Summary: The temperatures for my particular chip are slightly higher than I am comfortable with. After a mild over clock to 4.4 Ghz, temperatures were hitting 85 Celsius in Prime95. Temperatures in games are 70+ degrees. (Using Corsair h100i cooler)
Pros: Powerful CPU that is more than adequate for gaming.
Summary: Went from a Q6600 to this beast and it was night and day difference. The amount of processing power is just absolutely phenomenal. The 8 threads of execution just absolutely chew through everything you throw at them.
Pros: - OC'd to 4.5 GHz on a UD5H with a H100 cooler easily, - Very fast
Cons: - Very expensive, - Doesn't support some virtualization features that other processors do
Summary: Running this cpu with the stock fan and paste, runs cools under minimal load. I ran a torture test (prime95) on it to burn it in, and the cores ranged from 77-80 degrees Celsius while under 100% load for a little over 2 hours.
Summary: This processor is an excellent overclocker and performs without generating as much heat as previous generations did (I'm thinking about LGA 1156). The aditional threads provided by HT technology grants you better performance in CPU dependent games and synthetic benchmarks over quad core i5's.
Solid at 3.5GHz. Able to overclock to 4.5GHz+ with some tenderness.
17 May 2013
Summary: Great chip. If you're overclocking, you might look into 'de-lidding' it. There is an Integrated Heat Sink built onto it that has too much thermal paste and causes temps to rise more than the Sandy Bridge models.
Summary: If you're into higher-end gaming and performance systems, and you like to overclock your hardware, this is a great chip for that purpose. There are a few things to keep in mind: While the unit comes with a HSF and thermal paste pre-applied, if you want to overclock this CPU you are going to want to...
Summary: Great CPU with great overclokability with custom cooler. Hyperthread really make a difference when rendering with High-End software. I was going for an i5 3570K ok this one and I don't regret going with this i7.