Still a solid CPU, but better upgrade options exist.
CT One, Amazon
24 December 2014
Summary: Bought this in late 2014 to replace my 2500k on my ASRock Z77 Extreme4. It's not the newest but it is still a beast. I got mine to 4.6ghz @ 1.228v running around 77 degrees with a Corsair H100i. Can I notice an improvement over my 2500k? Nope, not at all. Are my benchmarking numbers higher?
Summary: Upgraded a client from an i5 to an i7. The i5 was 3.4Ghz quad core and the i7 was 3.5Ghz quad core. Informed the customer they probably wouldn't notice much difference. The i5 was about $190 vs.
Pros: Good processor with great speed and quad core
Summary: Good solid CPU and uses low power, gets a little hotter than Sand Bridge CPUs, but as long as you have a decent aftermarket CPU cooler you'll be fine. Wouldn't recommend this processor to anyone that's coming from i5 or Sandy Bridge i7, but if you're looking for a new build or coming from an i3 or...
Pros: Great processor and the lower power consumption is a plus over my old Sandy Bridge i5. Games load fast and I haven't notice much heat as other people have said.
Cons: I can't really say it's worth the $329.99 as I haven't really noticed a huge performance difference between this and my old i5 2500K. The differences depend mostly on the game and/or program.
Pros: powerful computer chip in terms of raw power. My chip is a fairly decent overclocker, 4.8ghz capable within very reasonable temps (tc14pe). could possible reach 4.9/5.0 if i ever decide to delid.
Cons: intel's TIM almost porked the potential of this chip greatly. Thank gosh for delidding- if not it would have been a serious hamper on this chip's reputation.
Summary: I love intel and for me... Nothing does the job better. AMD to me is only good if I am short on money and I am upgrading from an intel dual core. I got the 3770k a little early because soon enough it dropped in price and the 4770k was out and it left me a little bit chagrin with myself, but nothing...
Pros: It really is insanely fast. I have thrown some of my most highest and mightiest of games WITH mods included. With the addition of a rather tall and large Arctic cooler, it has only hit 54 degrees centigrade which is immaculate as my last computer hit 80 or higher with the same game and mods.
Cons: Well.. This is where I got a little frustrated. The GPU wasn't working 100% right, and when I got to a very powerful part of my game, the whole system would freeze. No warnings or errors, just the whole thing would freeze forcing me to restart. The only reason I believe it was the GPU is because ...
Pros: Fast The same setup as the other processors in the Ivy Bridge family
Cons: The heat sink didn't quite snap in properly. one of the holding clips was bent slightly out further than it should have been, and didn't want to properly align. Had difficulty ensuring clean contact with the processor.