Summary: I'm loving this proc. I'm going with a Zalman and better mobo to see what it can really do. But save yourself some dough for beer and go to F_r_ys. Right now I'm enjoying Crysis as high as it goes, 1600X1200 with out any lag. Same with TF2, BF2, CSS, HL2, COD4, etc.....
Pros: Runs great. It idles at room temp (70 degrees F) and loads to 110 degrees F with stock Intel cooler. I was having trouble with lag in games on my prescott 3.2, 800FSB, 1MB L2 during intense sequences. This fixed it and cut my loading times an average of 40%.
Cons: Come on Newegg, what's up with you. You used to be cool. Now you're charging 125 when I got it at F_r_ys (retail package) w/ mobo for 79. I'm taking a star away for that...
Pros: My first build and it was very easy to do. The processor itself is a huge improvement over my laptop which has a Pentium 4 3Ghz processor. Has a temp sensor built in so easy to watch processors temp. For the price its a great deal for first time builders.
Summary: My girlfriend asked me "Why is this computer so much faster than my laptop?" after I built this for her to replace her four year old HP lappy. needless to say, she's very happy. Were it not for the poor fan, I'd give this a perfect rating.
Pros: Powerful CPU for the price. Dual core is nice. Lightning fast ship time from the Egg yet again.
Cons: The fan that is included is very poorly made. One of the mounting pins broke on me during installation, so I bought better fan at retail.
Pros: for a low budget to start from this was a great unit, over clocked it from a 2.2 to 3.0 and was running great with stock heat sink & fan, But then i lowered in down to a 2.5 and was still fast enough.
Summary: If you really care about getting over 3.0 then either get tools ready and fingers googling forums or spend a few bucks more for a proven Proc. Spent hundreds of hours researching how to get higher and stable but unwilling to 'wrench' to get higher OC.
Pros: Inexpensive to get a good quality C2D and get started toward higher end Procs, like the E8400 once budget allows. Decent OCer not great will get 2.9 easily without performing black magic. Did this with a budget board, Asrock 4Core Dual Sata2, and a mid-range board, Asus P5N-E Sli.
Cons: Not a great Ocer like first anticipated with the 11x multiplier.
Overclocks well, even with the smaller heatsink...
Alan M., Newegg
24 March 2008
Summary: This cpu is a great buy, but I would pair it with at least a freezer 7 pro if you want to do any serious overclocking.
Pros: I was pleasantly surprised at the overclocking ability of this chip. 11x266 for 2.93 Ghz on stock volts (1.325v), 24hrs prime stable, core temps staying below 65c, all with the stock half-size heatsink.
Cons: The heatsink is ridiculously small. I'm confident that the only reason I was able to get a 726 Mhz overclock while maintaining decent (not great by any means, but safe) temps is the 120mm fan I have on the side panel of my case.