Summary: Has more power than you think.... Had it in an old Shuttle SD30G2 Plus and was able to overclock it to 2.4GHZ with 667mhz ddr2 memory. Even stock clocked, the thing ran all modern games that I threw at it. Bootup time was quick and it could crunch with the best of them.
Summary: The reliability of an Intel processor is hard to match at any price. I have built hundreds of PCs and there is no substitute for reliability and performance.
Pros: The price is the first noticable perk for the E1200 Dual Core, never mind the Celeron tag. This is a solid processor for the money. It is an Intel. Integrity is built in. I installed this first on an old LGA775 MSI board that I had. But, much to my dismay it would not post. Upon further investiga...
Cons: Be sure you get a mobo that supports the Dual Core 65w architecture and upgrade the BIOS. The E1200 is the least expensive Intel on the market today, oh that is not a CON.
Summary: I'd hate to say it, but since the release of Intel's i7, the Intel power\price ratio in comparison to AMD has become rather acceptable. Even knowing that I could find cheaper, better chips on Newegg, I rated this product 5 eggs trying to be non biased, as I am a fan of AMD.
Pros: For the price, this thing hauls. Pretty darn cold with only stock cooler. Perfect for conventional use. Sounds better when you tell the "illiterate" that you've got Intel dual-core.
Cons: You can easily find a more powerful processor for a lesser price, going with an AMD product. Fairly low bus speeds, unless overclocked.
Summary: If there is one quibble, it's that larger-cache C2Ds are inpinging on this beastie's wee price tag.
Pros: Followup review. (See "LGA775 Budget Beastie" on next page.) Since the original review, I've pushed the CPU to the daily speed of 2.67 GHz (still on stock cooling and voltage) with a 1333 MHz FSB (333 MHz quad-pumped). Nary an issue related to the processor.