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Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3550 CPU (4 x 3.3GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

by Intel
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Product Type : Processor
  • Type / Form Factor : Intel Core i5 3550
  • Number of Cores : Quad-Core
  • Cache : 6 MB
  • Installed Size : 6 MB
  • 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  • Intel Clear Video HD Technology
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Intel HD Graphics
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Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3550 CPU (4 x 3.3GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0) + Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, ATX, Intel Z77 Express, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Support, Dual Intelligent Processors 3) + Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9 XMP Performance Desktop Memory Kit Black
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight200 g
Product Dimensions8.3 x 10.2 x 11.4 cm
Item model numberBX80637I53550
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Wattage77 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 39,745 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight454 g
Date First Available24 April 2012

Product Description

Product Description

A new PC can provide you with unique and expanded capabilities. And when it is powered by a visibly smart 3rd generation Intel Core processor, it can deliver amazing performance. Smart features give your PC the ability to adapt to your needs, as well as stunning visuals built-in for an enhanced experience that you can both see and feel. You can enjoy a wide selection of entertainment, create and share your great memories, and explore and connect to what interests you most. Rediscover what’s possible with a new computer. The only thing more amazing than our technology is what you’ll do with it.

The 3rd gen Intel Core processor family features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, delivering a burst of processor speed automatically when the workload demands additional performance and greater adaptability, and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, allowing each processor core to work on two tasks at the same time, improving multitasking and speeding up the workflow. So whether you use your PC to be creative, play games, or for everyday tasks such as homework, these processors offer the performance and features you want to get more done in less time.

The 3rd gen Intel Core processors feature built-in visuals, a suite of visual enhancements that provide everything you need to enjoy a smooth, seamless, stunning experience on your PC. Spend minutes rather than hours to edit, convert, and share your videos. Add a new dimension to your viewing experience with 3-D. Unlock a world of premium HD movies and content, viewing images and HD video the way they were meant to be seen—sharper, smoother, and richer. Play your favorite games with no extra hardware needed. The built-in visuals of the 3rd gen Intel Core processor eliminate the need for many of the functions provided by a discrete graphics card, reducing power consumption and system cost.

Unlocked 3rd gen Intel Core processors feature top-of-the-line speed and our best desktop visuals built in. With overclocking enabled, you get the flexibility to set your system specs just the way you like.

The 3rd gen Intel Core processors provide options for innovative system designs and enable more energy-efficient platforms that can meet ENERGY STAR 6 and other global environmental requirements.

Product Description

Core i5-3550 3,3Ghz LGA1155 6M B Cache Desktop Boxed CPU boxed Ivy Bridge

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely an improvement over Sandy Bridge. 22 May 2012
Received today along with a new mother board and 8gb of RAM, everything booted up first time without any issues.

Allows me to run SWTOR along with a GTX 460 1024mb at max settings and getting 45-60 fps in PVP (compared to 15-20 fps at low settings with my E8400 and same video card).

Stays nice and cool (Idles at 30*, at load it maxed out at 60*)

For the people who are complaining about it overheating on some forums...did you install the heatsink that came with it? And did you push the pins down after they were locked in?

You need to continue to push down firmly in order to ratchet the heatsink down to create a better connection with the CPU heatspreader. It will make that eerie cracking noise a few times...don't worry, your mother board isn't cracking, it's just the heatsink retention pins ratcheting down.

Well, it's definitely an improvement over Sandy Bridge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beast 23 Feb 2013
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Goes like a whippet round a racetrack. Looks like a bit of square metal. Tastes likewise...

The box is nice too, small with the blue and yellow and holograms... And it comes with a heatsink/fan already, which is why the Zalman CNPS5X I bought is still in its box.

Computer parts do a job. Reviewing them without going in to total geek mode is difficult. Just know, this is a fast processor and does everything you expect it to at speeds faster than I can comprehend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful processor 23 Oct 2012
By Kay
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Having always used laptops with only i3's, this is certainly a big step up for me. Its fast, it doesn't use very much power and gaming on it is just amazing.

From a gaming point of view, i have this paired with a MSI gtx 660, with 8gb ram. Games play flawlessly, Skyrim with all settings on max even with the high resolution texture pack plays smoothly. Minecraft hits the hundreds in terms of fps with everything maxed out. Batman Arkham city so far hasn't been the smoothest of games i played, there is the occasional stutter but you quickly get over it. If you were thinking of using the integrated gpu for slight gaming then you might be slightly disappointed, its not great but it gets the job done. If your not into gaming or or any sort of graphics (photoshop, after effects, sony vegas...) then it will just fine. It isn't as good as intel hd 3000 so try use this alongside a graphics card.

On the performance side, applications load very quickly, i recieve a windows index score of 7.5 for the processor. This cpu can't overclock very much as its locked. But if you are intending to overclock then go with the 3570k. The power consumption is lower compared to sandybridge, which when combined with a kepler gpu, results in power consumption being very low. I am using a 500w psu and i haven't had a single blue screen.

So if your intending to do some gaming, working and browsing, pair this with a graphics card and this should turn out very nicely for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Problem free 20 Dec 2012
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This is my first pc build and naturally I was a bit aprehensive of working with such an expensive and delicate piece of kit. No need to worry. Very easy to mount and works fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 25 May 2013
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This is a great CPU, I should have got the K version for overclocking, but I cannot fault this CPU. I have received a huge upgrade in FPS in all my games over my old AMD processor. I will now be buying Intel only from now on.

Runs Planetside 2 @ a solid 60FPS with a GTX460 on High settings.

All other games are easily ran and no issues with FPS or stuttering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice CPU 21 April 2013
By Solten
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This is an excellent and strong budget CPU for gaming machines. I use it in a mini-ITX system without issues.
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