Pros: This processor has been a workhorse so far, bought it for a Mini ITX case HTPC build and it has been great so far, handles anything you can throw at it. The onboard graphics have worked well so far driving a big screen LCD t.v. for everyday use with a cable card.
Plenty of processing power, graphics and saves energy.
9 November 2014
Summary: I bought this to install in a Shuttle XH81V and so far love it. It came with the fan/heatsink combo but I didn't need it because the shuttle already had it. Plenty of processing power for my needs and the integrated graphics also suit my needs very well.
Summary: Insert the processor into the motherboard MSI Z97M-G43, put the Cooler Zalman FX70. Turned out to be silent, powerful machine. The temperature of the processor to a maximum of 50 degrees Celsius.
Summary: Although the price is up there it is much less than an I7 and if you are thought conscious of power consumption but still want great performance this is the chip to get. Couple this with a GTX 750 Ti you are looking at a very good system per price and per watt.
Pros: Absolutely outstanding performance from a 65w TDP. If you are afraid that it will not perform because of the low stock ghz do not be afraid. The turbo function works and it works well. 22nm and low tdp keep this chip running cool even in my small bitfenix prodigy case which is only being cooled b...
Cons: No overclock but I knew that going in, kind of pricey, no extra threads like the i7 line, not the newest i5 on the block anymore.
Summary: 2.9GHz is still very fast. I didn't actually test or compare, but I feel as though this chip is still significantly faster than my previous one. Which was an Intel i5 2500. Also this chip is not overclock-able. I didn't list it as a con, because it isn't. The chip is designed to produce low heat.
Pros: Very fast little CPU. - Though only 2.9GHz, very speedy. - Relatively cooler, thanks to 65W TDP. - Plenty of power for gaming. - Plenty of power for multi-tasking. - Far more power than needed for every day browsing. - The on-die graphics (Intel HD 4400) are very good. Was able to push 2,560 x 1,...
Cons: Honestly I can't think of any except wishing it was 3.0 GHz. Just because a number below 3.0 GHz for a desktop seems low. But...
Summary: - My system uses between 40-50 Watts under normal operation and 60-75 Watts when watching TV via Windows Media Center (though I'm assuming that's also due to the graphics card probably kicking in).
Pros: - Low TDP. - Stays relatively cool. - Great performance for an HTPC, and even a gaming PC.