Pros: This is a very fast processor. I paired this with a Z97 motherboard. It's fantastic. Intel always has great processors over AMD in my own opinion. For what I need this for (non gaming), this will work great!
Pros: One of the premier CPU's on the market at the moment with an excellent price point. Runs very, very fast without overclocking, and very cool. I'd bought a watercooler for my latest build, and I'm slowly realizing that with the majority of games and CAD programs, I don't really need it. Fantastic for the gamer, just as good for the engineer in the family.
Cons: Very very slight slowdown on tri-screen monitors. Nothing to truly worry about.
Pros: I've been waiting to have a computer that was as fast as I work, and to work without loading times. This thing gives me that. Enough said. For gamers, handles everything AAA game I've thrown at it at 60 fps at 1920x1080 (BF4, CS:GO, Dota 2, Shadow of Mordor, Crysis 2).
Summary: When you see Intel you should be sold. Intel costs more, but provide not only superior performance, outstanding durability, and they rarely have issues, but when you do have an issue you don't feel dreadful because you know how amazing Intel provides their support and information. AMD can't compare when it comes to Intel. But if you're on a budget, you'll get budget performance, and you'll peek towards AMD.
Summary: This processor has got to be one of the best I have come across. With the built-in HD4600 graphics in the CPU, video plays like a dream. 3D programs run flawless, in fact I don't believe I have even pushed this to turbo!! I'm not a gamer person myself but my son uses one of these and he's on cloud 10. Haswell is king!!
Pros: All the bells and whistles you need for a high end gaming rig of September 2014. Not the K version but suffices for any gaming needs. Overclocking the K version may not be that useful due to rampant power consumption/temp. increase. Unlike the k version it has the hw virtualization feature I wanted.
Cons: I was thinking seriously to switch to AMD since Intel keeps the price on their processors so high. Be careful Intel the competition will fight back when you sell overpriced products.