Summary: I purchased this a couple months ago used and after trying it on two motherboards I started to worry it was dead, then after some research I found out that most often the problem will not be the processor but either the memory or the motherboard.
Summary: I remember I bought this chip 4 years ago when I built my first computer! Wow time flies. I'm way more advanced now than I ever have been. I still have this in the computer I'm using now. It's been an amazing processor!
Summary: Don't know how Intel found the magic recipe, but this processor is great. Its running in a Gig P965-ds3 board, which is a great overclocking board. I have it at a FSB of 333 MHz, bought come Corsair PC-5400 memory, and the stock cooler. This runs the system at 3 GB, just amazing.
Great value in a processor. Unbelivable price to...
5 June 2007
Summary: This chip is phenomenal. I have mine overclocked to 2.8ghz easily on stock voltage (8x multiplier, 333FSB) using some cheap DDR2 ram I purchased. Using an asus P5N32-SLI Plus for a motherboard.
Pros: Good out of box performance. Exceptional overclocking ability. BSEL mod for cheap performance on some non-overclocking motherboards. Relatively low heat processor.
Cons: 2mb of cache vs. the 4mb of the 6 series. Need a motherboard dedicated to over clocking to get the most out of this chip. Batch to batch variation on how high it can be overclocked.
Summary: I have bought for over 1 month , it's easy install and setup,and it runs fast and stably , I haven't overlock yet because it's already fast enough, if you use you PC for browsing internet and watching movie and playing mid-level games, I strongly suggest you to choose E4300.
Summary: The E4300 is a great CPU for overclockers. With the stock heat sink / fan, I can get 3GHz (333MHz * 9) with only 1.35V vCore. It's multiplier is 9 (vs. E6300's 8) so you don't have to use super high FSB for overclocking. Generally speaking, Core 2 Dual is awesome.
Summary: Grab a cheap motherboard and see what you can do with the best overclocking chip in years. Also consider the E4400, which has a higher multiplier which may give higher speeds on non-enthusiast motherboards.
Pros: Easy to overclock, even for novices. Potential performance of chips that cost twice as much. Stock heatsink isn't bad.
Cons: If you're not going to overclock, there are better values to be had.