Summary: Now why would I buy an Intel Pentium 4 in the day of low-power and cheap Core2Duo's? Well, I had a legacy motherboard on hand, which didn't support any CPU's after the Pentium 4 and Pentium D. I was building a Windows Home Server, so I didn't need the horsepower. Nice thing about building with an old CPU, is that all BIOS's will work with it. Sure enough, my Gigabyte 945 chipset powered up without any issues. The WHS has been working like a champ.
Pros: Powerful in it's heyday; heatsink/fan included
Blazingly fast, surprisingly cool, with rock solid...
3 May 2006
Summary: I can't believe how cool this CPU runs! After assembly, I powered on my new PC. Immediately, the BIOS CPU fan warning sounded, because the stock Intel CPU fan wasn't spinning. At first, I thought I messed up assembly, or the fan was DOA. Then the CPU fan started spinning about 30 seconds later, then it kept turning off and on. I shut down the PC, checked all of my connections and tried again—same results.
Pros: It runs fast. It runs cool. The stock heatsink, fan, and thermal paste are enough too cool it.
Cons: It does not have dual cores (but has hyperthreading). Only the Extreme (as in extremely expensive) Dual-Core CPUs have both dual-core and hyperthreading.