Summary: great chipset upgraded from an Athlon II x3 95w cpu. using a stock cooler that was installed in the amd 3 core, cheap aluminum block so i blame that for most heat dissipation issues. processor is far up to par for mostly any old or modern PC games. a bit slow for running stuff like Dolphin emulator though. at stock 3.2Ghz its quite fast. looking forward to soon overclocking to 4Ghz on water cooling.
Summary: This is an awesome CPU, at the time ( 2 years ago) I would have recommended it to anyone as I still have it and it still works, I put it in my wife's PC and it is powerful. Only reason I wont recommend it now, is the newer ones are out there for the same price this one is now $100-120. You can actually get a 6-8 core one now. I think this one has passed it's prime, and probably should have a price drop.
Summary: This is a very good CPU for someone on a low budget gaming build. You can get this CPU and pair it with a cheap GPU and get better performance than most APUs for the price. I have purchased this CPU twice and highly recommend it to anyone with a low budget.
Summary: Despite an outdated cpu by today´s standard it is still a quite capable gaming cpu. I have it paired with Gigabyte 990XA-UD3, 8GB ram and a AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB and run everything max out. Haven´t overclocked it because it hasn´t been necessary.
Summary: If you are on a budget and really a want a gaming pc or whatever, do NOT look away from these. this will be the best $90+ you will ever spend, and if you can get it cheaper you truly have won. it is a very,very reliable cpu. Phenom II is the sweet spot for quad cores in terms of price range and processing power (My Rig: mobo: msi 970a-g46 CPU:955 BE (not OC) Crucial Ballistix 16GB Geforce GT 630 1GB seagate caviar 500GB HDD Rosewill 450w )
Pros: Such a powerful cpu! Well ahead of it's time. As a gaming computer, it can do pretty much run any current title fantastically. ESPECIALLY if you have a great gpu(which I don't, but its okay since the cpu is beast). as a music recorder/mixer, it runs super smooth. as an image editor, it is pretty flawless. I am very happy with this cpu and cheers to the year with this baby :)
Summary: Just brilliant, Revives my old amd2 platform for another 2 years. Imust be really lucky, but instantly overclocked to 4.0ghz, with just a modest increase in voltage. I an old aftermarket cooler, roswell which was running with the old pc. Mistake, underload, the temps would rise past 65. so I spent the extra dollars and bought a huge noctua heatsink with a 140mm fan. The beast is now running at 4.0ghz, rock solid 24 hours prime95. system asus m3a78 amd phenom 955y 4.0ghz.
Pros: Good update for an old am2 platform. Super overclocker!
Cons: very hot, you absolutely need anaftermarket cooler, like all the others reviewa say.
Summary: i placed this processor in a asus motherboard asus m3n72-d motherboard u really need to have the highest ram possible upgraded from 4 gig ram to 8 and it runs great later i will upgrade to 16 it will run without any flaws i do alot of online gaming cod the newest one and its really great