- 32nm Vishera 125W
- 8MB L3 Cache
- 4 x 2MB L2 Cache
- $159.99 –
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Good, But Maybe not Worth the Heat 01/03/2014
Pretty fast. Dirt-cheap for the performance, at least when it first came out.
Produces lots of heat. The stock heatsink is trash. Advertising this as eight cores is somewhat misleading IMO (see below).
I have always preferred AMD due to the price-performance ratio compared to Intel, but after the last few that I have bought, I may be done with them, though. Don't get me wrong, this is definitely a solid processor, but the stock HSF cannot even really handle full power at stock clocks. Even <10% overclock with no voltage increase sends the core temps way past 60 degrees in no time. At ~4.4 GHz, it is also marginally bested by my i5-4430 (84w, 3.0 GHz, all of the power-saving options turned on).
My biggest complaint, really, is that this is advertised as a true eight-core processor, when in reality it has four piledriver modules. Basically, this means that it can run integer instructions from eight threads simultaneously, but the FPUs are shared, with only one per core, and in that regard, it is basically a hyperthreaded quad-core. In my book, this is only slightly less sketchy than calling a quad-core i7 an eight-core processor.
All that being said, if you are not frequently processing large data sets, performing scientific computing, editing super-high res video, or gaming intensively, this processor will give you all the performance that you need, and then some.
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