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Very Good CPU for Workstation

review by jwak-1

The Intel i7 3770K is a fantastic processor, I wanted to build a workstation PC for 3D graphics, but I couldn't afford a proper Intel Xeon CPU, so I opted for this instead. I was a little apprehensive about using an i7 instead of a Xeon for professional level work, but so far I have been pleasantly surprised. Admittedly it isn't as fast as a Xeon, it was never going to be, but its not as far off as I had first thought.

I haven't tried overclocking this yet, but it idles at 1600mhz for most tasks, it only every changes when I start animating or modelling in 3D applications.

Ultimately, you can't go far wrong with this CPU, unless you work for Pixar and need the most powerful machine known to man, this will be more than good enough for anybody's needs, especially if you don't want to fork out for the i7 extreme or Xeon CPU's.

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Very fast, takes most tasks in its stride.Is known to run hotter than SandyBridge, feels odd paying so much for something so small, but then again it isn't the most expensive CPU going.

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Fast and Good

review by yobobjm

This is just a great processor. I picked one up the day it came out to throw in my new rig and it still hasn't let me down. It pumps out great gaming performance and destroys all lag using programs such as unity and photoshop. I can't really imagine needing a faster processor except for in a server. The only con I have is that it gets warmer than it's sandy bridge predecessor. That being said it is only a few degrees, and this also takes heat better.

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Fast, Great multitasking,heat

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Good Processor - a little pain to OC

review by totally dubbed

The Ivy Bridge technology in this processor is great, however I found that when OC'ing it was extremely sensitive, and by that I mean, with 0.01v added to Vcore, temps went up experientially (this was at 1.25v @ 4.2ghz)

Got the CPU stable running at @ 4.5ghz - but it took a long time getting there, not as simple (especially by monitoring temps) as my old processor to say the least.

Other than that a solid performance throughout.

I should note something:
When I got the processor, the fan it came with didn't work (the motor was broken) - not like it mattered much to me, but it is something to note, and really shows that for a ?250 product, QC should be on Intel's mind - as it didn't give me a good impression at first.

ProsCons
Fast, energy efficient Heat, voltage increases, lack of QC by intel

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Good and Fast

review by nicksabeast

-Currently running at 4.6GHz with a Corsair H80
-Was just playing BF3 about 5 minutes ago, and the processor is now idling at 31-32C(according to PC Meter)
-The hottest I've ever seen this processor run was about 68-74C and that was on accident playing a really intensive game with all of the fans turned down

ProsCons
-Runs very fast and stable at 4.6GHz-A little bit hot, but its typical of an Ivy Bridge processor

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Great Performance but HOT

review by junkerde

Great performing CPU. Ivy Bridge architecture runs way hot though, my chip can go 4.5ghz and above easy but the heat increases alot after each 100mhz after my 4.5ghz, not too mention how much voltage you need. Cooling on air with HYPER 212 Evo. Got this CPU for a steal, only paid $250. The base price is usually around $320-$330 so it is quite expensive. Upgraded from a 3570k for Hyper Threading in my applications that use more threads and I can see a difference already.

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Good Overclock Potential, Hyperthreading, Fast CPUHeat, Standard Pricing

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Great Performance but HOT

review by junkerde
well what are you gonna base it on? I've had both the 3570k and 3770k I can tel you if you are building a gaming rig, there is little to no difference (0% gain) in gaming performance, of course maybe except for the games that do multithreading (like bf3), but there are rarely games that take advantage of more than 4 cores. Keep in mind what games you are mainly going to play and research if they like multithreading. I switched to the 3770k mainly because I do video editing as work and can actually see a difference in performance, the applications I use love multithreading so the HT was well worth it. And I did see you found it for $250? LOL you might as well just get it, it'll NEVER get this low in a long time, only $30 more than the 3570k. I would just say go for the $3770k if it's that low, no brainer! Plus I found the 3770k was easier to overclock.
 

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Great Performance but HOT

review by junkerde
Yo chann3l it was a 1 time deal on Tiger Direct's black friday. It was $250 that day, I got really lucky. On the same day Amazon did it for $250 also but in a matter of seconds (literally, only seconds) they were sold out on Amazon. I was extremely lucky.
 

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Very fast processor that walks the walk

review by greenneon

I bought my i7 3770k for a mere ?160 from someone who abandoned their system build - he just wanted to make a quick sale...
Coming from an AMD system, this thing runs like a bat outta hell - it's doesn't slack.
Definitely worth the price if you can dig deep enough to buy it, awesome for hybrid rendering and 3D work.

When it comes to gaming however, this thing is in a whole new world of its own. It powers through the frames like no tomorrow, and granted that you have a good enough GPU, you will notice a big increase over the competition.

Be a man, buy an i7.

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V Fast, HyperThreading, Trumps AMD for gamingHot, not THAT cheap

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Silicon lottery

review by patrickcrowely

I highly recommend this processor for anyone. This is a great top of the line processor and has been amazing. The only people who should not get this is people who have unlimited money and that love to overclock a machine to the fullest extent just to show how high it could go. Unless you're that person you should get this processor. It has been reported there is heat problems with the new Ivy Bridges. I have not seen my processor go over 28C with not being overclocked. Those concerns were for overclocking this cpu and I have not overclocked it yet because I have not felt the need. It is performing way above what is needed to run any game out there on its highest setting flawlessly so i have not found the need to overclock it. Nothing has even come close to fully utilizing this CPU. It has the latest technolgy of any Intel chip & gives you true PCI-E 3.0. Will last for a long time

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Fast, Strong all the way through, latest technologyWill get hot

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Silicon lottery

review by patrickcrowely
This is the best desktop processor of 2012 and Q1 2013. The best game performer processor also the best single threaded performer processor. If you play games, encode videos, render your screen, Use programs like photoshop, autocad, 3DS max. This is the best for the price. In many cases it even beats 6 cores 3960x. To be honest i overclocked my cpu to see how far it can go with a noctua nh d14. I have reached 4.8 ghz with no heat problems. Ran benchmarks and max load temperature i have seen was 66C @4.8ghz. But i underclocked back to normal 3.5ghz with turbo boost on. You don`t need to overclock it thou. There is not much extra benefit of productivity for a heavy overclock. It only improves benchmark scores. You can also get AMD FX 8350 now. It is the best processor for its price in my opinion.
 

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It's still the best you can get on 2013

review by victini91

If you're the one with serious gaming needy, this is it. Intel Core i7-3770K is so far the best processor you can imagine. With the latest Ivy Bridge architecture, the processor is energy efficient. Even without overclock, you can play latest modern games like Crysis 3. You could expect less than 80% load even with intensive gaming.
With this quad-core beast in your rig, you could play future games for a long time.
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Very fast, Unlocked Multiplier, Hyper-ThreadedHeat, if you don't get a decent cooler

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