Summary: Withe the money I saved NOT buying a dual core, I am taking my 3200 Venice and completing a second computer. That's MY idea of being able to multi-task! I have had this proc. running for 2 days and have only taken it to 2.73 on an Arctic Freezer 64 with Arctic Silver. I WILL be going higher!
Summary: AMD's FX series of CPUS have completely unlocked multipliers and are cherry picked to be the best silicon that AMD makes. The latest revision to the FX-55 includes a 90nm die shrink, sse3 instructions, and massive overclockability - many people are getting 3.0GHz on air, and some have gotten 3.6GHz...
Pros: it's the second fastest single core fx CPU to date, superseded only by the fx-57. 1mb L2 cache, newer core with stepping CABCE is basically the same thing as a fx-57. 90nm.
Cons: it's the fastest SINGLE core cpu out there. dual core helps in multitasking, but applications like games don't always benefit from dual/quad core cpus yet. (some already do)