Summary: very good little basic quad core at stock 3Ghz, paired with a 550Ti it ran nearly everything i threw at it flawlessly. cpu mark is quite low compared to today's standards. just being slightly above my Athlon II x3 2.9Ghz. its a good solid budget quad core by amd for a mid-high end gaming pc build.
Summary: replaced amd rangor dual core in a dell inspiron 570 with little problem....just make sure of compatibility. running corel video x3 studio was a cinch with no more app crashes....definitely noisier, but well worth the upgrade.
Summary: yes, the Athlon II does not have any L3 cache, but that fact doesnt really hurt the performance very much, when you compare a Phenom II X4 to an Athlon II X4, the Athlon is more worth the money, but if you have a little more cash lying around the Phenom in general will offer you great performance...
Summary: Got this for my sons computer which was an upgrade from a duel core chip. This chip runs great for everyday tasks although he uses his machine for gaming hasn't noticed a big difference in performance but overall this runs cool and not hot like some of the other AMD chips.