Joined on 04/29/07
Very cheap but fast processor
Pros: cheap, fast and quiet with the standard heatsink and fan comes with the package, my system was so quiet, sometimes when the monitor is off, I counldn't really tell if the power is on or not. I was able to overclock this cpu to 3.02ghz (11x 275) with the standard heatsink and fan,very stable. idle temp around 40c. that's a big plus,because you don't need to spend extra money to buy a better cpu fans if you need overclock.
Cons: I bought it couple weeks ago, and it cost me $65, I wish I could wait for 2 more weeks, as the price now dropped to $60.
missing side panel
Pros: only if it works
Cons: coming without side panel, what a joke, talk about quality control.
Overall Review: I have chat with a newegg customer reprentative, even though she helped me setup RMA, but what I really like is to have the missing side panel shipped to me, unforunately, she said newegg cannot do it, but I read comments from previous users who have the same issue that get the side panel shipped to them. I hope this is just a bad mistake from that certain customer representative.. very disasspointed, completely waste of my time.
bad batch 97432
Pros: good looking yellow heatspreader, the name "Cruial Ballistix" sounds kick $ss
Cons: I bought a pair back at March, works fine for about a month, start to getting BSOD,system crash etc, I checked every other components of my pc, cuz I heard good thing about cruial before, the memory is the last thing I can think about to cause the issue, unforunately, after read the recent reviews here, I know I am another victim of the infamous 97432 batch.
Overall Review: RMAing a new pair, hopefully I'll get a different batch other than 97432.
Northbirdge holly smoke hot
Pros: ok, this is my second review for this board, the first one I wrote about a month ago after I purchased this board and I was praising every aspects of this board. but after a extend period of time using it, I found some issue with the board
Cons: the northbridge is smoking hot, let the computer run for 30 mins, and then try put your finger on touch with northbridge heatsink to feel it, my record is 2 seconds, yes, that's how long I can hold my finger there without leave some flesh on it. the SpeedFan read the northbridge temp 83C (with a C, not a F) on idle, and above 100C on load, even though I believe this is a false sensor reading, there is no way it is operate at that temperature, but according to my finger, it's easily 60-70C, how did I found the overheating problem? it's by accident that I leaved my computer open for a night, the next morning when I found the screen is freezed at windows desktop, tried to reboot, windows stopped at the loading screen, consider the system is stable last night, I suspect it's something overheating, open the case, cpu heatsink is just warm, then the northbridge... shut the computer down for 30 min, restart, everything back to normal.
Overall Review: if you run the computer 4-5 hours a day, your probably wouldn't event notice any sign of overheat issue. but if you keep you computer open for a long period of time, the northbridge will overheat itself and make the system became unstable. I bought an aftermarket chipset cooler TherminalTake Spirit II, installed it, ,now the temp is down to normal, , no more crash after long running. Compare this board to other brand, you can see the design flow for this board, Gigabyte put the pcie 1x slot right behind the northbridge, a bigger taller heatsink would block the pcie 1x slot, so they put a flat tiny heatsink there and of course it's not goona get the job done. look at the other brand's 780g board, you will see most of them have the pcie 1x on the other side of the pcie 16x slot, Then bigger and taller heatsink in place for the northbridge. all in all, bad design for Gigabyte. prepare to buy an aftermarket cooler if you plan to use this board
Pros: Price, a bit overlcok headroom, can make a good HTPC build. 65nm really help this baby to run faster than the 90nm version, it's easy to get it over 2.9~3.0ghz on stock headsink. with a little tweak and a more suitable aftermaker cooler, you can make it to 3.1~ 3.2ghz, but that's about the top of it.
Cons: the intel's couter for this cpu is c2d E2140 which price is about $10 higher, on stock frequency, the 4200+ is faster, however, e2140 can be easily overclocked to 3.2ghz, and then the table turns. the price/performance ratio is more favroable for intel
Overall Review: I bought this cpu, because I want to use it with a 780g motherboard for HTPC build. the 780G onboard grahpic make it a great combination for a HTPC, Intel does not have anything that can offer the same performance of a IGP atm, so baiscally, if you are building a HTPC go with this baby + 780G board, if you are a serious overclocker and want maxium perfomance for an under $100 cpu, go with intel E21xx series.