Great for HTPC, basic workstation, or a simple 24/7 server
9 October 2012
Summary: This i3 has worked great on a mini-ITX 24/7 workstation/server I have running at home. With the stock heatsink, it will just barely fit inside my Habey EMC 600BL case. The build: Habey EMC 600BL Case Intel i3-2120T 4GB OCZ Gold DDR3 RAM Crucial M4 128 GB SSD Intel BOXDH61DLB3 Mini ITX Motherboard Total power draw of the system is about 25 watts idle at around 35 degrees C, and about 45-50 watts under load (around 45-50 degrees C), measured with a Kill-A-Watt.
Cool and Quiet, with low wattage and high efficiency
22 September 2012
Summary: Extremely low powered processor. I installed this in a media server I built where I had 12 SATA drives (5400RPM) and Acreca ARC-1231ML RAID adapter and this this barely made a sound. Things were cool and quiet plus at idle, 35 watts total. That's pretty amazing. In addition, when fully utilized the entire unit using this processor did not reach beyond 75 watts.
Summary: Straight out of the box this cpu is more than enough for my home tv pc build. The stock 2.6 GHz can handle anything, in the way of streaming, that I can throw at it. I love the Intel cpus, they are fast and dependable. I would recommend this cpu to anyone interested in building a good general purpose computer. If you are looking for gaming power go for the i7 series of the Intel cpu.
Summary: Very efficient; low TDP means less heat, and less heat means less noise. Good for a desktop machine. Great for a low-power server, too; this i3 supports ECC RAM, which means you can plug it in to a socket-1155 server motherboard, without spending several times more on a Xeon E3. The only feature that I wish this CPU had, and the reason I like instead of love it: this CPU does not have 'aesni' (AES Native Instructions) support.
Summary: Just built a SHUTTLE SH67H3 with this processor. Along with 2 2TB drives and 8GB memory to run Ubuntu 12.03. This setup runs 24 watts idle and 30 watts under build loads. This is not much more that similarly configured Atom servers we have here. It has MUCH more power than the Atom servers. Performance per watt you cannot beat it.
Summary: eventhough it's the older sandy bridge model, it still has a nice rating of 35W compared to the newer ivy bridge processors, which do not have this yet, from what I've seen. this was an upgrade from an atom d525 and it doesn't consume much more power, but is much more capable in serving my NAS needs. I paired up this processor with an Asus H77 ITX board.