Editors Liked

  • Excellent CPU performance for the price
  • Compatible with many previous-generation motherboards
  • Reduced power usage
  • Good performance for the price
  • Backward compatible with Sandy Bridge motherboards

Editors Didn't Like

  • Poor 3D performance
  • CPU processing has seen only a minor speed boost from previous-generation Core i5 chips
  • Multiplier not fully unlocked
  • Few major performance increases over previous-generation counterparts