Summary: I had to refresh/upgrade my son's computer that died, a seven year old Pentium D on a LGA 755 Intel Motherboard. This Pentium G3220 is now mated to a ASUS H81M-K Motherboard that I found at Fry's on a super bargain. I used a pair of Patriot (Fry's) DDR3 1333 for 4GB. Although the MB states it can run DDR3 1600, the limits of the lower-end Haswell chips, like this Pentium G3220, is 1333, so I saved a few dollars getting 1333's instead.
Summary: I bought this for a facebook/netflix PC. It's extremely fast (boots Windows 7 in under 15 seconds even with an HDD), and powerful as well. It has no trouble streaming Netflix at 1080p on integrated graphics. Using it with 4gb Crucial ram, a cheap MSI motherboard, and a Corsair CX430 power supply. Couldn't be happier.
Summary: Definitely a fast processor for the price. When paired with a mid-level SSD, decent RAM, and a good mobo it made for a fast everyday computer. First socket LGA 1150 build I have done and I have to say it couldn't have been much easier. Sips power and stays pretty cool in a simple 120 mm intake and exhaust fans setup. I personally couldn't justify the jump in price to an i3 for what this system needed to do.
Summary: Installed this cpu with a MSI Z87 G43 Gaming motherboared and a MSI R9 290 and i'm playing wow at max settings. I can say though I'm definately upgrading to a i5 or something later (but really not needed for my gaming). Note: The specs say that it can run DDR 3 1600 and doesn't mention any higher clocks but I do have my G SKILL RIPJAWS running at 1866 without any problems.
Summary: tl;dr version: For budget minded PC gamers, get this CPU and save the money for a mid to high range graphics card. It's the graphics card that matter. i5-4670k is in my opinion total overkill. So I was planning on building a gaming PC. My original build was to include a core i5-4670k with a Z87 motherboard for overclocking. The build was approaching $1000, which I found to be way too much.
Well it beats my old Quad Core Phenom II X4 in 4 threaded games and apps.
Adobe Master, Amazon
16 May 2014
Summary: Thats how powerful it is, and as an added bonus it rapes the best 8 core AMD in single threaded games like Diablo 3 that actually requires massive CPU power but has limited multi threading support. It does stink compared to a 6 core AMD but what can you do this is half the price.
Summary: You can get core i3 performance and run cooler with this Intel Pentium processor for 1/2 the price. I have 3 of these on ASUS H81M-A motherboards and they work great. The CPU runs cooler than my older Core i3 (averaging 84-89 degrees). The best part for the budget minded is that you can get this processor and the ASUS motherboard for around $125 combined.