- 32nm Sandy Bridge 65W
- 2MB L3 Cache
- 2 x 256KB L2 Cache
- Intel HD Graphics
Why again would I buy AMD? 07/03/2012
Very fast for the money. Almost ridiculously fast considering that it is under 50 dollars.
I see no difference in day to day use with my Phenom II 975. In fact, for some things (single-threaded, games) it is quicker. I would put the wattage used for a task would be close to 15% of the total that I was pulling for the Phenom II. The HD 2000 graphics come with an unlocked multiplier. Expect at least a 40-50% free increase in clock speed. It has calculated for me to about a 38% increase in frame rates in games. It never though gets to the performance of an HD 3000, I would say about 50 to 60% percent closer.
Very cool with stock cooler. I did remove the stock paste and replaced it with artic alumina.
I have no qualms torturing this little chip, its very cheap.
Can not overclock the cores at all. Nope not at all. If you want to overclock, you have to pay for it, which is silly, and totally is against the point of overclocking.
You can use any ddr memory speed, but it will only run at either 800 or 1066 MHz. This is not a big deal, you can adjust memory timings if your board supports that, but you still are not gonna get anywhere near any significant bandwidth increase that way... Bandwidth that would help video performance immensely. These Intel guys... they got a nice racket going.
For fitty dollars, I can't complain much more.
As soon as the cheaper HD 2500 chips are released, Daddy is gonna get a newer, prettier yet still cheap girlfriend named IVY. Don't look at me that way SANDY, you knew the score from day one. Daddy likes them CHEAP and FAST.
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