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Overall Review: Easy installation and rock solid stability offered from Intel in this 11th gen CPU. For a user that is not going to overclock and wants a fast CPU for everyday tasks as well as gaming , as long as paired with a decent B560 motherboard -- then this is the ticket. For my purposes this is a nifty processor that doesn't break the bank. Highly recommend.
Pros: - Pulls double it's TDP with PL unlocked
- Very 'smooth' in games, IE: high single core performance matched with fast memory = yay
Cons: - Could be cheaper
- Need an aftermarket cooler to really use this to its full potential, adding cost to a budget chip
Overall Review: I'm running this in an NZXT H1 with the stock 140MM AIO. Even with that it will jump to mid 60's doing a quick stress test as with PL removed this thing is pulling 125 to almost 150 watts (not complaining as this means it runs at it's max clock indefinitely).
Do your research. If you're only running a 3060 to 3070ti, this will NOT bottleneck your gaming experience, especially if you're running 1440P. If you can get a good sale price on a higher tier chip, fine, otherwise this is great if you're mostly gaming and not doing productivity that heavily relies on CPU.
Pros: Chip is great, Overkill for my application.
Cons: Stock Intel coolers are trash. They never seat properly with the push pin design.
Stock cooler runs at 49-60c Idle and its firmly placed on my Cpu. But is it? Its fairly evident
when i remove the stock cooler that the thermal paste presses over to one side.
Why does Intel make a high tech CPU and pair it with a Stone Age Cooler from the Flintstones ?
Overall Review: 5 stars regardless
Pros: Price per performance is a win on this one.
Cons: Paired nice with a B560M motherboard.
Overall Review: Great upgrade, fun building a new PC from scratch.
Pros: great to pair with PCIE-4 NVME motherboard and Corsair MP600
Cons: have not found any issue
Overall Review: a lot faster compare to my old quad core CPU
Overall Review: Seller was wonderful. Very prompt shipping
Pros: In the title
Overall Review: I'd buy products from them again
Pros: - 11th gen allows overclocking RAM (FINALLY, thank you Intel)
- If you fiddle with your motherboard settings to ignore power limits, you can get significantly more performance. (A downside of this could be that you'll make SIGNIFICANTLY more heat and blow way, way past the 65w TDP)
- Neat that the included Intel stock fan has a copper slug back in it instead of being all aluminum, I didn't use it yet but hopefully this would help with cooling for those who do decide to utilize this.
- Integrated graphics.. The UHD 730 is cool, but wish (especially in this age of serious GPU shortages and the competition's APU offerings) that Intel took integrated graphics a bit more seriously in their desktops. If this thing had Iris Xe graphics in it they couldn't POSSIBLY manufacture enough of these to keep up with demand if the price was decent.
Cons: - None really. I can see a mildly experienced user being a bit confused if they ignore power limits and wonder why in the world their chip is running so hot.
- Not unlocked... maybe someday Intel will fully unlock their whole lineup.
Overall Review: By default, this chip says it's a 65w TDP but again, if your motherboard is ignoring the power limits and letting it run at it's full potential you're using more like 150w, potentially indefinitely. Cool to get the additional "free" performance but you better be prepared to pay the price with heat. My Cryorig C7 Cu (All copper) heatsink with a Noctua NF-A9 fan on it can't handle this when using Handbrake for extended sessions and throttles eventually (yes, I took heatsink off and replaced it again just to be triple sure there wasn't some installation issue). So... just keep that in mind.