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Item#: N82E16819116945
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Pros:

HD graphics runs my HTPC video at 1080p with no issues so far.
Runs cool (with no overclocking)
Perfect for my setup

Cons:

There's an issue with HDMI audio on the 4600 HD Graphics. You'd think it was an issue with the motherboard and in fact my fix was done through the MOBO for right now, but I do think the issue is with the i3 drivers (even the latest drivers have this issue as of the date of this review). Read on.

I have a Gigabyte H81M-HD3 with this, and the HDMI is plugged straight into my TV. When the TV is turned off and back on, Windows loses the HDMI audio and only a reboot would bring it back. I tried every version of every driver and in every combination you can imagine between the CPU And Motherboard. Nothing helped. Intel wanted to divert me "go get the latest drivers" which of course I had tried 100 times.

This was actually resolved by contacting Gigabyte who provided me with an unreleased alpha version of the F4 BIOS. After flashing with this, the problem went away. I know you're thinking 'well, this sounds like a motherboard issue'. I know it does. And actually it could very well be, however if you search the web, everyone is having these problems, not just Gigabyte. ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, and even the Intel boards are all having this issue with the HD 4600 graphics/HDMI audio. So it's a widespread issue with the 4600 across multiple brands. I have a Gigabyte MB with an i7 HD4000, and HDMI doesn't lose audio on it. Because of that, my experience and gut tells me Intel is the culprit, though I admit I could be incorrect.

I have read reports of this not being an issue when plugging HDMI into a monitor with built in speakers, but for a TV, it's definitely a known issue.

Other Thoughts:

Since the BIOS update, I haven't really had a problem with this chip. I really like it, and as long as you have a game plan for this contingency (if it even applies to you because I know not everyone is using this for an HTPC), I'd recommend this. It's a good little processor. Just be aware of the things I mentioned.

The reason I'm taking an egg off is because the issue I mentioned has been around since the chip was released according to the web, and Intel is still saying their techs are "working on a solution". I feel they're diverting everyone until all the board manufacturers come up with a fix for nagging customers. Again, just speculation, but there you have it.

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