Summary: Got this processor on October 2012 for $290 (was cheaper last October/November compared to now). Does every task I give it with no problems. 4.2Ghz and 40 degrees C after 2 hours of gaming looks good to me (using Cooler Master hyper 212). c$290 when I got it a year ago.. it was the best choice. However, if you are only gaming and are tight on budget then you don't need anything more than a 3570k or equivalent.
Summary: This is a very fine processor. I bought it as I was building a computer for a consultant for my company but he has since left and it has passed to me. I'm using it right now to type this review. It has performed very well (this computer runs a lot of long and heavy computations for my work...not unusual for it to run on all 8 cores (well, 4 with hyperthreading) all night at 100%. Never had any issues with it.
Worked right out of the box (well, after installing)
Mike Itashiki "M", Amazon
12 November 2013
Summary: Works as expected, but I'm not doing benchmark tests. It worked right out of the box, replacing an i3 1155 socket. It's own heatsink fits; the old i3 heatsink did not fit the i7. It's usually compatibility problems with MOBO, socket, RAM, and heatsink that causes problems.
Summary: I put this in a new build (with Windows 8) designed specifically for Flight Simulator X. I upgraded from a Core 2 Quad Q9550. I set sliders to almost 100% with a frame rate of 40. Even with add-ons like Captain Sim and REX this smokes... it just doesn't sweat; especially with a Corsair H60 liquid cooling system. In addition I have dedicated a Velociraptor drive to FSX. It is Flight Sim like I have never seen before. If you don't have it - you need it!!!
Summary: Absolute powerhouse ... This is the heart of my computer I call the beast. It doesn't slow down for much of anything and it handles FSX with a few add ons quite well. I do however feel the stock fan is inadequate for what this processor is capable of doing. Stock it's fine, but it should come with a better fan. It's not much of a downer, not enough to give it less than 5 stars.
Summary: Its stable, very fast, easy to install and runs like a champ. Intel beats AMD for pure stability, may not be as fast but when gaming I would prefer stability anytime. Highly recommend this chip.