Summary: Bought a couple of these for some general home PCs that will be running media center / light gaming / etc. They definitely do the job - no need to drop in a quad core or anything more expensive for this kind of use.
Summary: I was trying to decide whether I would go with a slower 4 core or a faster two core. This processor surprised me, I thought it would be a dog, slow as molasses. Compared to my other systems, which are high end i7s, this is definitely not as fast, but it's not embarrassingly slow either. Would I put this in my high end gaming rig? No way. Would I put this in an everyday pc for light/casual gaming and movie watching, web surfing? Absolutely.
Summary: Don't let people fool you, this isn't your Clarkdale i3, it's a dual core beast. I built a small steam box with my old ATI 5870, and am able to comfortably run most games at mid to high settings at 1080p. If you're making a higher end machine then consider the Haswell i5, but don't think for a second that this chip isn't capable at doing some serious gaming at an excellent price.
Summary: I almost went with an i5, but trying to stay in a budget, I went with the i3. This cpu is solid. OS install went very fast, and web surfing doesn't effect the performance one bit. I have 8gb of system memory installed, and running a 240ssd. Great combo. I will buy again for my customers.
Great budget CPU that I can upgrade later if needed
Randall Adams, Amazon
12 May 2014
Summary: Built a budget gamer system just for League of Legends and this was the cpu choice. The on-chip video capabilitys give me a great gaming experience for LOL. I will upgrade to a later haswell i7 if I need to but for now this dual core chip runs great.
Summary: I make some online reviews on uP performance from several brands and references, comparing cost/profit rate, I found this was one with the higher rate due to its lower price and HT capability. It has great performance, I work with rendering and 3D modeling.