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. Deducted one egg due to excessive heat ( have excellent airflow btw) and no unlocked core i3 (shame on you Intel)!
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 tech. Intel switched over to the 1150 chip interface before I bought this one, but I bought this chip instead of the Haswell chip because I was building a Hackintosh and at the t...
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. That being said if you need four physical cores then you really need to step up to a core i5. If you want overclocking - you need to step up to a K series i5 or i7. You can me...
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. She also does Microsoft PowerPoint for school...thus is a top notch processes that more than fulfills the above needs.
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. The reason I'm saying that isn't because this CPU can't handle gaming because it can. I'm saying that because the next generation of games will require better processors.
Summary: Yes this processor is pretty good! I mean I don't necessarily like it i'm a gamer and like recording / rendering video's etc and it is pretty slow in these things (I think it even bottlenecks my video card). I acknowledged that this isn't necessarily a gaming processor but yeah it's still pretty good for the price!
Summary: Great starter CPU. Good for entry level gaming, home and office applications. Affordable, and yet performs. It's a dual core that has 2 virtual cores, so it acts like a quad. Overall, though, if you're looking for reliability, Intel has always been at the top of the industry.
Summary: I USED THIS FOR A HTPC BUILD MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR THAT PURPOSE, WITH STAND ALONE VIDEO CARD.I DID NOT GIVE IT A 5 STAR BECAUSE I HAVE SYSTEM WITH AN I5 3570K. THAT BEING SAID I DO HAVE TO ADMIT IT IS QUITE FAST FOR DESKTOP STUFF VERY IMPRESSED. Sorry about the cap lock to lazy.Just wanted to add for the Die hard AMD fans I do like AMD products and all my video cards (5 builds) all have Amd video cards But, intel cores are equal to 1.5+ cores of Amd.