Summary: It still holds out even today with no signs of real aging (other than the bottleneck that's rearing its head with contemporary games). Retiring this beast in the next few weeks and upgrading to an AM3+ mainboard with a Phenom II X4 955.
Pros: Solid clock speed and performance for it's day and age. Purchased it 5 years ago and it's still running strong with its stock cooler. Can handle all games from the past decade (and a lot of current high-end games, such as Skyrim) on high settings. It's awesome for what it is.
Cons: It's old and outdated now, but that's not really a flaw. There's just plenty of way better CPUs out there now.
Summary: I do suppose the stock Heat Sink isn't that great but I found me a Thermaltake heat sink not too long after the build and fitted it, I did mess up the attachment and the CPU got up to 180F, didn't seem to cause any damage, I fixed it and it rarely runs over 150F on full load.
Pros: 5.4Ghz of Processing Power Pretty darn dependable 3 Years of operation and still going strong as my main computer's CPU
Summary: I can play games from GTA4 to World of Tanks on this chip, and its still able to do it well. Either way, I'm going to be replacing this rig hopfully within the next week or so, I've done a great amount of homework on what is what and what is the best. Its worth it when it lasts this long.
Pros: Its been about 6 years since I built this computer, and its still running strong.
Cons: Its beginning to become outclassed by the newer Processors...
Summary: I just want to give my thanks to AMD for making a product that not only works great, but letting it have the ability to be fixed if you happen to break it. Now I don't have to go out of my way looking for one of these 5000+ processors, which seem near extinct.
Pros: I'm going to share a little story with you all. I've had this processor for over 2 years and it's served me well and has ran fantastically the entire time no hiccups. Then came the day about a week ago when my new processor arrived that I was going to upgrade my machine with; a regor 260. When I ...
Cons: After my experience I really can't say anything negative about this processor.
Summary: best money I ever spent on a computer part.
Pros: Lasted since I built it in in 2007. 5 years, 2 overclocks to 2.9ghz, 2 mobos and 3 vid cards later...It really is an amazing piece of work, and tomorrow i replace it with a thuban 1100, as BF3 just wont allow it.
Cons: cant OC past 3.0ghz... and that's just fine.
Summary: The fact that this build was a budget project aside, I've overclocked this chip to 3.0Ghz stable on stock cooling. Even with my cheap Jetway board and stock heatsink I've clocked it up to 3.2Ghz (500Mhz per core OC, 1Ghz total) without too much of a problem.
Pros: I remember buying this chip a little over a year ago, and at the time I was shocked stupid at how fast it was when coupled with a budget-grade Jetway board and 2GB of Kingston DDR2 800; it still impresses me. I've run older games (like Ranbow 6 3 and the like lol) on that same system and I've nev...
Cons: It's only a 65W processor... I had to go and actually buy a heater instead of sticking my feet on the computer case this winter... ;]
Summary: I've never looked into overclocking it. It has out-lasted 2 graphics cards.
Pros: Very fast, especially for its time. It has lasted for 4 years of heavy gaming, with games like Battlefield 2, Portal, Command and Conquer, Call of Duty 4, and MUCH more. STILL works, just as fast as it did when it was new.
Cons: I'm surprised it has lasted so long. This thing runs HOT. Averages 50c idle, goes up to 70c when it's really busy.
Summary: It's AMD, thus, far cheaper then intel counterparts. I haven't tried overclocking it, but there isn't too much of a need to. If you're looking for better performance in gaming, you should be concentrating on your graphics card, as higher performance in your CPU is barely noticeable in gaming.
Pros: Extremely efficient for the price. A clear example of why dual cores can still be used for great performance even with modern gaming. I have a 5200+, I'm not sure what the difference is, but mine has 2.71 GHz, so mine is .01 GHz faster then every other 2.7 dual core. Now that's gangsta.
Cons: It ain't a quad core, but really, there's not TOO big of a difference for the most part. It works fine, only real reason you'd want a quad core over this is if you're making a multimedia device, work stations, and high end gaming rigs (if you're going to be playing on multiple monitors...might wa...
Summary: This is sitting in a Asus M3N-HT HDMI/Deluxe 780a tri-sli mobo with 2 2gb sticks of OCZ Fatal1ty DDR2 800's, 2 evga 9800GTX+'s in physX set up, with a coolermaster V8 heatsink (Overkill for this cpu, it NEVER got hot with the stock heatsink, its for the 955 later).
Pros: I've had this in a custom build that i ordered over a year and a half ago. has ran great and has never given me any grief. Now, i've chaged out most of the rig (except the RAM and CPU), and its still running great. I've played alot of games with this cpu, from Doom3 to LOKI, to the new Wolfenstei...