Summary: Was on a low budget situation and still needed to upgrade my pc, so picked up this little piece of marvel and my oh my....it delivers!!!! Even with the i3 label on, it gets an i5 3rd gen performance....we talking about 4 core processing: two physical and two virtuals. A little bit noisy for my taste but works like a charm. It packs intel hd 4400 integrated graphics, in no way comparable with a dedicated video card, but still gets the job done.
Summary: I am using this in conjunction with an ASROCK Z87E-ITX - LGA1150 Intel Z87 Chipset DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 WiFi Mini-ITX Motherboard and the performance is great. This processor is literally at the low end of i3 processors listed as compatible for that board, but this gives me far more power than I need for the HTPC I'm using it in. Back when Windows 7 was in beta, I bought a new MB with advanced features that weren't supported in older versions of Windows.
This baby purrs when matched with a good video card
Henry Hill, Amazon
25 November 2013
Summary: This puppy does everything I needed and more. I paired it with a MSI 760 and it has chewed up everything I've thrown at out with any drop off. I'm playing Battlefield 4 with all ultra settings, GuildWars 2 with everything maxed out, etc. I record lots of gameplay and do editing and this CPU has been everything I wanted and more. Great value and great performance.