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: Basically an i7-2600 w/o a IGP but for less coin. Buy a cheap video card and you have more for less over that option.
Pros: Same as everybody says but I'll add that I built a home system with some gaming in mind with this CPU. CPU Benchmarks came in several hundred higher than listed as the average on their site. If you don't plan to OC and want a dedicated GPU then this thing is perfect.
Cons: I paired it with a Foxconn Z68 MB and could never get RAID to work. I even RMAed the MB thinking it was defective. The only odd part is this but a CPU shouldn't impact a RAID controller. Regardless no RAID.