Summary: I purchased this item because it was the best upgrade for my computer, and the highest level processor for my motherboard. I originally had a AMD Athlon II X2 240 Dual Core processor, and after purchasing this one, I accidentally bent most of the pins. In addition, I spent two weeks straighten them out, and finally got the processor to fit into the ZIF socket. Afterwards, it has yet to impress me in the performance department...my Windows Index barely changed.
Summary: This processor, though old in computer years, is powerful enough to play all the newer games that I have, Saints Row IV, Thief, Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands 2, etc. I have over 70 games on steam and this processor coupled with my amd Radeon hd 6670 crushes all of them.
Great Product, huge improvement over old cpu, just make sure it's compatible with your system!
27 February 2014
Summary: I ordered this product, but turns out it wasn't compatible with my system. Tere are two different AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb cpu's, this one, the HDX945WFGMBOX is a later revision of the 945 which uses C3 stepping, there is also the HDX945WFGIBOX which uses C2 stepping. It may or may not affect compatibility for your system, but I the HDX945WFGMBOX did not work for my Dell Inspiron 570, I had to return it to the vendor and they sent me a HDX945WFGIBOX that worked...
Summary: This was the best processor easily available to me for the am2+ motherboard. From using an AMD Athlon x2 7750, overclocked to 3.0ghz, this quad core blows it out of the water even at stock speeds! The multiplier used for overclocking this chip IS locked but isn't really that big of a deal to me because this processor stands strong on its own compared to the older dualcore i was using.
Summary: I put this on an old AM2+ board with DDR2 memory and it runs amazingly fast. Feels 2 times faster than the Athlon 64 X2 2.2GHz I replaced. It also runs very cool and pretty quietly with a Cooler Master Hyper TX3, also thanks to its low 95 watt TDP.
Summary: I'm not a computer guy, just a parts changer (just like my automotive repair skills). This was delivered sooner than expected, and I think I spent all of 15 minutes to install. My concern was being able to use a Google Chromecast, because that is the most CPU intensive thing I do (not a gamer). Watched an on-line BBall game last night for over two hours, casting to my TV, and the resolution was HD, no buffering/jitters.
Summary: I got this to upgrade my PC. I can play games like SimCity 2013 and The Sims 3 perfectly with 30 FPS. I can even play Hawken and Modern Warfare 3 really well, it gets a bit jittery but that's about it.
I am very satisfied with my AMD Phenom II's performance, it's like a new PC
30 September 2013
Summary: I bought this AMD Phenom II X4 945 to bring an old but still functioning Asus mb up to 2013. Since this is the most powerful cpu this mb will accept after the BIOS update I feel this cpu is the best to deal with today's Debian programs,it has a pretty low thermal footprint(95w)perfect for this pc runs 24/7, no dislikes. The only other products I compared were lower speed Phenom II X4s. I've built quite a few pcs, all with AMD cpus and never been disappointed.