- 45nm Rana 95W
- 3 x 512KB L2 Cache
Perfect for my needs. 12/25/2011
Bought this chip after months of research and waiting. This chip was the perfect balance between performance and price. Passmarks cpu list made it easy to compare this chip to others in the same category.
This chip is very fast, and made photo editing in Lightroom3 much quicker than the X2 4000+ I was using before.
Runs very cool with an Arctic Cooler 64 and a fresh coat of Arctic Silver... 16C at idle. 25C full throttle. (temps recorded after 24-hour burn-in.)
I attempted to use the Core Unlocker in the BIOS. The BIOS brought it right up and recognized it as a Phenom X4 B55. Unfortunately Windows7 64-bit and Ubuntu 11.10 Ocelot 64-bit wouldn't boot. W7 BSOD'd and Ubuntu 11.10 simply stopped loading.
It seems that W7 was waiting for the 4th core to send back a signal to enumerate and it wasn't able to. Someone of Geek Status might know more, but this Nerd will simply use the 3 cores he paid for and not look a gift-horse in the mouth. This isn't a con for me, but it could be if this is what you expected from the core.
3 cores is plenty fast enough for what I'm doing. Gamers may need 4 or 6, but photo editing with 8GB of ram is a perfect combo for this chip.
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