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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)

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  • 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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Technical Details
BrandIntel
Item Weight200 g
Product Dimensions8.3 x 10.2 x 11.4 cm
Item model numberBX80637I53550
Seriesi5-3550
Processor Speed3.3 GHz
Processor SocketSocket H2 (LGA 1155)
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Maximum Memory Supported32768 MB
Graphics Card DescriptionIntel HD Graphics 2500
Wattage77 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB007RUZJCK
Best Sellers Rank 73,987 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight340 g
Date First Available24 April 2012
  
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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.

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CPU;Heatsink and Fan



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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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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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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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I've had this running a few days on my own PC build:

Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard, Corsair CML8GX3M2A1866C9R LP Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz CL9 DDR3 Memory Two Module Kit & Samsung 840 Pro SSD.

OS Windows 7 Ultimate.

No Overclocking/tweaking with system other than preset "High performance mode"

Using the stock supplied heatsinnk (2 case fans runnning, front & rear + PSU fan):

Idle = 34 celsius, Windows update = 42 celsius, Video conversion (VOB>DivX) = 54 celsius (Ambient 22 celsius).

At best I've only used 53% of cpu on Video conversion. Windows experience rating 7.6

This is everything a CPU should be, cool, expediant and of course it's Intel, I've never used anything else!
Thoroughly recommended.
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If you need a good solid CPU on a budget the Intel Core i5s are great value for gaming machines. Games are not currently CPU bound so you do not need much more, some i7s will show slightly higher on some benchmarks but in real world gaming you will notice little difference if you have a good graphics card.
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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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