Summary: I run my video server/recorder on this and it is a wonderful gadget. I run it at standard specs and it runs cool and quiet with my attached Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus. I have never had a bad Intel cpu and this one is just one more in a long line if ever better cpu's. This is also the unlocked unit and is very overclock able. for those who want to enjoy more speed.
Summary: Got this for my build three years ago and it has been a work horse of a CPU. hard to believe that it still run's so strong after all this time. By todays standard she is outdated, but I cant complain a bit about the performance. It has been running at 4.0 GHZ with a Noctua cooler on my EVGA p-55 classified motherboard and three 570 GPU's. It was built for gaming and work running windows Office.
Summary: This was the beefiest processor for my socket type and motherboard. Moving from an i5 to an i7 isn't a huge boost, but it was significant enough that I noticed a speed improvement in application load time.
Overclocked I-7 875K Still a Winner Updated 10/27/2012
13 March 2012
Summary: I got this cpu in August last year and set it up in this manner I 7 875K ES WATERCOOLED with Antec H2O 620, dual fan, push pull setup Asus P5P55D E-LX 16GB CORSAIR XMS3 1600 ASUS GTX550TI 1GB and started playing with it, I was able to get it to 4.7 running stable, but the temps were @70c+ under stress, so I backed it down to 4.0 where it is currently running with temps maxed at around 50c under stress.