Summary: Pros: Fast 3.10Ghz processor, 4 virtual cores, Intel HD Graphics, 65Watt power Cons: Could be lower power, runs a little hot on the backside, Included CPU Heatsink/fan did not fit properly in the anchoring position. Did not anchor properly, poor design.
Summary: After ending up somewhere in between the sweetspot of $99 I often see this advertised at and the mid 100s at the top, I figured that I'd snagged a good deal. For my purposes, I had--a Windows Home Server with enough cores and thread on the CPU and ample memory to handle transcoding and a multitask load.
Summary: I bought this CPU as a stepping stone for upcoming Ivy Bridge 3570K/3770K. I have to say I am very impressed. Here is what I have to say about it, Pro * Exceptionally fast. When compare against AMD A8 series and FX-41xx series clock to clock this CPU smokes them in computation and multitasking area. * Very energy efficient. Again beats what AMD has to offer in this price range. At idle CPU only draws 9 W and at load draws around 40 W. * Runs very cool.
Summary: Intel core i3 is a great processor. It is an affordable processor for its power. It is a very smooth operating processor. It also runs very cool. I have had AMD processors and id rather have an intel because they run so much cooler.
Summary: This chip has TWO physical cores. It utilises hyper threading to allow the OS to treat each core as multiple cores, but it isn't a quad core chip. Seriously Amazon, this is pretty poor. Change the title. Great value chip though.
Summary: This CPU was listed in a computer magazine as being the basis for a 'Good All-Rounder' computer. The CPU was not difficult to install, although I didn't use the cooler that was supplied with it. The performance of this CPU is very quick; especially when compared to my old (Pentium 2) machine. Although it does what I ask of it with ease, it is not the chip to use for gaming without an expensive graphics card at least. Value for money is very good.