Intel Core i5 3330 Review – Ultimate Quad-Core Power

Last Updated on December 23, 2014

Today’s post will be an Intel Core i5 3330 review. The Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz is a performance CPU based on the 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 3.2GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.  Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked. It is a powerful Quad Core CPU and it performs excellently. Therefore it’s capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.

If you’re looking for a fast, reliable processor that’ll handle many of today’s processing demands then you’re going to want to keep reading!

So let’s get to the review…


ProductIntel Core i5-3330 Quad-Core Processor 3.0 Ghz

Price: $191.99

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Warranty: 3 Year when boxed up

My Rating: 10 out of 10

This processor integrates relatively weak graphics called Intel HD Graphics 2500, with 6 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 77W. These graphics won’t be able to display really any AAA game titles which is why every gaming PC should be equipped with the proper GPU. If you paired this processor with a MSI Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 then you’d be pretty set when it comes to gaming going forward into 2015-2016. 🙂

If you’re looking to play big titles such as Grand Theft Auto V, Dying Light, Far Cry 4 or Shadow of Mordor on higher graphical settings and be able to keep a smooth frame rate all the while having the game process abundant actions more precisely then this is going to be a steal for you! Also, every day activities that involve your PC are going to be running pretty quick. This goes for different types of software, browsing and downloads. This processor also comes with a stock fan which will do just fine unless you plan to overclock your CPU down the road. If you are interested in doing that then I would pick up a decent CPU cooler.

This is an excellent CPU with the current processor set to handle today’s demands. Intel is definitely the current leader in computer processing unit technologies. The Intel Core i5 processors include many technologies that deliver amazing PC and visual experiences for all of your favorite computer hobbies. Whether you’re creating, sharing, exploring, or gaming this processor is sure to bring you an awesome experience while doing so.

Many users have said that the i5-3330 runs very cold at idle, and barely gets to 60°C at full load. This is important especially for those super demanding 3D programs and for the high definition texture trend that is evolving. These textures are getting extremely high def, especially when it comes to the textures in today’s video games.

If you’re currently using a low level i3 or an Intel Pentium series processor you’re going to experience faster processing speeds and higher quality performance for the programs/software/demands of 2015. Looking more forward down the road into 2017 and 2018 I’d imagine that an upgrade would have to go down if you planned on keeping up with the high graphical setting demands of PC gaming.

So what do you guys think of this Intel Core i5 3330 review? Will you be grabbing this for your custom build? Or maybe you’re looking to upgrade?

Let me know in the comments below!

6 thoughts on “Intel Core i5 3330 Review – Ultimate Quad-Core Power”

  1. I think the multiplier is unlocked only on the ‘K’ versions. Still a great CPU though, in my opinion. Someone actually gave me one of these and it performs great in both single and multi-threaded loads. I am very pleased with it.

    • For sure, this is an older review as well so it hasn’t seen an update for a while. K versions are what are able to be overclocking past the factory settings.

      This was a previous CPU I used a few years back and it could still hold up well today!

  2. Hey, is this processor only available for desktops or can you purchase laptops with this technology? Sorry if it’s a stupid question I’m not very techy. I have to rely on the salesmans info at the electronnics store when I shop around. I’m glad I found your site. Thanks

    • Hey Dan,

      This processor is for desktops only. Some laptops come with powerful processors but you wouldn’t be able to put this specific one into a laptop. I have never really worked on a laptop as far as upgrading and/or building one goes. I have thought about it but the only hardware I know how to upgrade on a laptop would be the RAM and the hard drive.



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