- 45nm Thuban 125W
- 6MB L3 Cache
- 6 x 512KB L2 Cache
Great CPU 04/02/2013
A lot of power for the price I paid. I've had it over two years and have had not a single issue with it. I've played quite a few games with the settings and resolution cranked up and I can honestly say I can't remember this ever being the bottleneck one time against my DDR3, GTX 460, GTX 670, or my HDD for gaming. When I use it to encode MP4 out of DVD, it does it flawlessly. I can even still get on FB and watch videos, etc. without it showing any significant signs of getting bogged down WHILE ENCODING VIDEO. Even if I run this CPU at 70% clock, it still monster trucks through every thing. If I'm not gaming/encoding video, when I put my hand behind my case, there is practically no more heat than the ambient air.
The fan can get a bit loud and if you don't have a decently laid out case, it will warm up a lot. It does have a 'thermal design power' of 125watts, but I don't care about that since I'm not trying to save a whopping several dollars a year.
Performance/cost ratio for AMD is much higher than Intel in this range. While Intel may be ahead in 'clock for clock' or 'single thread performance', in a practical application of any type of significant load AMD is just as good and actually often beats Intel under heavy workload multitasking applications dollar for dollar.
I built the PC this is in with a GTX 460. I've since replaced that with GTX 670 after 16 months. Now nine months later the 670 has died, I've put the 460 back in and am waiting on RMA from Zotac who's customer service is terrible. I've had good luck with this CPU. I think I'll buy an AMD GPU next time.
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