Summary: I unlocked this with my Biostar A880G motherboard - with a change in the drop down in the bios. Windows now shows this as Athlon II X4 645! The processing index bumped from 6.8 to 7.3! Best of all, I bought this for the price of a regular Intel Dual Core! My desktop is now even faster than my new laptop with Core i3 370M!
Summary: I'm pretty happy with this processor, it idles (light web-browsing/doc-editing) around 26-31C (thats core temp, tmpin0 ~40C) for me depending on the ambient temperature. I chose this particular model because it was very high on the perf/$ rating for the passmark cpu benchmark. To me the only reason to buy intel processors for desktops it seems are bragging rights.
Summary: This processor works really well. Mine did not unlock to 4 core(stable) but it says it's 3 core so I'm satisfied that it works as advertised. Since It's only 95w it's a great little power saver. :) I would definitely recommend this processor to family and friends since it's works well and anything over 4 cores is probably overkill unless you're work demands the extra power. This is good enough for games and normal computer use!
Summary: I recently upgraded my 6 year old desktop. It was becoming impossible to perform intensive tasks and play new games, so I replaced nearly all the parts. Here are my specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit AMD Athlon X3 445 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM Biostar A880G+ Motherboard GeForce 9400GT Graphics Card with 1GB DDR2 RAM 1TB Hard drive + 200GB drive from old computer 300W PSU from old computer This thing is FAST compared to what I was used to.
Summary: This CPU is very fast, very inexpensive, and if you are lucky (and have an appropriate motherboard), you can unlock an extra core. I didn't buy this CPU for gaming performance though, I bought it for energy savings. I have several aging Pentium 4 and Socket 939 systems that are in use by family and they needed something better and not so power hungry (they have a nasty habit of leaving them on 24/7). The Rana processor definitely fits the bill.
Summary: if i could afford it i would have purchased an intel processor. however you just can't beat amd with their line of affordable processors. and since even for gaming a decent graphics card is all you really need, this processor is more than enough for everyday use. the stock fan/heatsink is really small, however the processor stays really cool, idles at ~42C and ~58C at max load.
Summary: Bought this CPU for building a new computer. At 3.1GHz and 3 cores this has all the power and speed anyone will ever need (Except for maybe hardcore gamers and video editing/encoding). I give this CPU 5 stars as it is stock out of the box. The fact that with my Gigabyte motherboard also purchased here, I was able to unlock the CPU to a QUAD CORE Phemon II is just icing on the cake.
Summary: I decided to build one more computer. After reading all the reviews and choosing a gigabyte motherboard, I chose the AMD CPU and couldn't be more pleased. Everything went together well and I have found no glitches or problems in this Athlon AMD processor. I am using Windows 7 and it proves to be very solid compared to some of the other window programs. I would recommend this AMD processor to anyone who's looking for dependability.