Skip to: | | - A great place to buy computers, computer parts, electronics, software, accessories, and DVDs online. With great prices, fast shipping, and top-rated customer service - once you know, you Newegg.

If you are reading this message, Please click this link to reload this page.(Do not use your browser's "Refresh" button). Please email us if you're running the latest version of your browser and you still see this message. - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, HDTVs, Digital Cameras and More!

PremierTry Message.
Home > 
Components > 
CPUs / Processors > 
Processors - Desktops > 
Intel > 
Item#: N82E16819115227

Intel Core i5-680 Clarkdale Dual-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1156 BX80616I5680 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

Sold and Shipped by Newegg

  • 32nm Clarkdale
  • 4MB L3 Cache
  • Intel HD Graphics

ICON Loading...
  • Overview
  • Specifications
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

Upgrade your system with the Core i5-680 and own the processor that speeds up when you do. These new i5 CPUs integrate Intel HD Graphics with "Intel Clear Video Technology", which combines video processing hardware and software technologies for a wide range of digital displays. It delivers enhanced video playback, sharper images, and precise color control for a premium visual experience. Core i5 processors also allow you to multitask faster and unleash powerful media creation tools.

Best of all, the 4MB of Intel Smart Cache gives you blazing speeds you never realized were possible. Take advantage of Intel Turbo Boost technology which dynamically accelerates CPU performance to match your workload. The Integrated Memory Controller optimizes data bandwidth with two channels.

Smart Cache provides a higher-performance, more efficient cache subsystem while the Core microarchitecture accelerates overall system performance across your applications through energy efficiency. Add the Intel Core i5-680 to your system and you’ll never look back. Experience the convenience, versatility and raw power of Intel Core i5 processors today!

  • newegg Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics Technology provides a visually stunning experience optimized for HD video without the need to add an external and costly graphics card.
  • newegg Intel Smart Cache Intel Smart Cache Technology dynamically allocates the shared cache to each processor core based on workload. This efficient, multi-core-optimized implementation increases the probability that each core can access data from faster, more efficient cache subsystem resulting in significantly reduced latency for frequently used data and improved performance.
  • newegg Intel Turbo Boost Technology Intel Turbo Boost technology automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits, maximizing speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload-more performance when you need it the most.
  • newegg Greater Performance with Hyper-Threading Technology Intel Hyper-Threading Technology delivers thread-level parallelism on each processor resulting in more efficient use of processor resources—higher processing throughput—and improved performance on the multi-threaded software of today and tomorrow.
  • newegg Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) EIST allows the system to dynamically adjust processor voltage and core frequency to decrease average power consumption and average heat production, which means of enabling very high performance while also meeting the power-conservation needs.

Learn more about Core i5-680

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
  • Read full details

Customer Reviews of Core i5-680

Do you own this product? Write a Review

ICON Loading...

Filter Results

  • Paul V.
  • 3/1/2011 8:00:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFastest CPU in the House

Pros: Fastest CPU in the house. Outruns my i7 system for single threaded programs. Stock cooler is amazingly quiet. Keeps core temps between 44 and 53 degrees C for 20+ minute renders. Secure packaging good documentation.

Cons: Expensive. I needed a system now and the i5 650 chips are sold out all over. Thanks for having them in stock NewEGG!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Brian H.
  • 10/29/2010 9:10:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper fast and efficient

Pros: Amazingly fast...and I had an E8600 which was no went from 72W idle to 46W! WOW!

Cons: None, except I wish it was cheaper...

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for, I think this is the fastest real-world( word, internet browsing, music, photo) processor you can buy, even more so than quad and six-core $1000 processors.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Martin P.
  • 10/14/2010 3:39:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice CPU

Pros: Easy install, used a MSI P55-GD85 mother board. Installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. First Intel chip I've used in building machines. 40 total. Fan though flimsy and small keeps it running cool (32 C) Overclocked to 4GHZ with onboard hardware & Software.

Cons: A little pricey....

Other Thoughts: Would definitely buy again especially to build a SATA 6 system.... Very happy with the $1300 purchase cost of parts for new build from NewEgg for sure. saved about $100+ over other dealers. NewEgg is the greatest....

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Sergiy B.
  • 8/27/2010 9:04:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsfast and cool

Pros: Impressive performance per core; Runs very cool; Great choice for a quiet and compact PC that doesn't sacrifice the performance.

Cons: Not so good value compared to Core i5 7-series chips. Also, 655K might be a better alternative if you don't mind overclocking.

Other Thoughts: If you know exactly WHY you need this processor then get it, you will not be disappointed. If you don't... Well, then do not bother. Core i5 760 offers much better value and will probably smoke the 680 out of the water in most modern applications that utilize multithreading efficiently. It would be nice if Intel was't so greedy with this chip. I removed one egg because of unreasonably high price.

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Stephen H.
  • 8/18/2010 10:03:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: A fast processor---the fastest speed of individual cores.

Cons: You pay for the speed---if you don't need it, then it's a better value to buy a slower core i5.

0 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Anonymous
  • 7/22/2010 10:04:30 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsSorry but this is overpriced regardless

Pros: Fast.

Cons: Way too expensive for what you get. This CPU cannot hang with a much cheaper AMD x6 when it comes to rendering/encoding/cinibenching etc.. 310.00$ for a dual core CPU, no thanks I can OC the CPU myself and save me the cash.

Other Thoughts: LGA 1156 is on its way out by Q4 2011 and Intel still overcharges...

11 out of 30 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Bruce G.
  • 6/26/2010 8:55:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsQuick little Dickens

Pros: Fast as all-get-out. OCe'd to 4.4GHz on air in less than 5 minutes. Still had headroom

Cons: Price,

Other Thoughts: Spent too much for a 2-core

But that's the way it goes, first your money and then your clothes.

2 out of 7 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Arthur R.
  • 6/7/2010 1:57:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: I paired this processor with a gigabyte H55M-UD2H motherboard to build a transportable SFF computer to drive a very inefficient compiler for a robotics competition. Compilation time dropped from 3+ minutes on my laptop to 45 seconds. I doubt a quad-core processor would have done nearly as well in this application, but don't know for sure.

Also, there was a strict power budget for SFF system, and comparable quad core processors pull a lot more watts.

My chip overclocked to 4.3 ghz straight outta the box using gigabyte's easytune utility. I haven't tried to find out the actual upper limit.

Cons: Stock Intel fan/cooler combo is flimsy and easy to damage. the arrows on the pillars indicate the direction to twist when you unlock, not when you lock. I intuited the reverse, and bent some plastic. Eventually I figured this out by reading the manual. Duh.

Other Thoughts: gigabyte manual says that a 12V 4-pin 12V power connector is only required for core i7 processors. Actually, thats not true: the core i5-680/H55M combo wouldn't POST until the 4-pin power connector was plugged in. The symptom was that the fans would start up for a second or two, then stop, then wait 5 seconds, then restart, forever. Plug in the 'unneeded' power connector and the problem disappeared.

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

4 out of 5 eggsA specialized product - Know WHY you are buying it

Pros: This is the fastest Dual Core CPU in existence (other than maybe a Power6 server chip)
Bragging rights with a 3.6 ghz clock speed
Power consumption is very low
Turbo Boost up to 3.86 ghz
32 nanometer process over-clocks quite well
Integrated graphics are decent for, well, integrated graphics.
AES encryption is hugely (ie 10 fold) faster due to new SSE extensions, so if you use bitlocker or other hard drive encryption, there is a massive speedup
~~perhaps~~ an upgrade path to "sandybridge" next year (NOT confirmed)
On single or lightly threaded apps, as fast as anything out there

Cons: More expensive than a lot of very good quad and 6 core parts

H55 and H57 motherboards are just about always limited to 16 total pci lanes, so multiple video cards will suffer. (But a serious gamer would never pick this chip anyway.. so it's kinda a moot point)
$300+ bucks for a dual core

Other Thoughts: An i7-930 is about the same price
An i7-860 is about the same price
The top of the line 6 core AMD part is about the same price.

All of the above chips will DESTROY and i5-680 in just about any multi-threaded benchmark or game.

If you want a very fast system for basic office tasks and web surfing and you need AES encryption this is a great chip (though an I5-661 at 2/3rd the price looks better to my eyes from a value point of view)

I have this one in a tiny ITX box, works great, very fast.

2 x Intel X25 80 gig SSDs (RAID0) (No "trim" in RAID)
Intel H57 ITX Board
2 x 4 gigs DDR 1333 (Gskill)
Lite-On slim DVD Burner

System works great - exceptionally quick and responsive, but I paid a lot extra to get a very physically small system. Any of the $300 quad/hexa cores would blow it away on games if you have space for a standard sized product

15 out of 17 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

ICON Loading...
Selected Items
Are you an E-Blast Insider? Subscribe Newegg e-Blast
Shop without retyping payment details. Secure shopping made faster.
Check out with PayPal.
Home > 
Components > 
CPUs / Processors > 
Processors - Desktops > 
Intel > 
Item#: N82E16819115227
If the Adobe Reader does not appear when you click on a link for a PDF file, you can download Adobe Reader from the Adobe web site.