Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5 out of 5 by AndyF A solid performer
I bought the 4590 to use with an Asus Z97-K board in my multimedia system. So far, the two are a great combination. The 4590 has made light work of everything I've thrown at it. Snappy multi-tab internet browsing, effortless HD video playback, video transcoding and picture editing.
The stock cooler does the job, temperatures are good on my system at 25C idle and 55C under 90%+ CPU load at normal room ambient.
Not the cheapest chip out there, but ultimately, you get what you pay for....
16 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by CWM456 Just what I needed
Excellent processor more than ample for a performance machine. Can't see the benefit of the more expensive i7 when this does just as good.
14 August 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Helen Decent processor, easy to install
This being my first ever PC build, I was worried about installing the processor, but intel made it as easy as possible with pre-applied thermal gel and simple push-fit fan mountings.
Marked down slightly as there is very little to guard the wire for the fan from being caught in the fan blades. Some careful arranging is required to make sure it is clear of them. So far, no issues though.
25 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by frankyj excellent cpu
very powerful and capable. easy to install. no issues with it!
22 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by AlexB Great option if you want 4690K or don't want to overclock
This is the perfect processor under £150.
Buy it if you're not interested in overclocking but if you are you should go for i5 4690K.
This is more than enough for current triple A games.
Runs at 30C idle on stock cooler, doesn't need market coolers.
09 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tynam As good as it gets in the current round of gaming processors
The i5 4590 is the centrepiece of the current lot of Intel processors, and there's not much else to say - not cheap, but fast, capable and flexible. There's no general computing task you can't throw at this thing.
A strong choice, without getting into money-no-object absurdities.
The new Haswell refresh is a tweak rather than a major update, but an extra 100Mhz clock speed is still a nice bonus.
Until next year's Broadwell releases, this is going to be the processor that sets the standard - and even then, it won't be a mistake to get one, especially with Broadwell's persistent delays.
29 September 2014