Summary: most people when they see the name celeron the turn away almost immediately, DO NOT TURN YOUR HEAD! this thing simply destroys every core 2 duo ever made. i matched this cpu up with a gt 640 for gaming games like Hawken, Tomb Raider, skyrim and many others play flawlessly. if you are on a budget deffinetly get one of these price to performance ratio is almost unbeatable.
Summary: Upgraded from a single core, about the same speed. Never thought much of the SpeedStep idea, but I like the way it works. Idles at about half speed, runs cool. Idle temp is about 87F, working is about 100F. Body temp is 98.6F so, it would feel cool to touch if you were to do so. Diff to compare cpu's when ram bandwith is also changed. DDR1 400 vs DDR3 1333 is a lot of diff. Tasks are done literally 10 times faster in comparison. Hope this helps someone.
Summary: This is nice and cheap CPU is you like to utilize a lot of peripherals in your system for cheap. For motherboards that have a 7th PCIe slot, this CPU can power up and control the 7th slot for usage.
Summary: I needed an Intel CPU for the particular MB I had on hand. The Intel is more expensive than a comparable AMD CPU and if I did not already have the MB I would have bought the AMD. This is just an OK processor.
Summary: In this price range Intel has AMD beat hands down! There was some confusion over whether this CPU would work with Crucial DDR3 1066 Mhz RAM, since on Intel's site states it is only compatible with DDR3 1333 Mhz RAM. I contacted Intel about this and the tech quoted verbatim what is posted on their site, so I tried it anyway. On Windows 7 it booted w/o any issues whatsoever and is stable.