Summary: It's a great CPU, and still holds it's own to this day, it has it's limitations, but, it's held up much better than I thought it would over time. It overclocks nicely, no volt mods, air cooled, and able to run as high as 2.75ghz stable, not bad.
Pros: I've had this since 2006, it still works great, I'm running it OC'd on air @2.7ghz, I could easily take it higher, but won't on air. (Need a nice liquid cooler, or something..) I can still play most modern games with this and the rest of my build at fairly high settings. (ex: I was running Oblivi...
Cons: Well, it's a great cpu, but really cpu heavy modern games requiring quads, etc, can bring it down a bit. (The only game I've played that I would call unplayable, is GTAIV, even on low, it was running like 15-30fps, depending on the scene.)
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.
Pros: over clocks like a charm, stays cool,1MB L2CACHE,Cheap
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.
Pros: Price, San Diego Core, 1MB L2 Cache & 939 Socket
Summary: Before I purchase this CPU, I was considering between AMD Athlon 64 San Diego 3700+ and 4000. Because 4000 was OEM which is not contained Heatsink and cooler, I ordered this item. Now, I overclocked to 2.6Gh with no additional voltage and a basic cooler. Excellent item ever.
Pros: I upgraded from Pentium 3 series. Of course, it is much faster. BN gives good overclocking rates, too.
Summary: Wouldn't it be nice if it were only one really superfast CPU for every PC... I digress.
Pros: The heat output from this processor(89W) is quite low. I recieved measurements of circa 45C @ idle to <= 55C full load. The mem. controller on the K8 CPU releases the mobo from performance limitations, blah, blah, etc. Beautiful proc. for <$100. I OC'ed mine to 2695 MHz(i.e. 11 x 245) it's a step...
Cons: what do expect? it is, as it is a few hundred million transistors. Perhaps that it is not true artificial intelligence on the CPU die!!! lol