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Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W BX80637i33220 Desktop Processor                                                                                   Intel HD Graphics 2500
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Runs cool/warm (not hot) on stock HSF
Low power draw/consumption
High core speed really powers through software/games

Cons: There is nothing I can say negative about this chip since I never used the integrated graphics and never plan to.

Other Thoughts: I put this together as a spare machine for browsing/video work/slight gaming and paired it with an old 8800GT I had laying around. WOW! This cpu is just as fast as my i7 920 overclocked at times. It handles super demanding cpu games and keeps that 8800gt maxed at 100% usage.

Even though the 8800gt is old, to have a cpu bottleneck my gpu, this little 55w (using around 25-30w without integrated graphics) is really doing some work!

Max graphics in most games. Decent FPS. For a budget gamer, I'd definitely suggest this chip. Video editting, even every day use. Runs super cool on everything except 100% for a couple hours it gets 60-70c on stock HSF which is still very within specs and decent for a room without A/C.

Probably one of the best bang for the buck chips around.

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Runs cool when you set your own fan profile.
Looks nice.

Cons: Fan profile is set to allow high heat in order to remain low noise.
Fans rattle and make noise from day one.
Fan died in mine after 2 years and rarely used.

Other Thoughts: I have 3 computers, and I rarely use one over the other. There is no reason why my 560 fan already died, and my 600 fan is making rattles/noise after 1 year.

MSI puts some junk fans in these cards. They wont last 3 years. Enjoy the RMA like I'm going through. 5-15 days in house time, not counting shipping time.

Next time I'll just buy another brand whos products arent built cheap.

MSI N660 TF 2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: was less expensive than the GTX 660ti
Runs VERY cool.
Fans blades are recent design that move great amount of air

Cons: Does not have dust off technology where the fans spin reverse at startup which the other 660 models do have.
The fan profile lets the card run warm instead of making more fan noise. This way MSI can say its "more quiet"
The fans are complete cheap junk and already rattle.

Other Thoughts: This is my second MSI card in 2 years, and my last. My 560 fan has died, and my 660 fans are already making tons of noise. Rattles on and off. I rarely use these computers and the graphics cards are the only issues. Makes it a real pain when everything is reliable other than MSI.


David D.'s Profile

Display Name: David D.

Date Joined: 10/22/03

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/20/11
  • Last Review: 07/31/13
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