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Pros: 6.5 WEI at stock speeds. Unmatched quality. Zero failures.
Cons: Doesn't come with a heatsink/fan (but, then again, I always upgrade them anyway).
Overall Review: What are these people talking about??? I've built over 10 computers for our small office in the last year with stricly AMD Athalons and have never had one arrive or become defective (and this is a machine shop where the air is extremely filthy).
I really think other's bad reviews are based on either damage during shipping, incorrect handling or improper installation, or possibly they fried it by trying to OC it.
Again, I am dumbfounded by these bad reviews. Pay them no mind.
Pros: Cheap price.
Cons: The pins were bent on the CPU. I had to bend them back with tweezers. The CPU was shipped in a single plastic cpu cover, which may have contributed to the bent pins.
Overall Review: The CPU price outweighs the seemingly rampant bent pins. I suspect it may be packaging and therefore the 60$ non-oem version may be the best bet.
Pros: purchased this processor to replace a 2.9 ghz x2 brisbane processor in my server. I have seen an improvement in performance due to the smaller lithography and twice the l2 cache vs the brisbane chip. swapped it in place and booted it up without any problem.
Cons: doesn't heat the room any more.
Overall Review: It's reported to unlock to a 3 or 4 core processor withe the right motherboard.
Pros: Only a few dollars more (with the recent discount) than the Sempron 145, yet double the cores and L2 cache. Zips right along.
Overall Review: Arrived with no bent pins, although the small holder was not taped shut. Dropped it in and she took off running. Well worth the money for a dual-core.
Pros: Phenomenal for a cheap light gaming rig
Cons: A bit lacking on it's upper end performance , but what do you expect for $50 ?
Pros: With Thermaltake Frio it idles at 32c and 40c under full load, very cool! I was able to take it from 2.9ghz to 3.5 (14.5x242) on stock voltage (1.35) 24/7 stable. @ 3.5 it nets a 5150 CPU score in 3DMARK vantage (with 1623 ghz DDR3).
Cons: It will bottleneck a 6870 in CPU heavy games like Starcraft 2, and can slow down a few FPS's.
Locked Multiplier, so make sure you have reasonable memory if you plan on overclocking.
Overall Review: My iMac went off the deep end, so i couldn't hold out on a new build. Ill be ready to drop BullDozer in when its released (hopefully Sept. 19th)
AMD 245x2 2.9 @ 3.5
ASUS Sabertooth AM3+
XFX Radeon 6870 1gb
Intel 320 80gb ssd
3 WD 2tb in RAID 5
Lian Li k-63
Antec 620w Gamer series
Pros: - worked no issues, even with the packaging smooshed
Overall Review: I am an idiot and didnt notice it did not come with a heatsink or fan. So be sure you include a heatsink/fan in your order
Pros: If you want to upgrade your system for little $$, this would be a good option. Very fast for an everyday use system.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Usually this pin architecture will have 1 or more pins slightly bent making it a chore to install into the MB socket. All pins were perfect and dropped right in!