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Pros: - Refined Maxwell architecture
- Unlocked multiplier
- Runs cool and sips power
- Handles high bandwidth RAM
- Native SATA III support
Cons: - Not competitively priced when compared to AMD and price-to-performance ratio
- The included software offer for McAfee should have just been free since Intel owns McAfee
Other Thoughts: This is an upgrade to my i7 920 that was OC'd to 3.4Ghz. The performance improvements are for more noticeable than I anticipated. My old CPU was the bottleneck for my graphics card (Gigabyte 770 2GB).
For an example: I couldn't use SSAA in Metro:LL because it was so demanding. I thought it was my video card, but my new 4690K allows me to use 2xSSAA and it runs 45-60 FPS now O.O.
Pros: - Cheap ($130 after MIB at time of this post).
- Supports Devils Canyon
- 8 SATA ports
- Solid build quality
- Nice ROG LED effects built-in.
Cons: - Can't do 3-way SLI/XFire
- Doesn't have many fan headers
Other Thoughts: Bought this and a 4690K as a replacement for my i7 920 and Sabertooth x58. I have been nothing but impressed with this upgrade. This is a great deal if you are looking to upgrade.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Runs cool
- Idle speed is 800Mhz
- Unlocked multiplier
- Can handle the bandwidth of multiple video cards and 2k+Mhz RAM
Cons: - 1.5MB L3 Cache per core; 256KB L2 Cache per core (I feel like the cache has been ignored over the past decade of CPU innovation. C'mon, increase the cache and see what kind of speeds we can get.)
- Came with offer for software purchase; should have just bundled a download code since the software was owned by them.
Other Thoughts: I came from a first gen i7 920 OC'd @ 3.4 in a ASUS Sabertooth and paired it with a Gigabyte 770. I didn't worry too much about the quality of my gaming as I was still able to hit 45-60 FPS in the modern titles (Crysis 3, Metro: LL, Tomb Raider reboot, Diablo 3 [stresses a CPU more than you think]) on high/very high settings. However, I wanted to be prepared for The Witcher 3 in May, and other multiplayer games that need a better CPU.
I bought this i5 and placed it in the ASUS Maximus VI Hero with the same 770 from above. I can now run Tomb Raider on Ultra settings, with TressFX turned on, and I maintain a solid 60 FPS (before, it would dip to 30 or less in the very large areas that had a lot of action). I can turn Crysis 3 on Very High settings and use a bit of TXAA and still run a solid 60 FPS even in all the stupid CPU dependent grass :/. Diablo 3 never dips below 60 FPS in the large mob farm areas now.
I knew that my old CPU was a bottleneck, but I did not anticipate results as impressive as these. If you're on the first gen i7, or even first gen i5, and you are getting the upgrade itch (hell of an itch), I would recommend the i5 4690k. It consumes less power, idles lower, runs cooler, overclocks better, and makes your CPU cooler run quieter because it's so cool. Get this CPU if it is in your budget
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