Summary: Right now I hold the top score on PassMark for it, at 5,391 points. Test was ran at 4.1GHz. I've had it at 4.4, but the overall gain for the computer was less than 5%, so I couldn't upload it. Bragging rights are awesome, though.
Pros: Was on sale for $70 for awhile. Very cheap. Managed to hit 4.4GHz (unstable, obviously). Running 3.9GHz stable on air. Quad core.
Pros: Very great processor for an HTPC. I had some spare parts around and all I needed was a CPU, for $50 I got this thing to 3.8 24/7 overclock (a full 1gh higher). Been pretty pleased, I saw others got it higher - depends on your setup. My cheap htpc mobo suffers mad vdroop.
Cons: None... How many complaints can you have with a sub $50 quad?
Pros: installed with a corsair h40 water cooler and loving it. haven't over clocked yet but plan to over clock to 4.0 whenever i learn more of it. running all games at ultra settings including bf3. (which i know is mostly video card but still) cpu with cooler runs in-between 17'c and 21'c at idle and w...
Summary: I don't know how future proof this is which is something I was looking for, but maybe that's just fine because a lot of buyers are reporting stable overclocking and irregardless it's a speedy little CPU so I think I'll be just fine.
Pros: No bent pins No defects nothing to whine about really
Summary: For $89.99 this is the best processor that you can find. Pull up a CPU comparison chart online to see how well it rates compared to processors that cost hundreds of dollars, or even thousands.
Pros: Windows rates it a 7.4 out of a maximum 7.9 on the performance index. This thing is a beast!!
Summary: I saw this on sale and took a chance to upgrade my HTPC's Sempron 140 (45W single-core 3.75GHz). I had previously put a Phenom II X4 955 BE (125W 3.2GHz) in the HTPC. That experiment ended quickly. The 955 runs too hot for the stock cooler, even with the fan screaming at 7k RPM.
Pros: Inexpensive quad core upgrade for older AM3 boards. Draws much less than the rated 95W which leaves some interesting possibilities.
Cons: Low spec clock speed. The competitor's dual-core hyperthreading CPUs outperform these at even lower TDP. Of course with this CPU you can do the thing that everybody does but you're not supposed to talk about here. No not that thing - get your mind out of the gutter. I can see why she left you.
Summary: I used a stock AMD 1090t CPU heatsink/fan (copper pipes) with this CPU and was able to overclock up to 3.8ghz rock solid. This was done on a super cheap motherboard, too. Not much flexibility on voltages, but I was still able to get a huge performance gain easily.
Pros: Bargain price for 4 cores and 6mb L3 cache. Easy to overclock significantly above stock speeds. Took CPU volts up to 1.395 and it never gets above 50 degrees celcius!
Cons: Can't really think of any. Maybe the fact that it doesn't come with a CPU heatsink/fan but that is a Pro if you ask me. Most will buy an aftermarket one anyway.