Summary: Must faster than you think. Gone are the old days of Celerons. This sucker runs circles around my old LGA775 quad core machine. Must be the memory and bus, but wow! Originally purchased two for two bitcoin mining rigs.
Pros: Very low idle power! Works great a media center client using Plex on the backend! Low 54W TDP means I can use a fanless chassis (next upgrade!). Inexpensive!
Cons: Not really a con as you know before you buy it; but, it's a celeron. Doesn't have the muscle for encoding (BUT, see other thoughts).
Pros: worked as it should in fact was impressed with how well it held up to gamming I bought this to hold me over intell I got i5 4670k. If your short on money but want your system up and running I would get it.
Summary: With the price of this CPU so low for its performance, I don't know why someone would get anything else unless they absolutely needed the advanced features or high core count of a more expensive CPU
Pros: Low cost, fairly low wattage basic dual core CPU. Replaced an old C2D E4300. Used mostly as an HTPC with some moderate gaming. More CPU than needed for most tasks, and except for the most demanding games with a high end videocard, is adequate. Produces little heat underload even with stock heatsi...
Cons: No hyperthreading, integrated graphics are weak. Doesn't support newer advanced features like vPro or VT-d but if you need those your budget is probably high enough to afford something that does.
Summary: There are only 3 plastic hooks around the fan to hold the wires in place, and you may want to better secure the wires to the fan frame with small nylon wire ties or string.
Pros: Gives most of the speed of an i3 at less than half the price
Cons: The wires for the fan were pulled so tightly that they jammed against a fan blade and prevented rotation, a very obvious defect that should have never passed quality control. I loosened the wires before using the CPU, but I'm afraid some people will break them if they try this because 1 of the 3 ...
Summary: First Windows 8.1 build: Asus H81M-K O/S disk - Samsung SSD Pro, 128G G-Skill 12,800 - 4G Boots in about 15 seconds, shuts down in 5. Passmark score: 1654 Draws 28W out of the wall (when running Chrome). Not a gamer, so this has all the compute power I'm likely to need.
Pros: Ran on first power-up and hasn't blinked yet.
Summary: I'm re-building a MAME pc cabinet...I bought this before any real reviews were out. No real benchmarks or videos or really much of anything on it. Heck there weren't even pics of the box on newegg or anywhere online...lol. But I was like well maybe..just maybe I'm the only one..
Pros: Easy Windows 8 Solution. Great for most office apps. Good for light gaming.
Cons: While it can hold it's own vs most CPU's. Even a few of the ones above its price. ( And that really is a PRO ) I thought there would be more...zip or snap to it. Like what I'm used to when getting into a new CPU architecture.