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To those who are considering Sandy Bridge but can't affor the 2500k/2600k, I wanted to clear something up that I've found to be the case. I recently bought an Intel mATX mobo and a Pentium G620. Now whenever I see Pentium, I always just assume that because it's not a Core i3, i5, or i7, its total crap.

Not so! So if you're considering Sandy Bridge on a budget, then have no fear of the Pentium G620. It's a really snappy chip and (for what it's worth) gets a 6.8 on WEI. Integrated graphics on it are decent too. It IS locked, so don't expect to OC it, but you shouldn't have to for most tasks.

This particular chip I have never rises above 60 degrees under P95 with the stock cooler, and actually performs rather well. I mean, sure, it loses hands down to my i7-840QM, but it's still a good chip.

Anybody else have this one, or any thoughts on it?
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Its a fairly solid chip other then the fact it cannot do any HD playback at all, which was a disappointment as I bought it originally to be thrown into my HTPC. Ended up having to get a dedicated gpu in order for 720p or 1080p.

I'd recommend it to someone whose looking for a budget build and doesn't need any hd playback, but that's really about it.
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The Pentium G620 shows impressive performance in this review.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/pentium-g850-g840-g620_2.html

Considering the low price and low power consumption, G620 is an amazing cpu.

Arinoth, are you watching films in windows media player or VLC or what?

windows media player and VLC are single-threaded, as far as I know. Try "Splash Lite". It's a very powerful video player and also supports gpu acceleration. I will be very suprised if a Pentium G620 can't smoothly play 1080p films in Splash Lite.

By the way, my Atom N270 netbook can smoothly play most 720p videos. It plays all the 720p videos which I tried on it. 1080p chokes bad though.
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