Joined on 09/11/02
A good deal
Pros: A great overclocking processor; i hit 3.0ghz easily, with virtually no effort on my part, once i understood to manually set the memory divider.
Cons: Pretty much buries AMD at all price points.... competition is good in the long run. Fan can get loud at full load.
Overall Review: It's a 3.0ghz Core 2 Duo for 80.00$ shipped with a half decent overclocking boards. You have to spend a great deal more to get any significant improvements over these results. Setting the FSB at 300 is almost a requirement for this processor, as it allows a perfect memory divider to knock the memory back down to default speeds. With a motherboard supporting all the necessary overclocking variables, i would be surprised if any processor didn't hit 3.0.
Horrible hair dryer of constant crashing
Pros: It runs TF2 at 60fps at 1920x1200. It boots fast with Windows 8.1.
Cons: It screams like a banshee, it crashes constantly. Plastic exterior shell components show hairline scratches and signs of wear.
Overall Review: This excitement at moving away from flaky, large, noisy custom-built PCs to custom designed Windows PCs that show Apple-like attention to detail has been put paid by this much louder machine that crashes virtually constantly, runs its CPU at idle around 90c, and screams like a angry banshee when doing anything intensive, such as tasks like copying files from a USB drive, booting up, or surfing the internet. Good luck if you try to play a game. Built like a rice burner on the outside with a super car engine inside the combination goes down like a house on fire. It just generates too much heat for the cramped shell to deal with. It maxes out over 80w at load, the fans scream at startup, and you count yourself lucky if they slow down to "irritating" speed during your session. The whole package is itself something of a black box and not even Catalyst drivers quite know what this thing is, and even GPU-Z can't identify anything about the graphics card itself. It seems to have been custom built by Gigabyte based on a reference design that it not at all common. Atlhough i did manage to install Steam and get a game running the OS promptly flaked out not a few minutes later and forced me to wipe all the drivers and programs and reinstall them all. Memtest86 shows no errors after 6 hours. I bought this review-unseen and greatly regret the purchase. There's a reason Mac Mini's have yet to be surpassed in the PC space.