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Fast, reliable and worth being in your new build.
on 4 September 2013
I bought this i5 (the best i5 you can buy) for my first PC build about a week ago. Having been using an aging i5 2400, which turbo boosted to 3.4 GHz (the stock clock of this i5), I was ready for the upgrade.
Installing into the motherboard was simple, but the stock fan's power wire did need rerouting so it didn't get caught on the blades while spinning. For general use, temperatures remain around 30 degrees celcius, but under load, I haven't seen them get too far above 50 degrees. Windows reports this processor as a 7.9 on the Windows Experience Index (a .5 increase over my old processor) which I am plenty happy with. I was very impressed with Intel's Turbo Boost technology; even before I'd installed my operating system, my BIOS reported it working at 3.8 GHz. Compared to my friend's AMD Phenom Black edition which he can only stably overclock to 3.72 GHz, I was very happy indeed. Power usage is also way better, only using 84 watts compared to 95 watts on my old processor.
How much further could I overclock it? Simple answer is that I haven't needed to! No matter what I've thrown at it, be it video games, photo editing or multitasking, this processor (working with my other components) can definitely handle it. It's hard to assess solely the processor without downloading testing applications etc... honestly I'm not too fussed so long as it runs speedily in my system, which I can safely say it does.
I'd totally recommend this processor to anyone looking for a reliable and powerful processor to put into their new PC. If you have the money, then you could shell out for an i7 if you wanted, but I believe most systems would benefit more from an SSD than an i7.