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Pros: Quad-core with decent clock-rate
Cons: None other than faster can be bought for more.
Other Thoughts: I bundled the 645 with 4GB of Kingston Value Ram (to match some already owned) for a $100 upgrade to my aging AM3 computer. Money well spent.
After a small FSB overclock to 216, it is running at 3.35 ghz and 1440 mhz on the ram. I could probably get much more out of it, but I just have a slightly better than stock aluminum air cooler and good case airflow and am just looking to make it a little snappier. Scores a 7.4 on the windows experience doodad. 52 C at load and 34 idle with common heatsink (which remember you MUST have and does not come with it!)
Overall I'm very happy. If you have a little extra cash, the Phenoms have a better cache and better overall performance in things like gaming. If you are looking to stay on-budget and upgrade an older chip (I replaced an Athlon 2 240 X2) this gives you a lot of bang for just under $80 bucks.
Runs at good timings with a mild overclock
Low-profile (1/2 height) if things are tight around the memory socket.
Cons: None unless you want heat spreaders.
Other Thoughts: I was looking for an inexpensive upgrade and bundled these with an AMD Athlon II 465 X4 for $100 total. Picked these to match 4GB of Kingston KVR that I already had in my rig and had no complaints about.
On first boot it only read 1 of the 2 new sticks, but after swapping the position of the 2 old and 2 new on the motherboard it fired right up and never looked back. Something must have just been misseated. I just run a small FSB overclock and after a day of gaming they, along with their 2 yr old counterparts, have been completely stable at 1440 mhz with 8-8-8-22-30 timings and T1 command rate. That also makes 3.35 ghz on the processor and new vigor to my older AM3 rig.