Summary: For running 2 ghz slower; it runs far faster over a regular i7 2600 and the price is far better deal. Specs: MSI z77 G43 Intel Xeon e3 1230 8 gigs 1866 mhz Crucial Tactical mem Evga Gf 460 gtx
Pros: Very efficient and low heat, I hate to say it; it's a far better deal over the i7 2600. i7 2600K SB ^ (i7 3720M Ivy)(Intel xeon E3 1230 SB) runs on the same level ^ i7 2600 SB
Pros: + Very strong CPU +This CPU has 8 virtual cores which is quite a bonus because I hadn't been expecting that. +It's price for performance is among the highest of all CPUs
Cons: -The only con I've run into is that it does not have a built in graphics card. If you're building a gaming PC it's fine, you're getting a graphics card anyway but be sure to have a back up in case your current card ever dies.
Summary: Buy this chip. Just buy invest in a nice fan.
Pros: Extremely fast, awesome chip. It does everything I want and then some. I've had this chip running a high intensity analytic system for 7 days straight with no rest and never once slowed down.
Cons: The only reason I'm giving this 1 star is so that poeple read this. Do NOT use the factory fan it comes with. Do NOT use the factory fan it comes with. Do NOT use the factory fan it comes with. Do NOT use the factory fan it comes with. I had major overheating issues on the chip without overclocki...
Summary: I've had my E3-1230 for about 6 months now and love it. Since I purchased, the price/performance has been unbeatable. It is at the core of my pet project to build a lower power super computer and with the performance this gives using only 80W it's lived up to everything I've wanted.
Summary: After careful consideration, I bought this processor for my desktop. It works in my ASUS P8Z68 motherboard with zero issues. The Intel Xeon E3-1230 is in my opinion, the best processor right now for the money.