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An upgrade I am happy with.
on 8 June 2012
This cpu comes with a cooler, the same cooler that came with my E8400 cpu in 2009, which was a surprise when I opened the box. The cooler is fine unless you want to overclock.
The i5 3570k is overclockable, and you can tell this from the k in its model number.
I got this, and was playing Skyrim full screen with windows task manager, permformance tab, showing on my second screen. None of the 4 cores seemed stressed out and the game was silky smooth. I then played skyrim with a hd movie playing on my second screen and skyrim didn't skip a beat. My E8400 couldn't handle that and it was overclocked by quite a bit.
I looked at getting an AMD FX 8 core cpu, but that costs about the same, is slower most of the time and the deciding factor was the AMD FX chips use far more electricity than the intel cpu's.
This cpu comes with built in hd4000 graphics, a built in graphics "card", It is not really upto gaming, but if you have to remove your graphics card for some reason, it is there as a back up. I intend to remove my graphics card and make a low profile home theatre pc when I upgrade this cpu, as the graphics should handle movies.
The hd4000 graphics also means you can use Lucid's Virtua MVP. That is a way of using the graphics on the cpu to help out with games or save energy, but I have not had much luck with it so far, and I do not regarde this as much of a selling point. Time will tell as Lucid sorts the software out for it.
If you buy this cpu and decide to overclock it, Intel has a tuning replacement plan. This means you pay 20 dollars and if you fry the cpu, they will send you a new one. Just don't bin the retail box like I did, you need to send the cpu back in it................
Hyperthreading isn't used in games, so if you just want to go on the internet, use Mircosoft Office and play games, there is no reason to get an i7. Hyperthreading isn't a part of this cpu and is part of the i7 lineup of cpu's, but for my needs the i5 3570k is the daddy cpu out at the moment. Coupled with 16gb ram and a Solid State Hard drive, is brutally quick. Happy days!
Update: Both of my GTX470's died, leaving me graphics card less apart from the hd4000 built into this cpu. I tried to play Witcher 2 in 1080p with settings to low and had a mighty 12 fps. So much for that! On the brighter side, Skyrim in 1080p set to low graphics and it was playable at around 28 fps in one of the towns, and overclocking the cpu to 4.2 Ghz raised the fps by around 3 fps. I can't wait for my new card, a AMD/ATI 7970 ghz Edition...
I have not really felt the urge to run the cpu overclocked for a while which is a reflection of how good it is.
I will not be upgrading to Haswell i5 4670k as it is just not worth it, a marginal increase in speed. If you are getting a new motherboard and cpu, get the Haswell but for me, I'll stick with my 3570k.