I bought this for my first complete build in 5 years. I moved up from a q6600 which I had over clocked heavily @ 3.8Ghz. This Processor hits 4Ghz OC on stock volts no problem.
I currently have it cooled under a waterblock and at load its 60 c.
I paired the i7 950 with an Intel DX58SO mobo, Corsair h50 cooler, 8GB of Patriot Sector 5 DDR3 1600 RAM, Nvidia 240GT card, 750w PSU and we're good to go.
Specs and benchmarking are simply put: powerful. The only downfalls are that it's still relatively expensive and the newer i7's run on 40 less watts (95w instead of 135w). A six core AMD 1050T overclocked comes close to performance but with significant savings, lastly: mediocre stock fan and heatsink. Replace before overclocking.
With faster, intelligent, multi-core technology that applies processing power where it's needed most, new Intel® Core™ i7 processors deliver an incredible breakthrough in PC performance. They are the best desktop processors on the planet.
You'll multitask applications faster and unleash incredible digital media creation. And you'll experience maximum performance for everything you do, thanks to the combination of Intel® Turbo Boost technology and Intel® Hyper-Threading technology (Intel® HT technology), which maximizes performance to match your workload.