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: I did not expect a ton out of this processor. If you need a 95 watt processor for whatever AMD motherboard you may have this was a good option and I would get another one if I had too,. If it were anymore you would be better off getting anew motherboard and processor.
Summary: This is a fairly good processor, but most likely aimed towards an htpc rather than a gaming rig due to being 95w. I've been using it for a year and it has served me well. I managed to overclock my 945 to 3.8ghz on air and the performance gains was quite noticeable in certain games such as starcraft 2. Something to keep in mind though, this is not the best choice for your money.
Summary: Like.... Pretty fast for all my games. Dislike... Base clock limits overclocking potential because the 945 comes with it's multiplier locked, even 3.6ghz at 245 base clock was barely stable. Though it depends largely on the motherboard, the processor also is a factor. Like.... The 945 is also quite cool; on idle 38C and on full load, barely inched past 48C. Dislike....