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Intel Core i5-3550 Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I53550

by Intel

Price: CDN$ 281.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • Model: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-3550
  • Clock Speed: 3.3 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.7 GHz
  • DMI: 5 GT/s
  • Intel Smart Cache: 6 MB


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14.5 x 8.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: BX80637I53550
  • ASIN: B007SZ0EJW
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 17 2012
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,240 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
First Intel build and I am thrilled! May 9 2012
By Rugby Player - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I almost bought the i7 Ivy Bridge model instead. Glad I did not! This thing is more than I need even now. I have always supported AMD but with their FX chips falling below expectations I decided to make the switch to Intel and waited for the Ivy Bridge to be released.

My new rig is as follows:

Intel i5 3550 Processor@ 3.3GHZ
EVGA NVIDIA GTX 550Ti with 1GB RAM
8GB of DDR3 Corsair Vengeance RAM @ 1600MHZ
Western Digital 1TB HDD with 32MB Cache
Gigabyte Z77-D3H Motherboard (Highly recommended for this processor if you DON'T want to SLI/Crossfire)
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.

Even with a mid-level graphics card I can run Crysis 2 on Extreme setting WITH DX11 tessellation and the High Resolution texture pack. Skyrim is maxed out on everything including anti-aliasing and filtering. I can finally play Shogun 2 in all its glory.

I had my graphics card in my previous build which I had for about 5-6 years. That system was a AMD X2 @ 2.8GHZ with 4GB of DDR2 and running Vista Ultimate 32-bit.

That AMD system could run Skyrim almost maxed out but it struggled with games like Shogun 2 and could not pull off Crysis 2 or Dues Ex Human Revolution. My new system chews these out like nothing. The processor and RAM were obviously the biggest difference maker.

One more excellent point about this processor: Excellent power running at only 77W with new Ivy Bridge and my computer barely gives off heat! My room used to heat up with my old system. With this one I do not even notice an increase in temp....I'm running just the stock heat-sink and fan!

I would highly recommend this processor over the top of the line for dual core i3's and the i7's. This processor is the perfect "sweet-spot" for people who want the most bang for the buck. The i3's are definitely more than enough for most games, but it won't be too long before developers start coding for quad-core regularly. Also, the LGA1155 socket type will give a person room for an upgrade if they choose to switch to the Ivy Bridge i7 if need be.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Speed on a Budget Nov. 27 2012
By Bargain Finder - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I researched long and hard before choosing this processor. I was close to pulling to trigger on the 3570K (An extra 100mhz and overclocking abilities) but then realized that overclocking is so 1990s. These CPUs have so much power now that unless you are buying low-middle to low end, you are going to be A okay for years to come.

I've been a lifelong AMD user and was hesitant about paying the premium to switch to Intel, but it was worth it. Trust me, if you read the reviews and benchmarks, the extra money spent results in instant performance. AMD does really well with branding and upselling processors, but no matter how many fancy titles they give their products, they underperform compared to Intel's.

NOTE: running it on an ASROCK Z77 board and it works like a charm.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great CPU! Get it at a steal with the i5-3550P Dec 30 2012
By amarti - Published on Amazon.com
This CPU is great! Very quick and responsive. Almost never gets slowdown or anything of the sorts. If you want to get this CPU for 160$ get the version with the "P" at the end (3550P). BUYER BEWARE! Only get the "P" version if you plan on having a graphics card installed, because it does not have integrated graphics. Both CPU's have the same great performance. I would recommend this product to anyone who who wants a high performing CPU at a reasonable price. NOTE: If you were looking at one of Intel's i3's beware that these CPU's do not support PCIe 3.0, they are only PCIe 2.0 compatible. This is not a huge deal with the i3's because PCIe is forward and backward compatible but you wil not be able to get max speed using PCIe 2.0. Also your MOBO must support PCIe 3.0 to get PCIe 3.0 speeds, which most motherboards do. That was a huge reason why I got an Intel i5 vs an Intel i3 processor.

PS the stock cooling fan that comes with this product is okay for a stock fan. You can get an after market fan for 30 bucks that would out perform this fan.
Five Stars July 10 2014
By oscar silva - Published on Amazon.com
GREAT
Excellent gaming with back up integrated graphics. Sept. 15 2013
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I built using this and a discrete graphics card (7850). I played Diablo 3 with the integrated graphics for a few days before the video card came. I was impressed. It wasn't fantastic, but it ran and was playable. I did a lot of research before building my last PC and this CPU fit the bill.

I returned the first CPU because the included fan was making a bit of noise I didn't like. Amazon sent me a new one when I mentioned it. It came a couple days later and I swapped them out, returning the old one. All free. Amazing. The second CPU fan made nearly no noise as I expected it should be.

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