Summary: Bought this with an Asus M5A97 Evo 2.0 motherboard, and although I also attached a Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo fan, the original one looks extremely proficient (more so for my non-gaming needs I reckon), so I have that as a back-up. Handles my few needs, live streaming Java, Office, music without breaking a sweat. Runs at 37°C with Office, live market prices on Java streaming, live motorsports and music. That's 98°F to you draconians.
Summary: got this, put it in, and nothing, thought i had a dead CPU..but i had to flash my bios on my MOBO to the most current version (1604) for this to work i have the Sabertooth 990fx rev. 1. it was running at 4.6ghz on Air Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU Heat Sink With Dual Noctua Fans. also bought me a corsair H100i and install that later after i got AMD CPU Fan Bracket Base for AM3 socket my x threw away, so needed another one to install the H100i.
Summary: Combined with a radeon hd 7950, this processor is running most games on extreme/ultra. The included cooler does a nice job at keeping the processor at a decent temperature while staying relatively quiet.
Summary: This AMD CPU is working as it should. My Computer has increased in speed and is somewhat stable. I have an issue with lock ups and crashes, but this maybe due to software conflicts or memory conflicts. Not sure what is causing my problems but I am sure it is not this CPU.
Summary: I have been upgrading my old Pc and this was the final peice to bring everything together. I upgraded to A gigabyte usb 3.0 stata 2 board, 8gb crucial ballistic ram, AMD raedon 6430 HD graphics card. and by the time i put this in I had a brand new computer that performs almost as well as my 16GB i7 laptop with nvida HD graphics processing. My laptop cost me over $1000. I put my new PC together based on Amazon reviews for less than $500. Thanks Amazon you guys rock.
Summary: First off, I'd like to start off with the pros. This processor is absolutely awesome. At first, after reading reviews, I was going to get the AMD FX 6300, considering it has two more cores and threads, and at the time even, was a wee bit cheaper. I decided to go with this processor because of that whopping 4.2GHz stock clock, because to be honest, I'm a bit of a clock freak, even if it's only stock clock and it's capable of going higher. So, the pros. - It's cool.