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Reviews of Intel Core i5 661 3.33GHz Socket 1156

Testseek.com have collected 116 expert reviews of the Intel Core i5 661 3.33GHz Socket 1156 and the average rating is 79%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Intel Core i5 661 3.33GHz Socket 1156.
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January 2010
 
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The editors liked

  • Dual Core Performance with HyperThreading
  • Turbo Boost Technology
  • Optimized for Windows 7
  • HD Graphics and CPU all in One
  • Multiple Display Capable
  • Great Overclockability for a “media chip”
  • Price Point
  • Lower Wattage and Temps than the Bloomfeild
  • Stock Heatsink Temps
  • All in One Solution
  • HD Playback
  • Impressive Scores
  • New Innovation is Always a Pro
  • Availability
  • Excellent Performance for the Dollar
  • Very Affordable
  • Lower Thermal Output
  • Turbo Technology
  • Cheaper Dual Channel Memory Support
  • Excellent Overclocking Potential (Stay Tuned)
  • Good Performance
  • Low Power Consumption
  • 32nm CPU Core
  • On-Chip DX10 Graphics
  • Solid Multimedia Capabilities
  • First Intel 32nm CPU
  • Really low power
  • Decent performance
  • 32 nm CPU
  • Plenty of computation power
  • GPU integrated in the CPU
  • 45 nm GPU
  • HDMI Audio bitstreaming supported
  • Full acceleration for Blu-Ray decode
  • Compact
  • Allows even smaller systems to be built
  • Good performance
  • Turbo Boost technology
  • HyperThreading technology
  • Integrated GPU provides excellent Windows Aero and HD content performance
  • 32nm process gives great overclocking headroom
  • Low power draw (when not overclocked)
  • Excellent speed for a dual-core CPU
  • Decent integrated graphics built-in
  • Inexpensive
  • Overclocks well
  • Intel HD Gfx integrated
  • Great Dual Core Performance
  • Seamless Blu-Ray Playback
  • Mainstream Price
  • On-die graphics are here
  • Eliminating the need for a separate video card or motherboard integrated graphics
  • Perfect for HTPC or non-gaming rig
  • Excellent overclocker

The editors didn't like

  • None
  • Slight OC Speckling
  • Nvidia not Allowed to Come Play (for now)
  • Socket 1156 Motherboard Upgrade Needed
  • Different CPU cooler Needed (in most cases)
  • Questionable Pricing
  • IGP Still Not Great For 3D Gaming
  • Confusing Naming Scheme
  • Integrated GPU seems to affect overclocking initially
  • As expected
  • Extremely limited GPU performance
  • Lots of rendering issues in games due to drivers
  • No support for Anti Aliasing
  • No noteworthy reduction in power consumption
  • No dual-link DVI output
  • High price
  • No support for DirectX 10.1
  • 11
  • No support for CUDA
  • Phy
  • Overpriced for the level of performance provided
  • Integrated GPU inadequate for even lowend gaming
  • Requires new motherboard to use integrated GPU
  • Very high power draw when overclocked
  • IGPU requires 32M128M of memory for a frame buffer
  • Relationship bet...
  • Requires newest motherboard chipset for graphics support
  • Confusing model designation
  • Not suitable for more than light Video Editing
  • None as long as the processor isn't used for 3D gaming

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  Published: 2012-12-23, review by: tomshardware.com

  • Abstract:  Benchmarking 86 CPUs takes a while. After long last, though, we have 51 models from AMD and 35 from Intel tested in our current suite. If you want to know how your processor sizes up to its competition, you'll find plenty of comparison data inside! 86 C...

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  Published: 2011-07-26, review by: tomshardware.com

  • Abstract:  The CPU landscape is really complex. Both AMD and Intel offer tons of different models. But how would today’s processors perform if they didn't ......

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  Published: 2010-12-22, review by: ixbtlabs.com

  • Abstract:  Our previous review was dedicated to the Core i7-800 LGA1156 series. The conclusion was that those solutions, as well as the Core i7-900 LGA1366 series, can offer enough computing power for most tasks you may need accomplished. At least four cores and ...

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  Published: 2010-10-11, review by: hardwaresecrets.com

  • Abstract:  The Core i5 was the second CPU from Intel to come with an integrated memory controller (the Core i7 was the first, while the Core i3 was the third), feature present on CPUs from AMD since the Athlon 64. Core i5 CPUs are based on the Core architecture, ...

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  Published: 2010-03-07, review by: Behardware.com

  • With these new processors, Intel is offering an LGA1156 platform with performance/energy consumption ratios never seen before! The Clarkdales are as fast as the entry level Socket 775 quad cores, but with energy consumption on a par with entry level du...

 
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  Published: 2010-02-16, review by: benchmarkreviews.com

  • Good performance, Turbo Boost technology, HyperThreading technology, Integrated GPU provides excellent Windows Aero and HD content performance, 32nm process gives great overclocking headroom, Low power draw (when not overclocked),
  • Overpriced for the level of performance provided, Integrated GPU inadequate for even lowend gaming, Requires new motherboard to use integrated GPU, Very high power draw when overclocked, iGPU requires 32M128M of memory for a frame buffer, Relationship bet...
  • Even at its arguably inflated price, the Core i5-661 represents the sweet spot in the Clarkdale Core i5 lineup. The Core i5-670 adds fractionally more speed (3.46GHz vs 3.33GHz) and Trusted Execution Technology, but drops iGPU speed from 900MHz to 733...

 
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  Published: 2010-02-08, review by: ocia.net

  • Most items we get in for review are pretty linear and have a clear-cut target audience. This makes our job easier as reviewers and your job easier as the consumer. Some products, however, like the new 32nm Core i3 and i5 chips, fall somewhere outside ...

 
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  Published: 2010-02-07, review by: thinkcomputers.org

  • On-die graphics are here, eliminating the need for a separate video card or motherboard integrated graphics, Perfect for HTPC or non-gaming rig, Excellent overclocker
  • None as long as the processor isn't used for 3D gaming
  • So where do the Core i5 600 series processors fit into the scheme of things? Well, if it means anything, a quick look at my favorite online retailer found 20 H55 motherboards. Out of the 20, 19 were mATX boards. There was one H57 board, and it was also...

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  Published: 2010-01-28, review by: overclockershq.com

  • Great Overclockability for a “media chip”, Price Point, Lower Wattage and Temps than the Bloomfeild, Stock Heatsink Temps, All in One Solution, HD Playback, Impressive Scores, New Innovation is Always a Pro,
  • Slight OC Speckling, Nvidia not Allowed to Come Play (for now)
  • I have used a lot of CPU’s in my time and I have never used one like the Clarkdale that was specifically designed for use, out of the box, as a media based PC build. I never mentioned this in the testing section because it is hard to “benchmar...

 
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  Published: 2010-01-27, review by: futurelooks.com

  • – How Does Clarkdale 32nm Measure Up? The objective of the Dual Core i5 and i3 aren’t to compete with the stronger Quad Core processors per se. Their purpose is to take what we as consumers appreciate about Dual Core processors and almost double the ...

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