A worthy CPU upgrade for LGA 1155 systems
The Xeon E3-1275 v2 was the perfect CPU upgrade to keep my 2011 pre-built PC relevant in 2021. I had been running the original Core i3 2120 for the entire time, but it had been showing its age lately. I felt this platform was still very much usable even 10 years later and I was not willing to part ways with it just yet in favor of an entirely new system, which would have cost quite a bit more money.
This particular CPU model comes with integrated graphics, something many Xeons do not have enabled.
A significantly more expensive Core i7-3770K might yield a slight performance advantage, but my Joshua H61 motherboard would not be able to overclock it and even if it could, the motherboard only supports the included proprietary cooler, which I don’t believe would be able to keep the 3770K comfortably cool anyway.
So, I opted for the E3-1275 v2. Yes, it is the end of the road for this platform processor-wise, but it has brought snappy performance to and breathed new life into my aging system. (I also maxed out the motherboard’s memory capacity to 16GB, which certainly helps.) I’d say it’s good for another 4–5 years.
I recommend this CPU for those who:
1. Want to squeeze a little more life out of their LGA 1155 systems,
2. Have anything less than a Core i7 or non-hyperthreaded Xeon, and
3. Can find one of these for under $100Read full review
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned