Summary: The proc runs pretty hot, particularly in small cases. This one idles over 50C, so an aftermarket cooler is definitely needed if it will fit inside your application. *Edit 4/9/16 I ended up swapping this proc to a different mobo and it mostly resolved the issues I was having with the 4600 driver.
Pros: As with all Intel chips the proc is quite powerful, even for a dual core. The price to power ratio was "ok", but certainly better than the AMD chips available (A series) for the Mini ITX build HTPC
Cons: The HD 4600 graphics are no better than what AMD had on the market two years ago. It doesn't support audio over HDMI off the Mobo, and had HELLA problems with the 4600 driver causing a bios screen restart loop. The windows "update" driver causes the issue as well, so be sure to use ONLY the drive...
Summary: I play World of Warcraft with this cpu and get decent performance in game (Intel Core i3-4300 Haswell Dual-Core 3.5 GHz cpu, Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 Ti, 8Gb DDR3-1600 Ram). This is a good cpu for everyday use and entry level to mid level gaming builds in my opinion.
Pros: -Very fast performance -Hyper-threading technology simulates having 3 to 4 cores -DDR3 support -Intel HD 4600 graphics -22NM Microarchitecture with 54W thermal design power (lower cpu temperatures under load)
Cons: -Running too many apps at once sometimes causes freezing of applications (Program is not responding) or the system will lock up and computer must be rebooted) -Intel HD 4600 graphics is no good for full screen gaming applications...(cpu will malfunction and cause a system shutdown to protect hard...
Pros: For basic operations on a computer, as well as handling dual tv hookup, has worked very well. Very smooth and quick processing, with a small SSD you get great performence. Very much worth the price!
Summary: All in all this is a great cpu, does everything i could ask and need. So that makes me feel that this is a good product for everyone.
Pros: This CPU is really good for everyday use, budget gaming builds and is a all around good CPU. I combined it with a gtx 960 and i can play any game on high settings with out my system getting to hot. Also there is low power consumption and it will rarely exceed 75% usage ever.
Cons: This is a budget CPU, as so don't expect anything near an i5 or i7 performance wise. as i have stated in the Pros, it rarely exceeds 75% and usually one core is doing most of the work. so this make me think we is it holding back all that extra performance
Summary: I built my wife a desktop type system when her (my old) gaming ASUS SLI-Deluxe PC died. As gaming PC's are WAY overkill for Email / web usage and light games, I decided to built to suit her real world use; i3-4330 3.5 GHz CPU ASRock X97 extreme 4 MB Onboad CPU graphics Onboard Sound 8 MEG GSkill...
Summary: I am an Intel person so I don't mind paying a premium price for a superior product. I would put this CPU head to head with any quad core in the same price range easy. This thing really does perform well.
Pros: I coupled this processor with an asrock h97-itx/ac board and used the stock intel cooler in a coolermaster elite 110 case. My temperatures on coretemp at idle are low 30s and under load are mid 50s. The temps are a little spikey but nothing seems out of hand so looks good to me.
Summary: I was building a cheap PC to stream a 1080p webcam 24/7. ASRock H97M Pro4 Intel i3 4330 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) Mushkin 60GB SSD DEEPCOOL 300 CPU Cooler I built the entire thing for less then $300 (I already had a case and power supply) and it performs really well.
Pros: Fairly cheap Powerful enough for average use Stay cool Uses very little electricity