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Intel Core i3-3220T Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 2.8GHz LGA 1155 35W Desktop Processor                                                                                   Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220T
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Overall a great product, low power and enough CPU to actually do the work needed. I bought 3x of these for a mini-itx cluster. Very low watts, very low price, very low heat was my goal. Technically with a passive cooling heatsync and enough case vents you could get away with just that, I kept the default heat sync... no issue, very little noise. Combined with an SSD and a motherboard with SATA-6 its a great little mini-compute with very low costs and low power consumption. If you are thinking about beating a cloud provider like (amz or rackspace) prices for your own mini-farm this is the way to go, and you get 10x the performance.

Cons: None. Just that newegg stopped selling it otherwise I'd be buying 7 more.

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Antec ISK 110 VESA Black ABS plastic / 0.8 mm SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 90W External Adapter, Up to 92% Efficiency Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: * Good ventilation mini-itx server
* Small footprint (about size of dictionary in depth, smaller than a normal book in height)
* Power supply compact and 90W (energy use) and doesn't emit noise (hum or otherwise)

Cons: * provided cable from PSU to motherboard is just barely long enough for my layout (asus mini itx 1155), was a bit of a snug fit (N82E16813131878)
* PSU on my MB is right next to RAM which combined with short size of cable makes rams with larger footprint impractical in this case. my ram used had no heatspreaders (N82E16820233270)

Other Thoughts: pay special attention to RAM used with this build. RAM with large heat-sinks will be a battle.

90W power is not a problem with the components I used below, YMMV. Default CPU and heatsink as 35W CPU take very little heat (I think the 90W power supply is generating more heat than the 35W CPU).

Motherboard:
ASUS P8H61-I R2.0 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAM:
CORSAIR 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV16GX3M2A1333C9

CPU:
Intel Core i3-3220T Ivy Bridge 2.8GHz LGA 1155 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220T

SSD:
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MX MKNSSDCR120GB-MX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Overall good benchmarks

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent memory for the price. Not doing anything crazy but for my sandybridge 2600k they run at 1600Mhz (had to go into motherboard and set these timings).

Cons: Dont like the stickers...

Other Thoughts: Haven't really pushed these in overclock... but for VM usage 16GB is nice!

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Terrance S.'s Profile

Display Name: Terrance S.

Date Joined: 07/12/05

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/14/10
  • Last Review: 11/03/12
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
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