Rated 5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maru Optimal processor
I've select this processor for power consumption. In essence it's the same as other same class processors with TDP set at 45W. In my books that is optimal performance at very cool temperature. Used it both for work and games and have nothing to complain about.
14 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Haravikk Fantastic Processor
This particular processor model fills a strange niche; it's low-energy, but has extremely good performance, which is going to limit who is interested in it. Most people looking for low-energy have modest needs, so an i3 is often plenty, while those looking for high performance don't often care about going with a 65W or higher TDP value.
Where this processor really shines however is in. small form factor systems for professionals, where you still need plenty of CPU performance for running modest workloads or a lot of multi-tasking. Anything that is space-constrained but requires strong performance will benefit from this processor's impressive performance.
I opted to pair mine with an Akasa Euler passively cooled thin Mini-ITX case (also available on Scan); the Euler recommends 35W as the upper limit, but this processor seems to run well enough with a bit of throttling under heavy load (and the case becomes an extra radiator for the room). Even in these conditions the performance really can't be faulted, as it can handle Handbrake encoding on all eight logical cores.
While no-one looking for serious gaming performance should settle for integrated graphics, the HD4600 on this processor is also worthy of note; it still outperforms the HD5000 (only Iris branded parts are better), and can easily handle modest titles like Civilisation V and Beyond Earth, plus it does a good job of running Skyrim at HD resolutions; especially with the CPU clout to back up these processor-bound titles. It can even run unreasonably demanding tasks like Second Life (albeit with of the really high-end shaders turned off) without complaint.
So, while it can be a pain to get since it needs to be ordered in especially (and I did encounter additional delays beyond the initial estimate), this is a very capable processor for the amount of power it sips. It flies through both single-threaded and multi-threaded workloads without lagging all that far beyond more power hungry models, and it could make a great processor for a powerful, but small form-factor, gaming system, if paired with the right GPU.
09 November 2014