Summary: As long as you know what you're getting this chip is rightfully impressive, but if you're interested in overclocking pass on by.
Pros: First off, yes it's a dual core with hyper threading, and no it doesn't overclock (sorta) BUT, if you're building a gaming rig, WHOA!. when it comes to straight up gaming it holds it's own compared to an i7 3770. paired with a 7870/r9 270x it makes for an unbelievable price to perf gaming setup.
Cons: isn't unlocked, but you knew that already. Is absolutely terrible when it comes to rendering speeds with Sony Vegas.
Summary: The Core i3 series are a poor mans quad core. With two physical cores and two virtual cores, this chip is a step up from a dual core or possibly older AMD system. Decent for gaming and media usage, the core i3 does an excellent job for the price.
Pros: - Excellent Price-Per-Performance - Low TDP means less electricity used - Quad-ish core - Intel (bit of a fanboy) ; )
Cons: -CPU intensive games like Skyrim and some RTS's may lag a bit. -Hyperthreading not friendly for all games/programs -Not as powerful as a true quad core - Mine can get a bit warm (over 60 degrees Celsius) with stock fan and decent thermal paste
Summary: Bought and installed into a mighty fine Hackintosh system that my brother-in-law has yet to mess up. These processors work really well and in terms of cost it gets you into an Intel system for a very small amount of money.
Pros: This little proc has 3 things going for it. The first is the price, the second is hyper threading, and finally - low power draw. Building a system based around this chip gives you an upgrade path for swapping out a nice i7 proc in a couple of years when they are cheaper because of advances in tec...
Cons: This is not a quad core processor - it is a dual core processor that makes Windows see it as 4 cores due to a trick known as hyperthreading. Hyperthreading works much better on these chips than in the original Pentium 4s which Hyper-threading caused to run so hot you could hardly keep them cool. ...
Summary: I bought this to upgrade my daughter's old core 2 duo computer. This thing has no problem pushing a geforce gtx580. She mainly uses her computer to watch YouTube videos, plays Star Wars Galaxies and miscellaneous browser based games. She edits videos and movies (with windows movie maker) with ease.
Summary: It's a sturdy processor with some power. This is a processor that has 2 faces. If your looking to save a couple bucks but still get some power get this processor. If your looking to use it for gaming and can afford a higher end quad core or higher go with that.