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This review is from: Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646G3258
Pros: Insanely fast.
Big caches mean big performance. For multiprocessing tasks the big, dedicated cache really helps.
Dual-core (see Cons).
Cons: Dual-core but no hyperthreading, but this isn't such a bad thing since it means each CPU core will be using its full fair share of the cache memory. Even though the pipeline won't be kept as full as possible (which is why Intel uses hyperthreading), you won't notice. For multiprocessing tasks the big, dedicated cache really helps.
You won't like the heatsink/fan bundled with it. It's a little too small and the smaller fan spins faster and more loudly to compensate.
Other Thoughts: I just bought another one of these gems on sale. If you're looking for the cheapest bang for the buck possible, this is it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This card has a Broadcom BCM5721 chipset.
This card works with VMware ESXi 5.5 U2.
Cons: The RJ-45 socket on the card I received is very, very tight. I'm not sure why, but I have the similar "low-cost" Newegg item #9SIA1JM1ZD6387 which is not tight.
Just like the other card, the chip gets very hot and you'll burn your finger on it. You might want to consider sticking a VGA heatsink kit to the chip cool it down.
Other Thoughts: There are three versions of the Broadcom BCM5721 chipset, but they do not vary in performance, just power consumption and thermal requirements. This is a good card for a VMware ESXi 5.5 U2 server with reasonably good airflow.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This card is compatible with VMware ESXi 5.5 U2.
This card has a Broadcom BCM5721 chipset.
The card is low-profile and is very short.
Cons: The chipset gets frighteningly hot. You can burn your finger on it. You might consider attaching a VGA heatsink to it.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure what "low cost version" means because this isn't the mobile version of the Broadcom BCM5721 chipset, but the desktop version.
The card is much shorter than the similar Newegg item #9SIA1JM1193973. Looking at the Broadcom web site, there are three families of this chipset, and none of them appear to vary in network performance, so any of these will give you good performance.