the 2nd generation Intel Core i3 processor with alpha suffix “T” that indicates “Power Optimized Lifestyle” is extremely energy efficient with a max TDP of 35W perfect for all-in-ones and home theatre systems.
The Intel® Core™ i3-2100T is a dual core processor with hyper-threading. The "T" stands for the "Thin form factor" and it does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) designed to work in a small case like a HTPC. We haven't had any problems with 35w processors with the 2nd generation Intel Core processors; heck we have had them in laptops for years. http://ark.intel.com/products/family/59134/2nd-Generati... and you can see a number of 35w CPUs.