Excerpt: Decided to switch to a 3770k from a 2500k when I found a deal for $220 from a fellow OCN member. It is a delidled chip and I personally sanded (or polished) the aluminum plate on top of the cpu die and also the side that has contact with the CPU die itself with a 1500 grit sand paper. Temps with an EVO cooler has been excellent.
Excerpt: If you're the one with serious gaming needy, this is it. Intel Core i7-3770K is so far the best processor you can imagine. With the latest Ivy Bridge architecture, the processor is energy efficient. Even without overclock, you can play latest modern games like Crysis 3. You could expect less than 80% load even with intensive gaming.
Excerpt: I highly recommend this processor for anyone. This is a great top of the line processor and has been amazing. The only people who should not get this is people who have unlimited money and that love to overclock a machine to the fullest extent just to show how high it could go. Unless you're that person you should get this processor. It has been reported there is heat problems with the new Ivy Bridges. I have not seen my processor go over 28C with not being overclocked.
Excerpt: Great performing CPU. Ivy Bridge architecture runs way hot though, my chip can go 4.5ghz and above easy but the heat increases alot after each 100mhz after my 4.5ghz, not too mention how much voltage you need. Cooling on air with HYPER 212 Evo. Got this CPU for a steal, only paid $250. The base price is usually around $320-$330 so it is quite expensive. Upgraded from a 3570k for Hyper Threading in my applications that use more threads and I can see a difference already.
Excerpt: The Ivy Bridge technology in this processor is great, however I found that when OC'ing it was extremely sensitive, and by that I mean, with 0.01v added to Vcore, temps went up experientially (this was at 1.25v @ 4.2ghz)
Summary: What a waste! Once again Intel has bared their hindend to the world and expected adoration in return. This barely adequate 4 core processer is less than half of the current state of the art AMD 8 core processer which currently holds the world record for processing power. And yet the Intel wanna'be is priced at almost 300 percent of the certified champion!
Excerpt: This is just a great processor. I picked one up the day it came out to throw in my new rig and it still hasn't let me down. It pumps out great gaming performance and destroys all lag using programs such as unity and photoshop. I can't really imagine needing a faster processor except for in a server. The only con I have is that it gets warmer than it's sandy bridge predecessor. That being said it is only a few degrees, and this also takes heat better.