Very pleased with the processor and the supplied cooling fan
sptu "Steve", Amazon
17 August 2014
Summary: Purchased this processor as the heart of a new desktop build to replace a very ancient 8-year old computer. After viewing some YouTube how-to clips, I found the chip and supplied fan were simple to install. I now have several months of regular usage. Since this processor cannot be overclocked, the fan keeps the temperature safely within limits (no need to buy a special cooler, unless you just want to impress your friends).
Summary: Nice fast processor. I debated for a long time between the Ivy and Haswell architectures, but ultimately decided to go with the newer release because (at time of purcahse), difference between the two in prices was a few dollars. I use my machine for a lot of parallel number crunching and have found it to be quite fast (as is to be expected).
Summary: This CPU is extremely fast for not being able to overclock. The stock cooler, as always, is not good at all for what Haswell requires in terms of controlling TDP (the heat generated by the CPU). You will have to invest in an aftermarket cooler, as Haswell is known to generate more heat than it's predecessor.
Summary: This is a super fast processor, but if you aren't planning on overclocking, get the i7-4771 for about $5 more. It's worth it because it comes 100MHz faster than the 4770. Although 100Mhz is a mere 3-4% increase in overall speed. This processor's overall speed is about equal to an overclocked i7-4770K because of the extra instruction sets.
Summary: This processor installed very easy. Powered up on first try. And runs incredibly fast and is very efficient. I mated this with a new 1150 motherboard (Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H) and a new power supply (Corsair Professional Series HX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold) tested with this chip. After the set time frame the whole system will hibernate and become silent. When I want to start using the computer. It wakes instantaneously and I am ready to go.
Summary: I am a gamer and built a gaming computer I went back and forth between this and an i5, but decided to shell out the extra cash and get this, I am not disappointed. Everything is so fast, and I haven't even overclocked it yet.