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.
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