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Excellent CPU undone by whiny fan
on December 3, 2010
I recently built a desktop PC for everyday use with this CPU, a Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB mini-itx motherboard, Lian-Li PC-Q07 tower and a Microcenter 64GB SSD. The performance of the machine overall is fantastic. This is quite a step up (expected of course) from the dual-core Atom D525 mini-itx setup that I was using before albeit quite a bit more expensive. WEI rating for this processor is 7.0 which is also impressive for Intel's nearly bottom-of-the-line Clarkdale offering. Being the third one of these type of processors I've installed recently, installation was pretty easy. Just know ahead of time that getting the heatsink pins to properly seat in the motherboard is going to require a bit more force than feels comfortable but that's what it takes.
The one nit I have with this processor package however is the stock heatsink fan (minus one star). It's very whiny. My Antec EA380D PSU is silent, there's no HDD noise because I have an SSD, but now I hear this whiny fan that just gets worse when the temps ramp up. It seems to constantly adjusting speeds. It's just really annoying. I might consider replacing it with a better aftermarket cooler.
Overall though, it's great. I've got another one that I am going to make an HTPC with and then I'll get to test the HD video/audio capabilities. I will come back and update this review with that experience.
--- Update 12/20/2010 ---
The fan is something you would think you'd get used to but it's awful. It's PWM controlled by the motherboard and everything you do changes the speed and pitch of the fan. I can actually here it across the room. Now I've got to drop $30 on a new heatsink/fan in addition to what this already cost. If you're at all affected by noise, this might not be the processor for you.