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: 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.
Summary: With the new price on this CPU, it is possibly the best value for a single-core CPU. I used mine for high performance gaming AND video encoding, and it did very well. I replaced it with dual-core processor with a slower clock rate, the X2 3800+. The dual-core hasn't shown any real improvement in speed, but it responds a little better when I'm running video encodes, which is to be expected. I still consider the 3700+ good enough for a high performance system.
Summary: This is a great product that AMD has put out. I have had it for a little over a month with no problems. My last computer had a Pentium 4 and the Pentium 4 processor is not even in the same league as the AMD Athalon. If you want to have a computer for gaming and normal media editing this is the way to go. If you more into the higher end of digital editing check out other AMD processors. I mean this processor is good for what I do...
Summary: I have built many systems with AMD processors, and everyone has been great. This processor is no exception, as it offers great performance at an excellent price. Buying a boxed processor also gives you piece of mind, because AMD warranties boxed processors for 3 years.