Date Joined: 02/06/17
Pros: I purchased the i5 7500 from NewEgg on 5/6 in the afternoon, and after a quick install am writing this review the next day. Had a G4560 that is a great CPU but was having some trouble running a few games without stutters and dropped frames, so I decided to put my Pentium up for sale and invest in an i5. Don't get me wrong -- the G4560 is without a doubt absolutely the best value CPU on the market today, but I noticed in CPU heavy titles like Dishonored 2, Deus Ex, and a few MMOs the dual core CPU was having some issues. The i5 7500's single core performance is just below a 4790k, and it turbos @ 3.6 ghz on all 4 cores making it's performance the same as a 6600. The 7600 turbos @ 3.9 ghz on 4 cores, but the $30 price difference equals into negligible difference between the 7500 in gaming scenarios. Investing in this CPU and an SSD has made a world of difference in silky smooth gaming performance.
Cons: The pre applied thermal paste can turn your fingers into greasy greyness if you are unaware. Also I've noticed a slight increase in noise from the CPU fan coming from the G4560....but not that big of a deal. Some people have also mentioned that the CPU fan's plastic pins seem flimsy but with 4 turns and a tug the heatsink removed pretty easily without damage.
Overall Review: Playing on consoles made me wish for nuclear winter.
Pros: -Didn't drop it on the floor like Raja Koduri did on Linus Tech Tips
-Am currently running a 1380 mhz core and 2,200 memory OC on this reference style card and still keeping temps in most games below 75c without the card sounding like a hair dryer on crack.
-With rebate card (which XFX has received and is in the process of returning atm) was able to purchase for under $200. Last year my dreams of 1080/60 gaming were held back by $340 gtx 970 price tag.
Cons: -Runs hot with Wattman's present fan profile (80c)... You can tweak the settings a bit and keep the card a bit cooler but when the fan runs at more than 2500 rpm it starts to become noticeable.
-Fan sounds like a jet turbine above 4,000 rpm.
Overall Review: I rate this card a 4.5 but decided to round up since I am able to maintain a good OC (+10% in synthetic benches) and am otherwise very happy with it.
Pros: After almost 15 years of not owning a gaming PC, I finally got fed up with console performance and decided to pull the trigger and purchase a budget PC. In choosing the CPU I decided to go with the G4560, because after some research it became obvious that for 1080/60fps gaming this is the perfect CPU. It performs around 5% slower than an i3 6100, which is almost twice as expensive. It runs cool with the stock cooler even when under heavy workload.
Cons: Not really a con per se, but make sure that if you pick one of these up you choose a motherboard that supports Kaby Lake out of the box, like the b250 Gigabyte one I purchased. The h110s need a BIOS update to support the 7th gen processors, and that requires a CPU installed to update. Also remember that the thermal compound comes pre applied to the cooler. Don't be like me and get your big green fingers all greasy.
Overall Review: -SuperMcMutant