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Pros: Haswell goodness in a very affordable range
socket support still strong
Cons: whiny stock cooler fan.(might just be bad luck on my unit)
cools just fine, but annoying noise
underrated by the ignorant because only 2 physical cores
Other Thoughts: I've always been a budget conscious game PC builder and never felt like the extra money my friends would often spend on builds added that much more to the gaming experience.
Because of that I have bought AMD chips exclusively since 2004. However I am now an Intel convert. This CPU seems tailor made for my needs.
It's very underrated in gaming PC circles.
I replaced a gamer favorite AMD FX-6300 with this little guy and I have seen only improvements in almost everything I do on my PC. Especially older DX9 games and less optimized indie/early access games. I was getting so fed up with so few applications using all the cores on the FX.
I would encourage the enthusiast gamers on a budget who aren't concerned with overclocking seriously give this guy a look over the FX chips. For the price this CPU is hard to beat.
For the record, very few FX chips rate higher on CPU Boss than even the i3-4360 as they don't even list the 4370 yet.
Pros: Compact, light, reasonably priced(got mine discounted which made it a steal).
Doesn't require USB 3.0 to power the drive.
As expected transfer speeds.
Cons: Plastic case.
Depending on your drive could be a non issue.
I have had other small plastic externals with no heat issues.
Other Thoughts: I had none of the problems some have mentioned with getting the cover off and mounting the drive. I had it setup and transferring files in barely over a minute after pulling it out of the box.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: light weight
many nice features
plenty of RAM and a surprisingly cool running HDD
Cons: the CPU, or APU as its called, is kinda slow. It's really the bottleneck of the machine, especially in windows 8 if you want it to look pretty.
However I installed Linux Mint and it looks sharp while running much smoother.
Minor gripe but I like USB ports near the back so plugged in mice dont conflict with tracking surface when your tight on space. This one has 3, all near the front right in the way.
Touchpad has no buttons so right click functionality is clunky, but I hate touchpads and always carry a mouse around.
Other Thoughts: very hard to find a good fitting sleeve or case for this size. Seems this 11.6" is an odd in between size. I ended up finding a nice iPad case that is slightly snug but very workable.READ FULL REVIEW