Summary: Installed into a new build, loaded Win7 and downloaded and installed 100 plus updates, and then started to update my hardware drivers when the cpu died. I sent it back and got a FX-6100 which seems to be doing fine.
Summary: I always keep a backup computer in reserve and gradually update the hardware. When I bought the FX processor I assumed its performance would improve my 990FXA-GD65 motherboard over the previous ATHLON II processor. With a clean install of Windows 7 I am chagrined to realize that this processor is a marketing fraud. Belarc recognizes it as a 3 core install with 6 virtual machines. My main computer uses a PHENOM II x 6 1055 chip and it remains the better performer.
Excerpt: Cheap and cheerful. Overclocks great and very easily. Got mine up to 4.2GHz, yet to go further. Using a Corsair H80 all in one water cooler, it runs at about 34 degrees Celsius at full load (using IntelBurnTestV2). Would recommend for anyone who wants a cheap CPU that is overclockable.
I love it but, I want more speed and I don't know how to Overclock :(
11 February 2012
Excerpt: I love the Processor and 6 cores but, I also love speed. I bought mine stock and it came with 3.30 GHz and 6 cores. It does all you could ask for but, as a college student in Computer Information Systems, I need more speed and I don't know how to Overclock yet but, I'm hoping someone here will tell me very soon. I would like to take it up to around 4.30 GHz so I shouldn't need to add a cooling system other then how it came stock out of the box.
Excerpt: I have this chip overclocked to 4.6 from stock 3.3 and it runs fine with no issue's.I turned the Multiplier up to 23.0 and set the cpu voltage to 1.45 and that's it. Please keep in mind that I water cooler my entire system and that helps with higher overclocks.
Excerpt: I got this processor 1/1/2012 for $169.99, I think it was worth it. As soon as I got it I decided to overclock it as much as I could. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get above 4GHz. I am now running it at 4.5GHz at 1.5v (22.5X200). I could go higher, but I am overclocking on air so I decided to play it safe. Gameplay is where this processor excels. If you want to be able to play games that require power, you got it with this beast.