This CPU is capable of 5.0GHz with moderate tweaking, but will reach 4.5GHz effortlessly on most P67 or Z68 motherboards. Even at stock settings, it will rip through any game at any setting. This is, along with the i7-2600k, tied for the best gaming CPU around. The only reason to get the hyperthreaded i7 over this i5 is for multimedia editing or 3D rendering. Otherwise, the two CPUs are virtually identical, apart from the minor 100MHz speed difference. The cooler that the CPU comes with is adequate for stock operation, but for overclocking, you will need after-market cooling. This CPU is a great value, and is probably the current performance per dollar king.
I have this processor in one of my secondary machines. Overclocks just as good as a 2600k and since most games and software don't use more than 4 threads it handles just as good as well. Of course there are some things it won't do as good as a 2600 like the apps that use more than 4 threads but currently not many are out there.
It does what it is supposed to do. I am greatly increased performance from the one I was using before (E8400). I can run programs much faster, this one runs cooler, and it was at an affordable price. Installation was easier than I expected when I build my first computer.
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Quad-core processor delivers four-way multicore processing via parallelism resulting in more efficient use of processor resources—higher processing throughput—and improved performance on the multi-threaded software of today and tomorrow
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology is an advanced means of enabling very high performance while also delivery power-conservation.
6 MB Intel Smart Cache is dynamically shared to each processor core, based on workload
All Core i5 processors have Intel Turbo Boost Technology