- 32 nm Sandy Bridge
- 6MB L3 Cache
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
This CPU eats my old Q9400 for breakfast 07/24/2012
This processor is lightning fast at stock clocks. To give you an idea, I've had ventrilo, mumble, mozilla with about 5-6 windows open, and a game running without this CPU even breaking a sweat. In the most graphics intensive games like Crysis 2 and Metro 2033, this CPu stands out because it will give you that extra 10-15 fps you're missing when running an i3 or E8400. I've had absolutely no issues during the 10 months that I've run this CPU. It runs cool and has a lower TDP (95) than the equivalent Bulldozer competitors. Overall, you can't beat the value of this processor if you can snag it for around $200.
It does not have not hyper threading. Also, it can run a little hot with the stock cooler (50's Celsius), but it's nothing a xigmatek rifle cooler-such as the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283-can't handle. My Gaia SD 1283 brings temps down to low 30's for non-gaming and low 40's for intense gaming.
Corsair 400R Carbide series Mid Tower Case
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3
GSkill Ripjaw 4GB X 2
Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC 1000 Mhz
Seagate Constellation 500GB HD
I'm currently in the process of upgrading to the ivybridge i5, an MSI motherboard, and eventually the GTX 660 TI.
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