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Pros: For all things considered this is the best CPU for a HTPC, when mated with a 780G motherboard. Intel CPUs idle frequency is 1600MHz (w/ C1E enabled), but this CPU idles @800MHz and sips tiny amount of power. Installed in a 780G board passively and the whole setup consumes ~30W. (from the wall outlet) That's less power consumption than a 35W light bulb!
Cons: Can't think of any
Other Thoughts: This is THE CPU to get for a media PC that needs to be stand-by all the time. You don't want to wait for your PC to finish boot just to watch a recorded TV show or a movie.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Only F3 stepping Windsor with 2x512KB L2 cache. F3 Windsors are the best performing AM2 stepping to date, IMO. Default vCore is 1.18V and runs extremely cool. Oh and tell me about overclocking. I'm running this CPU on an mATX board (BIOSTAR 7050) @3.0GHz with just 1.312V. Simply amazing.
Other Thoughts: Got this CPU with Call of Juarez game bundle for mere $65. Feel like I almost got this CPU for free. Haha.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Purchased this kit for someone else's build. I bought generic 2GB sticks for myself to save cost, but for a system that's not mine, I didn't want to take a chance. This kit turned out to be an excellent choice overall. Was able to run 4-4-4 timings at 800MHz with just 2.0V. Ran Memtest for 12 hours without a single error.
Cons: None at the moment.
Other Thoughts: For people who want to build a 4GB system: 2x2GB is the way to go. (instead of 4x1GB) With 4 sticks, you will end up stressing memory controller a lot more, and there is double the chance of one of the sticks going bad. (Not to mention more heat dissipiation)READ FULL REVIEW