Summary: I saw the current price on this ($400.00)? and just had to comment. I purchased this cpu 2 years ago for around $139.00, and have to say it was (and still is) a great single core cpu. I have used it for intensive gaming and video editing as well as day to day internet,word processing etc. I have had it overcloced to 2.8ghz (up from the stock 2.2ghz) without a single problem.
Summary: I had this processor since December 2006 It has been over clocked since at least mid January I had it hit up to 2.8GHZ stable from the Default (Stock) speed 2.2GHZ on the heatsink and thermal pad that comes with it. No special air cooling No water cooling. I did raise the vcore voltage up pass the Default setting and it still stays kinda of cool.
Pros: over clocks like a charm, stays cool,1MB L2CACHE,Cheap
Summary: Supposedly this chip can be significantly overclocked. Practically impossible to find this at a good price now since it's the end of the line for this chip. Upside with the box is the 3 year warranty and comes with fan. If you've got a load of PC3200 memory you will want to see if you can go the 939 route but do it quick!
Pros: Plug and play. Significant speed increase over my older Athlon XP 3000+
Summary: i replaced an xp 2000 with an NF2 mobo with this and a biostar NF4 mobo. the difference in speed and performance is very noticable and the price can't be beat. i'm not into overclocking as i would rather have the 3 year warrenty. amd by far gives you the most bang for your buck.
Summary: I picked this chip for my first home built computer. It took a bit of digging to figure out the difference between the CF and the BN part numbers - one is Venice and this one is San Diego. I think San Diego is better because it's the basis of Athlon's FX series. The Athlon website has great tech info including videos on how to install the chip on the motherboard, apply thermal compound and the heat sink.
Pros: Price, San Diego Core, 1MB L2 Cache & 939 Socket
Summary: This is my second Athlon 64 system. I have had no problems at all for over 2 years with my 3200+. Hopefully this San Diego core with will remain as reliable as my old Winchester. You can’t beat the price with this type of performance. I would definitely buy a nice after market CPU fan, especially if you get into over-clocking.
Pros: This CPU offers great speed and decent temperatures even under heavy stress.
Summary: I was looking for a new processor that is good enough for my needs: internet, word processing, compilations. This processor is very good for its price. I even say that it is the best single core processor on the market. A dual core processor costs at least $70 more, but is not quit and not very useful for compilations. This processor is fast and I really found a big difference with my previous Celeron 2.8Gz. This processor is easy to overclock with good motherboard.
Summary: Bought the processor from newegg for less than 100 bucks. I was considering the Venice core with 512KB but decided to go with this one. Installed it in a Foxconn motherboard and it was very easy. Overclocked the processor to 2.53GB (Prime95 stable) without any problem. Didn't try to push it to even higher frequency though. It was 30C when idle and in the 40s when it's under full load. Installed WinXP in about 10 min and everything runs blazingly fast.
Summary: For the lower price, this is a very nice processor. You have the larger cache that the entry level dual cores do not and the speed is very comparable. All my applications and games are running smoothly.
Pros: It's very fast. Really not much difference from the dual core. Runs cool.