Summary: I was blown away by the power of the this little guy! It played an older FPS 3D game a lot better than i thought, but i would not use it to game without a discrete GPU. So many people say to me, i want a PC, but I don't need a power house. It used to be a hard order to fill, but the newer Pentium fills that slot with this CPU. I run this in a pfSense build that is also a cache server and I am astounded by it's performance. The CPU works with pfSense's Thermal Sensors.
Pros: It was only $65 when I purchased it, so excellent bang for buck. Runs cool, typically mine runs about 27 to 35 *C (24*C ambient) with stock cooler. Stock cooler is quiet. Great all-purpose entry level desktop CPU, but could (can) handle non encrypted file serving and non VPN firewall/router applications, ie FreenAS and pfSense.
Cons: None really. Although it would be nice to see AES functionality to use this in VPN or file server applications. You'll need an i3 for that. I can't take an egg off for that, since that is specialized and you can still encrypt with software.
Summary: This is a good processor but a little slow but faster than my DG33 FB, why I made the purchase. Heatsink comes with thermal paste already on it so you don't have to fool with that, what a relief. For video processing I don't think this is the processor to get but for my needs, working with photos and internet, it is fine. I haven't found the image trails with this processor that I had with the DG33 FB, when moving the image around.
Summary: While this is obviously insufficient for heavy computing tasks, I've put it into a medium level gaming system, and it zips right through the difficulties of home computer use. It plays 1080p video, keeps the framerate of dwarf fortress up, and generally seems to handle the stuff I've thrown at it. Unless you're doing high resolution media editing (photoshop, sony vegas, etc) a bigger processor is probably not much use to you.
Summary: i was originally going to get an i5 processor and i took advantage of sale prices at the time but due to shipping difficulties i didnt receive it and got a refund. so i opted for this and it is great for the small price. this wont get you blazingly fast speeds but it is decent but dont expect full performance as it WILL bottle neck performance parts but it will suffice i give it my approval
Just needed an adiquate cpu to go with mainboard replacement / Windows 7
13 February 2014
Summary: Wanted to upgrade to a motherboard with newer features, and have a stable platform for Win 7 install. I'm not a gamer or PC gear-head, so why spend money a lot of money on a processor? With the video card I have, it should work fine for most of my apps.