Summary: I bent the pins on one of these I owned a bunch of times. I was able to bend them back each time. Then one day a couple pins broke off and the chip still worked, still overclocked just fine for years in a system I built for my grandfather.
Pros: I unlocked mine and overpaid for a shim. This was a good thing however, because on water or air, most XP series chips could show IMMEDIATE performance gains with even the slightest overclocks. Take a T-Bred like this and get a really high OC and yeah, this was around the time Intel and AMD really...
Cons: Not a con but I sure wish AMD could deviate from the generations of the same socket design philosophy. I never had a good time mounting waterblocks to AMD boards. Socket A or later. Period.
Summary: It does not do any better than the processor that it replaced. I have upgraded this old XP computer as about as much as I can upgrade it. Getting this processor was the last element in the puzzle. Off line, it is fine, just as the 1800 processor was, but on line, it functions about the same...slow.