- 22nm Haswell 84W
- 8MB L3 Cache
- Intel HD Graphics 4600
Low Power Draw, Fast, and Great for Budget Hypervisor Build 04/10/2014
I build two systems with this processor for use as a home lab running VMware ESXi. These CPUs are great for my budget build. Really fast processors that draw little power. Supported VT-D, VT-x, even has onboard video support (saved me money and PCIe slot). I am running it in the ASUS Z87-WS motherboard with G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (F3-1600C9Q-32GXM) memory and is very stable.
I have read these Haswell chips can run hot, but I am using a Corsair H100i Hybrid cooling system and my temps are really cool. Idles around 30 degrees Celsius and with a full load (100% utilization on all cores) using Prime95, the temps go up to around 60 degrees Celsius. Soon as you stop the tests, the temps come back down 30 degrees Celsius again immediately. You can't over clock the non-K series chips but I don't play that over-clocking game any ways.
I would buy them again if I had it to do over again.
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