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: I really like AMD chips. Intel chips are great as well, but a little pricey for my tastes. I like gaming builds that cost 600ish bucks. With an AMD chip, that's more than possible. With this chip, a, R9 270x, 8 GB of Corsair vengeance and a Gigabyte 990fx board I've been able to comfortable play all the games that I like, including XIV and Skyrim at max. If you want to play games and multitask but are on a college budget, AMD is the way to go.
Pros: It's a terrific quad core processor at a high clock speed. It's chewed through everything I have thrown at it so far. It replaced a Phenom II 965, so it had big shoes to fill. I'm glad I skipped Bulldozer and held out for Piledriver, though from what I understand Vishera is the end of the line for AMD's love affair with CPUs. Still, I hope to get another 4-5 years out of this chip that I got out of my PhenomII.
Cons: The stock fan. It's really bad. I did two builds with this chip. One was in my own rig with Arctic Silver 5 and an EVO 212 Hyper - even playing FFXIV at max settings the chip never goes above 48c. My friend's build was IDLING at 40ish even with the Arctic silver paste. If you want to really get some life and performance out of this chip, get an aftermarket cooler.
Pros: 4.2Ghz clock speeds stock, quad core, large L3 cache. I had no regrets with this purchase, even with others saying it's a bad choice. If/when I upgrade this build, I'll build a second just to keep using it.
Cons: It doesn't make bacon. It runs too cool for that. :P
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.