Summary: Upgraded from Phenom II 965 Processor. System: FX 6300 Processor Asrock Extreme4 970 Board Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz OCZ 600 Watt PSU 80+ Bronze AMD Radeon 7870XT Graphics Processor I read reviews claiming this was a nice upgrade from phenom II's, I sort of doubted them, but was interested in this six core when I saw it dip to the price of 109 USD.
Summary: This CPU accomplishes what it does by using lots of cores. You have to have software and an OS that takes advantage of this. Otherwise, in single threaded applications, its performance is good but not jaw-dropping. I moved from an AMD Phenom II x3 B73 (2.8 GHz) to this. I was expecting an improvement but single-threaded benchmarks show there's only been a small improvement.
Pros: Lots of cores, Lots of cache, Runs cool, Good price/performance ratio
Cons: Single-threaded performance not a large improvement over previous generations
Summary: Works fine, good deal for the money. Update your motherboard's BIOS to make sure it will support this chip. Get an aftermarket cooler, because that stock heatsink is the tiniest, cheapest and loudest one I've ever received with a processor!
Summary: i bought this to upgrade from my old pII 965 be for my gaming computer and i was very happy and suprised at how easly it overclocked and how stable and fast it is now going a month or 2 strong and loving it paired it up with a asus m5a99x evo r2.0 and gigabyte 7950 windforce and games 60+ fps max settings whatever i play
Summary: If you are getting this to upgrade an older am3+ board. Or are on a tight budget. Its hard not to recommend this processor. However if you're a gamer. The 8320 is very close in price. With next gen consoles both sporting 8 cores. We are going to see a change in optimization. The extra threads could come in handy down the line to prevent a gpu bottleneck. Paired with a Gtx 660 its still running games phenomenally well for the time being.
Pros: Price, Performance, Decent overclocking, Handles multi threaded apps very well
Cons: Huge power consumption compared to Intel chips, Weak single threaded performance
Summary: make sure your software can use all 6 cores. It serves me well and with the GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AT I got fast tranfer rates to my HD and External USB backup drive as well as my older firewire equipment.
Summary: Pros: Excellent Value Fast processor, especially for multi-tasking Average user won't need to replace this for a long time Cons: Runs slightly hot (Mobo CPUTIN reports ~4 C higher than the first gen i3 I replaced) Not as energy efficient as comparable intel processors To be really nitpicky - I don't like the fact that the CPU does not monitor temps for each of its cores and even the single sensor it has doesn't read an absolute temp.