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Hardcore multitaskers rejoice. The Intel Core i7 processor delivers maximum processing power in response to peak demands. You'll fly through everything you do on your PC - from playing intense 3D games to creating and editing digital video, music and photos. With Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, you get intelligent performance when you need it most.
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Stable overclock to 4.4GHz using UEFI Bios on motherboard in about 30 minutes (using Corasir H80) with idle temps of 25C and max load temps (Prime95) of 50C.
Amazingly quick render times and general use using intergrated graphics (Skyrim plays really well coupled with GTX 570 SC too!)
Massive price drops due to Ivy Bridge launch - buy it while you can!
I've been using this since 2012 and in my opinion there has been little reason to buy a newer process in a desktop computer since. The processor to this day offers brilliant performance, better than the current day i5s and not far behind what the newer i7s are doing. I think this is mostly because intel has focused more on laptop, power saving architecture but not on pure, raw processing power.
To add to this, I do not think the new broadwell processors are likely to offer much of a speed increase for desktop users, but there may well be some improvements with Skylake which will not be far behind with all the delays on broadwells release.
If you have a 1155 socket motherboard and want a quick upgrade, you couldn't do much better that this for the price.
Considering the price of this has been at a standstill since it's release, you can tell how well it holds it's value despite being a 4 year old processor. I personally run this chip on a Z68 board with 16GB RAM+GTX680, and the CPU overclocked to 4.8GHz with he help of a hydro-AIO. It's been like this since I first installed it all those years back. Zero issues with running (apart from me messing up the overclock by going too far, but that's user-error).
As for performance, it's a work horse. Primarily for gaming, it doesn't break a sweat (even with 2015 games). No slowdowns or issues, this CPU is gold if you can get a hold of one. Similarly, I've used it for level design in Unreal 3.0 SDK, ETQW SDK, Source Hammer SDK. Alongside productivity apps such as Sony Vegas 13.0 and Adobe Photoshop CS6, Handbrake (video conversion). Top performance on all merits, no cons.
Power (full system): Full load: 350w, Idle: 95w
Temps (YMMV): 35c Idle, 68c Full load
5/5 - Don't think i'll be upgrading this piece for another few years! Just wish motherboard technology
Technology in this CPU is perfected, they've had the sandy bridge architecture out for a while and know what's going to perform well. The performance of this thing is phenomenal! The highly four cores really do speed through anything you throw at it and the hyperthreading makes big tasks fast as well. Video rendering for example will only take a fraction of the time it would with processors just a few years old. This speed is also GREATLY boosted by the Virtu software that uses both on-board Intel graphics and an additional graphics card when transcoding.
It also overclocks very easily and well indeed, they had an old age woman overclocking it in one of their adverts just to show this. You can easily reach a 4.0GHz overclock up from the standard 3.4GHz with an air cooler and 4.5 at least with liquid cooling - all this just by changing one setting in the BIOS. The hyperthreading is an old technology reborn; it splits the current physical cores into two meaning they can both handle different threads of work given.
The chip runs very cool in my computer idling in the 30C region with a Zalman - CPU Heatsink + 135mm Fan Kit - PWM - CNPS9900 MAX - Blue LED cooler. The low-power design makes it more efficient to run when your computer is built that a older Intel or AMD based machine too. This translates to less money being spent on electricity to waste at heat energy.
Finally yes this is a good processor for gaming, however if you intend to only game the i5 2500k would be a better choice as the hyperthreading feature wont add any boost to framerate, the only exception being the poorly coded Grand Theft Auto 4. The i5 is quite a bit cheaper and still exceptionally fast clock speed.
Overall I can say I was very impressed by this chip after changing from an AMD 955BE processor, this definitely is a better crafted piece of tech. Intel really have shown how powerful computers of this day are becoming with this chip, 5 star rating and a big thumbs up.
To sum up if you're on a budget (or even without a budget!) and want a great Intel CPU that is WILLING to be overclocked then this is your best choice!
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