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On Linux, simply fantastic performance for heavy VM and multitasking at this price range. Nothing Intel has at this price is even close
With the proper motherboard, excellent scaling.
Overall, 3.5x the performance of my old Core 2 Duo, some benchmarks as high as 6x
With the right Heatsink, BIOS settings and design, power use and thermal issues are manageable and not bad at all.
Far more performance per dollar than most other CPUs for my workload.
Still games well too !
All AMD CPUs have VM support !
Works well with Mint Linux and lm_sensors if configured.


AMD would rather play games and act like fools for a month than share a simple datasheet, a once standard practice by chip makers. Intel will offer 500 pages of design information, but AMD treats the now aging FX series like a State Secret of the Soviet Union ! Quit hiding your problems, AMD, you are hurting yourself more.
Having to work through thermal issues was much harder than it needed to be, since I did not have datasheets.
For non-scaling workloads, or software than does not multithread well, the Intel has superior performance, lower temps and lower TDP for such workloads.
OEM Heat sink is really disappointing

Other Thoughts:

The thermal issues for this chip can be handled, I used a Logisys 400 Beta heatsink, Artic Silver 5 and made changes in the BIOS. But this issue would have been easier to deal with, and easier to help others with if AMD did not turn into jerks with no clue as to what customer service is when you ask for a Datasheet. Any other CPU maker who sells to the public makes Datasheets widely available. AMD acts like a child hiding a problem, and if they where more open about, I am convinced the issues could be more easily dealt with. An egg knocked off for AMD being foolish.

On Linux, hosting multiple VMs while running programs on bare metal, the FX-6300 really shines ! I have seen Hyperthreading cause issues because sometimes even HT aware Operating Systems cannot "see" the true nature of the virtual cores from inside the VM. The real cores on the FX series are far better and provide a much more consistent performance. No Intel CPU at this price performs like this for my workloads.

For gaming the FX-6300 does quite well, a good choice for those who wish to mix gaming with productivity. For "pure" gaming and non scaling workloads (lame MP3 and other things that are "single core" in their CPU usage), the quad core's higher clock speed might be better, or even the Intel CPUs do far better here.

With my M5A97 LE R 2.0 motherboard, I can even run as few as 4,2 or 1 core for long overnights spend downloading as I sleep. Performance per watt is not that bad for my loads and thermal issues can be managed.

For the money, far more bang per buck than anything Intel makes. Nothing else can both game and scale for multitasking at this price range.

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