Summary: This is a week old but so far it's worked nicely. It's a tough little SOB because when lowering the enclosure after gingerly placing it into the mobo, the housing fell on it in a way that it wasn't supposed to (the little lever on the side isn't exactly fool proof, I learned...) but after running Prime95 overnight (which, for my purposes, is plenty of time, though some people recommend 24 hours) it has held up nicely, no errors or anything.
Summary: Very powerful processor at a great price! I bought this product in part because I was afraid it would soon become unavailable due to the emergence of the new Haswell processors. I bought it shortly it went up in price from $274.99 to about $285. Shortly after I bought it, it went back down in price again to $274.99 (probably to match Newegg's promotion during that time period). I will try to see if I can get a refund in the price difference.
Summary: This 3770 Ivy bridge processor is a dual threaded quad core, and therefore windows recognises it as a 8-core. This certain 3770 is not overclockable but if you allow boost clock in the BIOS it will boost from the listed 3.4Ghz to 3.9Ghz. If you intend to overclock you will need a 3770K and you may also void any warranty you receive with the product.
Summary: When running software such as photoshop and photomatix, the cpu temps were 60 C and spiked to over 80 C with stock cooler and no overclocking. The temps on all cores even spiked to 95 C while merging a 9 exp HDR image in photomatix. I know this is still below the max rating but 90+ is beyond my comfort zone. After installing CM 212 plus, temps are back down to 25 C and spike to 50-55 C.
Pros: Blazing fast CPU from both a gaming and photo editing perspective. Debated between this and the 3770K model, but since I will not overclock, decided to save the money and go for the 3770.
Cons: The stock heatsink and fan included are absolutely horrible. Other reviews mention this but it is worse than my worst expectations. I had to knock an egg off for that. See comments.
Summary: Unless you plan on overclocking this is a great processor to get great performance while saving a few bucks. Make sure you have a well vented case or an aftermarket cooler as the processor runs very hot.
Summary: The CPU itself is great. The wires on the stock CPU fan are a bit tight. Initially, I thought this was the loudest fan I'd ever heard. Seeing my distress, my nephew pointed out that the fan blades were catching the wires. After some adjustments, made difficult by the tight wires, the fan was more than acceptable. Note to Intel, better placement of the wires, or a little more slack for adjustment, would make life much more pleasant.