I've built a few pc's based around this processor it's a step up over the i3 performance wise, but avoids the price premium of the higher end i5 or i7. But you still have enough firepower to handle decent workloads such as photo/video work and makes for a solid gaming CPU too.
With 4 cores and 4 threads, normal clock speeds are 3.1GHz with 3.3 GHz max turbo, it is a step up over the older 2500 i5 processor, though it should be noted if you are planning on overclocking, the K series would be a better bet. 6MB of cache is also plenty enough.
Real world tasks such as photoshop and lightroom, as well as video editing are handled with no problems. You do get Intel's built in HD Graphics 4600, good enough for watching videos without taxing the CPU, as well as a bit of lighter to moderate gaming. More serious gamers will want a dedicated graphics card though. But if you are building a pc based on this and don't game it's very satisfactory for day to day use.
The built in graphics though are dependent on ram speed, so go for the DDR3-1600 type over the DDR3-1333 if you are using the IGP graphics. For a dedicated card it won't matter as it will have it's own higher speed ram.
A good all round processor at a reasonable price, and more than capable of dealing with more intensive tasks.
Excellent lower mid range CPU at a good price. Excellent for all desktop apps and when used for gaming when paired with a decent mid-range graphics card. Why pay a huge premium for a K processor or i7 when you can do 95% of what you want to do with one of these?
There might be refreshed options now so check the latest reviews if you are buying. The i5-4590 may be worth the extra £20 ... although I am not convinced.
Works fine with the motherboard and Ram memory I installed , plenty fast enough for what I need, nice and quiet, I took the panel off my R5 and it is still quiet with all fans stopped and just CPU fan running, have had Intel fans before that have got noisy over time, so I will see how this one goes. Nice and compact fan never seems to run hot even when under load and benchmarking doesn't' get above 50% of max temp when under load and sits at 35% on normal usage the fan never goes above half speed , but I do have four other fans for cooling also and two fans on the graphics running also so I have lots of airflow and the R5 has plenty of airflow also.
As I expected the processor was very easy to install and the fan supplied is extremely quiet. I teamed it with the H87 mother board and a corsair case and ssd drive, the result is a nearly silent pc. You can only hear it when the cd or normal hard drive spins up. The processor gives 7.4 on the windows experience index. A reasonably priced cpu at the centre of my gaming pc.
Great choice for a mid range gaming rig (pair with GTX660/760/960 or a R9 270), a good step up from the i3, but you pay for the extra cores. Can do some video rendering, but might be a bit less than ideal when compared to a Hyperthreaded i7 or Xeon E3, but considering the lower price it has a better value for money.
The stock cooler might not be adequate in most scenarios, some prime95 tests result in throttling to 3.0GHz.
Bought this for a new build PC, for light gaming and editing photo's in LR5 and PS. Although only had it a couple of days cant find nothing to fault, stock cooler runs quiet too. Anyone who is not interested in OC this is the one for you, sure there are other more expensive ones that run 200-300 MHz faster but difference is negligible unless you run many heavy programs at the same time. Grabbed it while it was £120 bit of a bargain although still on the expensive side though hence the 4 stars.
Bought for a rebuild of my old 32bit general purpose computer to a Windows 7 64bit OS. New motherboard installed with 8gb ram, plus new 500watt PS etc. Couldn't justify spending a lot of money buying an i7 processor for just a general usage computer. Installation of the processor, motherboard and components went without a hitch and everything works fine and speedy,
I was trying to piece together a gaming PC. Having looked at reviews and graphs of performance, it was illustrated to me that the jump in performance from the top-range i3 to this low-range i5 processor is considerable and worth the extra money for long term performance.
For gaming particularly, the jump from dual-core (in the i3 range) to Quad-core (in this processor) brings a substantial boost in performance. The extra cores are worth a lot to gaming performance. That is why, in budget gaming PCs, AMD processors are often favoured: most low range AMD processors, for the same price as i3 processors, compromise single-thread processing power for an extra two cores. This brings better performance for gaming. With this processor you get the best of both worlds, Intel quality and two extra cores.