and is sooo quite! the power supply is a 500w fractal and is also very very quiet. this a a great setup! added my 6024E NI pci daq card and is working fine!
If you find it under 80.00 buy it, you will not regret it.
28 September 2013
Summary: I have used this processor for well over 2 yrs now, and I can tell you it's a well rounded processor. It's setting on EVGA P55 FTW 200 system board and even thou it's locked It still over clocks well. I ran it 4GHz for a yr. with out any problems. Play's most all new games on high to mid settings, but the truth is MOST game are video card heavy. So the better video card you have better games will do. The real trouble is finding a really good system board for it.
Summary: Amazing! Honestly I would never buy any Intel non K [unlocked] for full price at i5 or i7 level. That is where ebay shines, find someone who swapped up and boom get this for 30-50$ under new and it is a STEAL!\ My 2010 i3 550 @ 3.8Ghz with a GTX 570 would lag[frame loss] in towns in MMO's or high action in BF3 [3dmark06=17500].
If you have a good MB and GPU's it works just fine for most EU's.
22 August 2013
Summary: I have used this processor for will over a yr maybe longer, paired with the right motherboard it's a very good processor. My setup is: EVGA P55 FTW 200 MB Intel i5 650 3.2 GHz Corsair H80i Cooler x2 EVGA GTX 550 Ti I overclocked it 4.0 GHz with NP at all. I have no problems playing the newness game out there - on mid - high setting. It is the first GEN. of the i cores.... it's 3 Gen behind now but still give a good amount of processing power.
Summary: I've been running this processor for about 3 years with an ASUS PRO P7P55D-E MotherBd. I'd recommend this one to anyone that's looking for a solid non-gamer Desktop build. I'm not a gamer but I use the Desktop several times daily.