- 32nm Vishera 125W
- 8MB L3 Cache
- 2 x 2MB L2 Cache
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Never been disappointed 06/18/2014
It's a terrific quad core processor at a high clock speed. It's chewed through everything I have thrown at it so far. It replaced a Phenom II 965, so it had big shoes to fill. I'm glad I skipped Bulldozer and held out for Piledriver, though from what I understand Vishera is the end of the line for AMD's love affair with CPUs. Still, I hope to get another 4-5 years out of this chip that I got out of my PhenomII.
The stock fan. It's really bad. I did two builds with this chip. One was in my own rig with Arctic Silver 5 and an EVO 212 Hyper - even playing FFXIV at max settings the chip never goes above 48c. My friend's build was IDLING at 40ish even with the Arctic silver paste. If you want to really get some life and performance out of this chip, get an aftermarket cooler.
I really like AMD chips. Intel chips are great as well, but a little pricey for my tastes. I like gaming builds that cost 600ish bucks. With an AMD chip, that's more than possible. With this chip, a, R9 270x, 8 GB of Corsair vengeance and a Gigabyte 990fx board I've been able to comfortable play all the games that I like, including XIV and Skyrim at max. If you want to play games and multitask but are on a college budget, AMD is the way to go. Quality product, excellent price.
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