Viriyena
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Last seen 13 months ago.
Intel
Core i7 930 - Poor 15 months ago.
Processors

— Don't be fooled by the "i7" name. It performs like a Core 2 Quad with Hyperthreading. Overall performance is fine, but the processor is so insanely power hungry that your power bill will actually take a small hit. Similar to FX processors, it is a glorified space heater with bad IPC.

Intel
Core i3-7100U - Average 15 months ago.
Processors

— I can't say I love this processor, because despite its good performance, the issue is less the processor than all the components that end up paired with it. It's often paired with low-speed hard drives and little to no RAM.

Intel
Atom N550 - Terrible 15 months ago.
Processors

— Installs Windows. Just. It can only handle 2 GB of RAM. Multitasking is a nightmare. Single threaded tasks run so poorly, it bottlenecks even some faster hard disk drives. 8.5W envelope is nice, but there are far better processors in similar envelopes. 32-bit Windows 10 is absolutely atrocious, and it struggles even with 7 Starter. Bad buy when new, especially bad buy nearly a decade later. There is nothing redeeming about nearly any device running this processor.

AMD
C-50 - Average 15 months ago.
Processors

— Very, very slow performance overall. However, it's a 9 year old processor with a 9W envelope, and it kicks the tar out of any Atom of that generation in anything except more highly-threaded tasks.

AMD
Radeon R5 240 - Excellent 15 months ago.
Graphics Cards

— Fantastic upgrade for an aging Athlon II based SFF unit with Nvidia GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 graphics. Makes the entire computer work as it should rather than getting caught up on every tiny graphical detail. Overall, it's a must for any SFF PC to have one of these in it.

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-11700K $380Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $31Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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