Summary: Broke the heatsink clips on the Mac Mini and had to cut the springs and use some pins from an old video card heatsink. Be very careful and use needlenose pliers to remove the pins to avoid headache. Found some 4-40 nylon screws for $6 on *Bay, but did not need it.
Pros: Upgraded Mac mini Core Solo, and notice a big difference.
Summary: I would like to run some benchmarks on this CPU, but I really don't care too much. I also know that the mainboard i use controls both the CPU fan speed and the system fan speed and it seems really reluctant to speed the CPU fan past 1500 rpm, and the system fan is almost never on.
Pros: This is my first dual core CPU and Intel CPU in sometime. Its also my first CORE series too, I have had Pentium and Pentium Xeon. I must hand it back to intel and say "wow". The CPU is quick and handles a majority of my tasks very smooth and quick. It has alot of nice features (MMX,SSE,SSE2,SSE3,...
Cons: Its HOT. The CPU temp hovers between 50c - 65c, and that makes me nervous. I seem to hear that alot around newegg.com so maybe these processors run hot (57ish on idle).
Summary: I have some of the fastest and meanest Pentium 4 machines, that blow away most of current technology, but not these Core 2 Duo Processors from Intel. This unit compiles a Linux 2.6.24 kernel in 10 minutes. It does everything at blinding speed.
Pros: High performance. This processor in a lappy is faster than the best Pentium 4 desktop. Excellent pricing. Fairly cool operation, but needs a hsf.
Summary: Bought this chip to upgrade my Intel Mac Min Core Solo. Dropped in the new chip, fired it up and everytying works fine. The system is running Ubuntu for a MythTV frontend, and can now play 1080i content without problems!!