|Processor||3 GHz Pentium G860|
Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor G860 3.0 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623G860
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- Process Type: Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor G860
- Core Count: 2
- Clock Speed: 3.0 GHz
- Intel Smart Cache: 3 MB
- Max Memory Bandwidth: 21.0 GB/s
- Socket: LGA1155
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I'm very pleased, even with the stock cooler, at how cool the chip stays. I imagine this cooler would fit in even the tightest of HTPC cases, it isn't even taller than my RAM which has heat spreaders. It is also quiet. In fact, the only fan I hear most of the time in this system is the GPU can.
The only drawbacks I can think of are that it is only a dual core chip and it is not overclockable.
I paired this chip with a Biostar H77MU3 motherboard and stuck an EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti in there for gaming. I am averaging about 50-60fps while playing Assassin's Creed III on the highest settings. (Not at 1080p, though, as I don't have a screen capable of that.)
This processor came in a small Intel box and included a heat sink with fan. There was thermal past already on the fan so installation was incredibly easy. I had never built a PC before and installing the processor was probably the single easiest part of the build. My advice to anyone building a gaming PC is to get a motherboard that accommodates not only this processor but also the i7 and below, that way if you ever want to upgrade all you need to do is replace it. Easy!
A quick note on the price. I got mine for around $68 bucks but I have seen it fluctuate as low as $60 but as high as $100. So keep an eye on the price before you buy since Amazon often raises and lowers prices daily. $70, give or take a few bucks, appears to be the good, stable price for this processor.
I bought this CPU as a cheap test work horse that was Sandy Bridge so I would not have to sacrifice my Ivy Bridge CPU's. This chip goes in first to update the bios and get a first run on the machine before the more expensive chip goes in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this CPU for my first build. The box seemed pretty standard and came with a stock Intel heat sink. Read morePublished 14 months ago by briarladol
Good price good product. I wouldn't use it for gaming but for everyday use it's great.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been using this processor for over a year and the thing is a workhorse. I use it in my home office PC as a freelance designer paired with 16gb of RAM and barely ever have... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Derek Kalinosky
An Amazing Product at an AMAZING price! I cant tell you how much better my life is thanks to (Add Product Name Here) . Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Stabicus
I bought his for my dad - and used it with 4GB, 500 GB HD, winXP+ubuntu system for him - good stable CPU for what he needsPublished on January 15, 2014 by AveeshIN K.
great for a basic gaming PC. Runs pretty much everything close to maxed out except maybe new games like BF4Published on December 30, 2013 by B. Wood
This is great general purpose processor forthe price. Fast enough for anything except encryption or other CPU intense activities. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Peder Angvall