Summary: I've had this since January 2011. It was initially benchmarked/burned in/tested for 36 hours without interruption or issue and as such, currently runs at the following speeds (which is what it was run on for benchmarking/burn in testing): 4.5Ghz with 16GB RAM overclocked to 1800Mhz for 36 hours.
Summary: About the 4ghz title, I built a friend a p4 540 with ht years ago and set it at 4ghz and never had any problem with it!It games & encodes movies just as it did years ago!It's the most stable system ever built, intel makes good stuff period
Pros: I'm sure this a product great, I only wish there was a lower priced quad core that was unlocked from intel. An i5 or i7 1156 socket!
Cons: none, I only wonder why the higher clocked i5's cost more than this for what I see this is better.
Summary: Because everyone else is doing it: CPU: This bad boy, the Intel Core i5-655K @3.2 GHz OC'ed to 4.5 GHz Motherboard: EVGA P55 SLI RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600
Pros: FAST: I have this baby overclocked to 4.5 GHz from the stock speed of 3.2 GHz, and let me tell you, I wonder how I ever used anything else before it. I honestly have nothing else to say that the other 128,736 have said before me
Cons: A bit tricky to get overclocked if you don't know exactly where to go or what to do. Check with your motherboard manufacturer, there is usually a forum with user input that will tell you where to go in the BIOS to get the true potential unlocked from this chip
Summary: Have now built over 23 systems with this configuration and all have been perfect. 1 x ($59.99) PSU COOLMAX|NW-650B 650W RT 1 x ($27.99) CPU COOL MASSCOOL 8WA743 RT 1 x ($109.99) MB ASUS P7H55-M PRO RT 1 x ($10.00) 68IN1 CARD RDR |SABRENT CRW-UINB RT 1 x ($49.99) CASE CM|RC-335-KKN1-GP BK RT 1 x...
Pros: Other than the price increasing lately this is a great processor. No troubles of any kind when paired with the right setup.
Summary: First time actually building a computer of my own. Was very surprised that I got it to work on the first try to be honest. The cpu runs cool enough, even with prime95 on, that I can only hear the fan from my computer case, which is actually very very quiet.
Pros: -Unlocked... what more can I say :D -Cool
Cons: No Fan! But it's okay I wasn't planning to use a stock cooler anyways.
Summary: Just built a mid-level Desktop for watching HD video and web browsing and didn't want to spend the bucks for a discrete video card, so I chose the i5 for the integrated GPU. Paired with 4GB of G.SKill RAM, 720p Youtube videos and 1080p trailers on Apple's site run flawlessly without a frame skip or...
Pros: Blazing fast rendering of pages, smooth playback of 1080p video without a separate video card.
Pros: Runs at 70F with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus at idle, 120F at 100% load. System drive is encrypted, but you can't even tell because of the AES-NI instructions...50MB write/100MB read/second on a RAID 1 mirroring setup. Amazing.
Summary: I upgraded from my AMD setup to an intel and bought this cpu with the Asus maximus II formula. I thought it was pretty sick that I was able to get this thing to 4.5 ghz with a V. core of about 1.38, when my Phenom II 955 black edition came stock at 3.2 Ghz and a stock voltage of 1.344.
Pros: awesome overclock. got it to 4.547 GHz while keeping the voltage under 1.4!
Cons: Wish there was N i7 unlocked CPU like this one.
Summary: It now holds me up for another week. I just stuck on an old heatsink and it's not mounted. It just sits there, but this thing runs so cool, it doesn't even get hot with a heatsink not fully attached! Awesome. I'm tempted to run it without a heatsink, just to see if it can be done! lol
Pros: Unlocked multiplier, super cool, integrated graphics, overclocks like mad.
Cons: No heatsink on a non-OEM processor. Knocked a star off for not advertising this fact much more clearly as ALL non-OEM processors have ALWAYS had heatsinks. Even if it came with a heatsink, I'd still complain on the lame Intel heatsink design. I hate those snap-on pins. Heatsinks should snap on! T...