Summary: I bought this for a budget gaming rig (believe it or not). This is NOT a gaming processor. CPU mark puts it close to my old C2D so I thought it would get me by with my GTX 660 Ti until I could afford another one. It does get me by. I am able to play my games on high settings for the most part. This is a great, cheap processor for a budget / general use computer, but go with the i5 for games.
Summary: I upgraded my computer with this processor and it's been fine so far having been running for about a month. No complaint. Actually I need to praise this CPU because it significantly improved my game performance. I game with the gt 240 which was previously paired with the celeron e3300. Once I upgraded the processor I found out that the video card was being bottlenecked!
Pros: This is an insanely efficient CPU. Fully loaded, CoreTemp is reporting that its drawing 16-17 watts. Idle is around 3-4. Coupled with a Radeon 7750, 16GB of ram and 7200 RPM hard drive, fully loaded system draw during gaming is around 80 watts total. That is an insane amount power for such a low power draw.
Cons: Not sure there is any other than the lack of TurboBoost and Hyperthreading. But its a $60 processor, what can you expect.
Summary: I needed a cheap processor for my litecoin mining rig, and this one works perfectly. It's low cost, and low power which is what I need for a litecoin rig since it doesn't use the processor for the tasks it performs 24/7.
Pros: Very efficient CPU. Installation was a breeze. The included fan isn't too big and fitment was idiot-proof. Temperatures maintain between 20-40 degrees under normal-heavy use, respectively. I purchased this CPU as an upgrade to my 7 year old system which is mainly used as a secondary unit providing for document creations, web surfing, email, etc. I have it paired with 4GB RAM (GSkill), ASRock motherboard (cheapest one they have), and GeForce 9500 graphics card. Surpris...
Cons: Could have been cheaper? Haven't noticed any, really. Will update as necessary.
Pros: Fast for the money (passmark as high as Pentium G860)
Cons: No Vista support for the embedded graphics on any Ivy Bridge processors. I confirmed this with Intel. They support XP, 7 and 8 but specifically NOT Vista. This is not made clear, unfortunately. If you are running a PCIe Video card then this won't matter. I had a spare Vista license I had hoped to use, so this was an unpleasant suprise.