(Left for Dead and may others) This makes an excellent HTPC combo light gaming rig for very little money
J. Pelletier "jpofnh", Amazon
9 December 2014
Summary: This is an impressive GPU. Runs COLD to the touch, so little power even when gaming. I bought a graphics card, but have yet to install it, this is running all my games so far. (Left for Dead and may others) This makes an excellent HTPC combo light gaming rig for very little money. I did pair it up with fast memory (only 4GB) but its DDR3 1600. I'm super impressed. Over all performance is sub "I3" but good enough for me.
Fast and Furious! Great Product for a Great Price!
David A Martin, Amazon
12 November 2014
Summary: I used this processor for a build I did for my in-laws and I must say, this processor is quick and really made the difference. I work in the computer industry and my in-laws wanted an affordable but long lasting system. I have always used Intel and they make great products. This CPU worked flawless and gave us plenty of power to handle their daily needs! Thanks Intel and Amazon for the great deal!
Summary: Quite honestly I had always tuned out the non-Core CPUs from Intel. When I decided to build a new budget PC I looked at AMD's offerings (brand I used for last 2 builds) but I wasn't happy with their power and performance. I then assumed I'd have to go with a Core i3, which for a cheap budget build was still a bit more than I wanted to spend. I then discovered the Haswell Pentium CPUs, and it's exactly what I've wanted.
Summary: This processor is only a dual core, but what strong two cores these are. This processor runs on the 4th generation Haswell architecture, which is great because it runs cool. For my first personal custom rig, it's been running strong, able to handle almost anything I throw at it except for an Android Emulator running through the android SDK, but that's because I am not using graphics acceleration yet. Also haven't tested any Virtual Machines yet.
Great CPU for everyday web and video viewing usage
30 August 2014
Summary: This processor worked well for everyday computing and excels if that is your usage scenario. If you want to game, you can pair this card up with a decent graphic graphic card and you can get decent gaming performance. Don't expect too much because this is a lower tier processor but games that are optimized for graphic card will run really well due to the bulk of the processing being done on the graphic card instead of the CPU.
Summary: I bought for temp use while waiting for my 4790k. However it is way to slow for my liking. Might be decent in an htpc but it will likely choke under 4k unless the media player decoding it uses QuickSync. Is slower than my old Q9550. Imo better to spend it on a G3258 and overclock the heck out of it.
Summary: I bought this for a facebook/netflix PC. It's extremely fast (boots Windows 7 in under 15 seconds even with an HDD), and powerful as well. It has no trouble streaming Netflix at 1080p on integrated graphics. Using it with 4gb Crucial ram, a cheap MSI motherboard, and a Corsair CX430 power supply. Couldn't be happier.
Summary: Definitely a fast processor for the price. When paired with a mid-level SSD, decent RAM, and a good mobo it made for a fast everyday computer. First socket LGA 1150 build I have done and I have to say it couldn't have been much easier. Sips power and stays pretty cool in a simple 120 mm intake and exhaust fans setup. I personally couldn't justify the jump in price to an i3 for what this system needed to do.