Pros: Its good processor, it will outrun pretty much outrun any entry AMD cpu. I am using it for a month now and this CPU hasn't let me down yet.. It has a good performance and keeps up in all the games I have played.. I would keep this CPU because I like it so much, I would rather pass on upgrading it.. *thumbs*
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: This CPU is finally an answer from Intel to the FX 6xxx line. It makes Vishera sweat all the more. If you are strictly building a gaming rig and are on a budget this isn't a bad option. But know that it is NOT multicore, so if you do multimedia (video editing, encoding, transcoding), data compression, etc. in addition to gaming you will be better off with a 63xx series (just make sure you don't cheap out on the GPU).
Pros: -Haswell -Cheap -Energy efficient -- only 54W (wow) -Great single core performance for games, emulation
Cons: -Only dual core (not multicore) -Could be cheaper considering it is a dual core
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.