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Pros: -High Capacity.
-Cheapest (2x8GB) Kit on the market, when I bought it.
-Passed 5 passes of MemTest 86+ with flying colors.
Cons: -Not... as compatible as I'd have liked in my older Toshiba P775. (See Other Thoughts)
Other Thoughts: After much debugging, I have reached the conclusion that the Intel HD Graphics on my laptop is unable to initialize its memory stake on these larger DIMMs. It will POST, and the BIOS reads all 16GB, but no OS will boot, (Windows, Linux, Flashdrive, PXE, nothing.)
My solution was to use one 4GB DIMM in slot 0, and one of these 8GB DIMMS in slot 1. I can boot OSs in this config, and use all 12GB available. (It seems that the GPU can allocate across a 4GB stick, and the system is compatible with 8GB DIMMS, just not in both slots.)
This of course is not the fault of the memory. I tested them in a different machine which didn't have these limitations, and they work perfectly.
Pros: Performance for days. (Fastest-clocked Intel you can get, except the priciest i7's).
Very low power consumption and heat. (Stock cooler is perfectly adequate for this one.)
Performance for days. (This thing is a monster for gaming, especially for emulators, which are pretty heavy on the CPU)
Full HD graphics goodness. (QuickSync, top-tier 4600 graphics core, multi-display support, etc...)
Performance for days. (The crazy high clock speed makes this faux quad-core haul enough derriere to keep up with all but the most brutal of workloads)
Cons: (Obligatory stock cooler complaint) But it's not inadequate.
Other Thoughts: As a long-time computer enthusiast, I must say this little chip has thoroughly rustled my jimmies.
My main rig is an overclocked, AMD FX octa-core'd, Nvidia SLI'd, RAIDed SSD'd, triple-headed, monster workstation. And I can say from trying it out for a month that (other than video encoding) a system based around this CPU feels snappier and faster than my workstation for just about every task I do with my computer. (I'm a dev, and a gamer, so there's a lot in that list)
As mentioned, video encoding is the only thing this little i3 falls a bit short on. (It's really not that bad, it just doesn't have the cores.)
And actually, if you're okay with the quality of Intel's QuickSync video encoder, the i3 performs very well.
Because this particular i3 exists, I can not understand why anyone would pay extra for an i5.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB LOW PROFILE OC EDITION
Pros: Connectors! This card has a bunch, including full size HDMI (great for Home Theater use) and DisplayPort (maximum convertibility)
Noise! What noise? It's really very quiet, even when it's getting thrashed.
Heat and power consumption! Very cool, and very efficient. (I've got it practically suffocating in a very cramped case, in a poorly ventilated AV cabinet, but it still manages to turbo boost no problem. Max temp I've managed is 75C running furmark)
Powaaaah! Gratuitous. These Maxwell chips don't mess around. I can't remember FPS's off the top of my head, but I haven't had it choke on anything I've thrown at it yet. (not necessarily at uber-maximum settings, but definitely high enough to dazzle)
Cons: Any downsides would be entirely platform specific. I'll mention them in other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: This card is dual slot. Low profile? Yes. But it still takes up two slots.
2GB of RAM may start to show its inadequacy on the very latest of games.
I suggest this be used for HTPC applications, namely because the RAM is hit pretty hard by anti-aliasing, which isn't as necessary from 8ft away on a large TV.