( 4.9 Average / 29 Ratings )
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For gaming, the locked i7 is the SKU that most often goes ignored - those on a budget will often go for the i5 instead, and those buying overpowered hardware for the hell of it will find it all too easy to justify the upgrade to the unlocked SKU. However, I've found that an unlocked i5, a good cooler, and a good Z-series motherboard often costs pretty near the same as a locked i7 and a good H-series motherboard....so, it seemed like a little bit of a no brainer to get 200MHz less base, the same boost, and twice the threads for the same price.
It makes me a little butthurt to buy this almost directly prior to the Ryzen release, but I waited all the way through January and most of February and I got tired of waiting. Though it's far from a good value-for-money now, it's not suddenly rendered a bad CPU either, and it performs quite admirably in games and will undoubtedly serve me well for years to come, even with DX12 multi-threading over the horizon (which was a major reason why I bought it).
The reason I've docked a star (and I feel like I'm being generous not docking more) is the stock cooler. It's insanely noisy at load and very quick to rev up even when doing basic things like downloading Steam games, and yet even despite all the noise (plus extensive tweaking of fan profiles on my part) it can't manage to get the CPU much under 80C. No, it won't cause lasting damage to the CPU and no it's not technically not working, but especially with AMD's Wraith on the market I really feel like Intel needs to step it up here.
Really fast (coming from an old core2duo machine, but still!) - didn't want to overclock, so I went with this over the unlocked version to save $50 or so. It came with a heatsink, but it looks to be the same one included on almost all of their machines - I suppose it would get the job done, but I went with an aftermarket cooler (Cryorig H7) - paired this with a Z270 based board from Asus - everything went together great!
Until now, I'm really liking this CPU. My previous was a 3770K, Ivy Bridge. It's running at stock speed and I can see it's dependable. No complaints at all.
Lots of people on forums gave me flack for not going with a unlocked processor for overclocking. In my case I'm too much of a baby to overclock in the first place, this saved me like $100 if you include the fan. In all honesty this thing does what it needs to do, the fan works well and keeps the CPU from throttling, which is always a good thing. Overall it's 8 threads, 4 cores, and a whole lot of power on the cheap.
I don't plan to overclock which is what ultimately made me decide to get the non K version of this. I was originally going to get the 7700k for it's higher base clock, but decided the 7700 non k was more than enough for my uses. So far when using Lightroom and Photoshop I have noticed the performance increase compared to my old i5 ivy bridge, I had less issues with Cities Skylines too.
Wonderful processor. I choose this over the K version for the lower power requirements (i.e. 65w vs 95w). It is plenty powerful and can handle all I throw at it. I also wanted to be on the current architecture version that could provide hardware transcoding.
4 core with hyper-threading tech. Really fast processor.
Nothing much to say, powerful processor. Upgrade to K model if you are looking for overclocking capability, the price is definitely worth it, but I'm curious to see how the 7th gen i7 processors will hold up with the new Core X CPUs recently announced.
It's a solid processor. I'm a bit annoyed in a way that I haven't been able to use it to its full capacity yet. But perfect for emulation- not a single issue there. Good strong single core count. Many threads. If you need strong single cores, but also still need extra threads every now and then, the i7 is still valid.
There isn't direct competition between amd and Intel. You simply need to decide what you use your processor for and make a decision from there. For each part of what you use it for, there are clear winners.
So far so good. Haven't pushed it too much yet but coming from an old pentium dual core I'm blown away by the speed of this thing.