Summary: I was able to unlock the 4th core on mine and is stable. I was also able to 3.5Ghz out of it after increasing the front side bus. it has performed very well so far and I would recommend it one.
Great CPU 3 core can be unlocked into a quad core easy!
16 March 2011
Summary: This cpu can be unlocked into a quad core. When you do it correctly (with certain motherboards) can be unlocked in to AMD Phenom II x4 (denob or w/e it's code name is called). It requires a motherboard with a certain north and south bridge. (look on google). Essentially making this $70 dollar processor on newegg.com............. a $140 dollar processor for the un-enlightened.
Summary: Overclock to 3.2Ghz simple, I am sure it will go higher. Wish I could unlock the 6MB Level 3 Cache, or the 4th core, motherboard doesn't support it. I was concerned the 512k level 2 cache would hold it back, I can't notice a difference from a x2 260 with the 1MB cache.
Summary: Excellent processor, I recommand strongly. It's fast, can be unlocked 4th core, doesn't warm a lot and can handle big applications for a very little price. For me it's the best performance/price rapport of the moment.
Summary: Purchased this to replace my old 5000+ Black Edition CPU. This one is very good I can play all games on normal setting and some on high settings like Dirt 2. Bad Company 2 plays very smooth on medium settings. So if you want something for decent gaming this is a good CPU. Running Win 7 32-bit with a 8800 GTS 640MB video card and I love this CPU with no need to overclock.