Pros: Quad Core, low TDP, Tweakable, Great Performance
Cons: Locked Multiplier, No HT, HD 2000 graphics
I bought this CPU almost a year ago, and i've no intention of getting rid of her anytime soon!
I first put this chip into a H61 board - which offered me only limited tweaking features - I was able to increase the CPU clock multiplier up to 31 or 3.1ghz - a modest increase of 200-300mhz on stock speeds..
That said, this processor is very well equipped. it's benchmarks @ stock put it just ahead over the previous intel generations i7 920 and i7 860 cpus
I have since upgraded my motherboard to a P67, which offered the full 35x multiplier and with that managed to get clock speeds of up to 3535 mhz (3.5ghz) , at that rating the CPU is capable of matching an i7 950 @ stock - pretty good going for the runt of the Sandybridge i5 litter
The HD 2000 graphics imbedded in the CPU is fair, not brilliant - with a little tweaking i was able to get a Gaming Rating on WEI of 6.0 - not bad for an integrated GPC
Definitely a great processor, there are better ones out there - and they are all far more expensive than this one - i guess it just depends how much your not willing to spend!!
Great Processor - Fast and Efficient