Summary: Easy to install, Cool and Quiet works very well. AMD processor has enhanced virus protection. Good Value for money. An excellent choice for an all around everyday computer. There is good performance at a reasonable price point. You need to have at least 1Gig of Ram for you to enjoy your computer.
Pros: Good speed for the price, good for graphics application
Cons: Not a dual core processor, all processors are now coming with dual core or quad core.
Summary: Compared to a winchester core 3000+, this 3800+ venice core is noticeably more robust. Using the same heat pipe from Arctic Cooler (recommended) the CPU temps are manageable at max load 55c with near silent operation.
Pros: Superior Venice Core with under one hundred dollar, Excellent thermal management, no BIOS update needed (NF3) and Compliments Low Latency RAM
Cons: High Wattage Requirement, Single Core, Overclock headroom less than slower models
Cons: Terrible locking arm on heatsink. The arm does not have the locking hook on it to keep the arm in place causing multiple heat related crashes. Put stock heatsink from AMD 64 3000 on and am now up and running.
Summary: In retrospect, I should have gone with a cheap dual core instead. My logic was that this processor will only be used in a secondary/back-up/LAN-party gaming box; I thought that this would be sufficient. But every time I do something non-gaming I feel like this processor is having a hard time.
Pros: Cheap. Got it to 2.6 without really doing anything much. I would go further but all I have is cheap parts. Great for gaming, especially all the old games.
Cons: Single core in a multi-core world. I have a dual core 4400 in my primary box and I guess I’m spoiled but even though this cpu is clocked higher, it feels twice as slow when booting up and when trying to do a lot of tasks.