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Pros: Works in picky mobos, get 2x1GB if you want to OC. Never heated up. Reliable as expected.
Would get 5 eggs if it had tighter timings when voltage and timing is manually set.
Cons: Hard to OC when 4 slots filled, regardless of memory vendor.
This is as expensive as 2x1GB, so no reason not to get 2G.
You can get 1Gig sticks with Micron D9 chips for this price now, so why not?
Other Thoughts: Q6600 with M0 stepping rocks!
680i boards are SOOO easy to play with! P35 comes in close 2nd
Line conditioners and GOOD power supplies help system stability and improve OC.
This review is from: Intel Pentium D 950 Presler Dual-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 775 BX80553950 Processor
Pros: Newegg ROCKS! Nobody beats their service IMHO. Decent prices, and you won't fight about RMA's
Best Intel CPU (ONLY)if you can't run the Core 2 Duo's
For most simple tasks, it' as fast as a C2D, but NOT when you load up the video, Divx, or other CPU intensive programs.
Cons: Runs hot UNLESS you either get the heatsink JUST RIGHT, or you have water cooling. Mine runs at 3.6(air cooled) on a Gigabyte 965 mobo, and it ran 50's IDLE until I used Arctic Ceramique.
Temps now 38C idle, 52C @ 100% CPU use on both cores.
Other Thoughts: Get a Core 2 CPU if you can. I cannot recommend this CPU unless you need some speed and CAN'T upgrade. It really liked a better power supply and line conditioner / UPS. That made it more overclockable. Definitely get a big heatsink/fan unless you like listening to fans whine. Reapply the thermal paste VERY carefully (up to ten times if needs be!) to get it just right.
I have several Pentium D systems, from stock D840 to overclocked D920 @3.7GHz on air. They are all slower than my AMD 4800 X2 (@2.6GHz).
I have Allendale E4500's running at 3GHz that make the latter systems look stupid slow, and I tinkered with a Q6600 at 3.2GHZ on air (just makes you laugh how fast it is). I would recommend the Q6600 on a P35 or 680 mobo for future proofing.
For MUCH cheaper, you can build AMD and get a snappier everyday performance, but 80% (by seat of the pants experience) of raw computing speed for Spybot/ Defrag/ Video encoding,etc.
This review is from: Intel Pentium D 925 Presler Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 95W BX80553925 Processor
Pros: Overclocks well, adequate stock performance.
Cons: The new dual core Pentiums are better if your mobo can handle it
Other Thoughts: This runs hot at stock voltage - high 50's - low 60's (load). Reduce Vcore; 3.4 GHz (906FSB)on 1.30Vcore 46C (both cores full load)READ FULL REVIEW