Summary: Was supposed to be an upgrade from the Phenom II X4 925, but this FX-8320 Black Edition is actually slower. The Phenom II was 2.8 GHz, while not a Black Edition processor, it ran stable overclocked to 3.4 GHz (air cooled). The FX-8320 factory clock rate was 3.2 GHz, so I assumed because it's a newer processor it would be faster than the Phenom even at the slower factory clock rate, and would absolutely smoke it overclocked. Imagine my surprise when that wasn't the case.
Summary: This CPU rocks, I know it's not the top of the line super CPU. One thing to point out here they fail to mention.....It is NOT a TRUE 8 core CPU. It is a 4 core with dual threads...BIG difference. It has only 4 physical cores. But it still rocks. Just wish manufactures would stop using hyper threading as a way to say it has more cores when it really doesn't.
Summary: Very good CPU. It seems to do a great job with everyday tasks and due to having eight cores, it even does a good job hard tasks like with video encoding. This processor is not as good as say an i7 from Intel but its certainly one of the best value processors (i my opinion) on the market. The only Con with this processor is the stock cooler is quite loud and you can't overclock it to the FX-8350 speed on the stock cooler even though both processors use the same cooler.
Summary: AMD FX-8320 series 8 core, Best processor I ever have, it is fast and I can do a lot of thing in the same time. My old computer have a AMD Sempron processor at 2.00GHz speed, this is a one core processor. Never go back to the old one processor. I never have any problem with my processor Sempron, must be the same with my new AMD FX-8320 series 8 core. I use my new computer for 4 1/2 month, and have no problem now.
Summary: Bought this in a bundle with a M5A97 ASUS motherboard. They have both worked extremely well since building it up and everything has been rock solid despite my best attempts at overclocking the whole thing multiple times. Its easy to ramp this processor up to 4. ghz and runs really stable at 3.7 which is where I left mine. Simple liquid cooling kit on the processor, nothing fancy. Buying up to the 8350 isn't worth it, stick with this 8320, you won't be disappointed!