Summary: An aging CPU that still has what it takes to get the job done!
Pros: I have used this CPU for over 3 years now with no issues. With a midrange graphics card (550 TI for me) it was able to run Crysis (yes, the original) at 1920x1200 with everything maxed except for Anti-Aliasing. I have also had no issues running CAD software such as AutoDesk Inventor on the system.
Cons: This processor will run whatever is in the main window (active window) without a problem, but whatever is not the main window drops in performance. For example when I have a youtube window off to the side, but its not the active window it drops to about a frame-per-second. I am not taking an egg ...
Pros: I've got two of these running in Linux machines. Great for video encoding. New 4 and 6 core processors are certainly more efficient, but for the total price of a system these are hard to beat. Power consumption is low on these. My total system at 100% usage is still under 90W.
Cons: Harder to recommend these now as price drops on newer chips.
Summary: WEI for my system CPU (overclock to 3.52 GHz) = 6.8 4 gig of Mem = 6.9 Aero graphic = 3.7 (I'm looking to upgrade my 8400 GS card) Game graphic = 5.0 Hard drive = 5.9 (just bought new 1 T hard drive)
Pros: Since I bought this CPU on 7/29/10, it is still running strongly. One thing not change is price... Still $80 after one year... Should come down to around $60................
Summary: I bought a fancier heat sink and after proper installation, I couldn't get this thing to reach 80C. Be sure to keep your computer clean and well-ventilated, and the heat shouldn't cause much trouble.
Pros: Very fast; what else to say?
Cons: This processor runs hot. With the stock heat sink/fan, a Prime95 torture test got this well above 90C.
Pros: - Worked right out of the box, that's already fantastic. - Overclocked it to 3.22GHz without destabilizing. Still works without any errors or failures after a week. - Coupled with a GTX 260 the rig I put this CPU in handled any game I threw at it, though granted I didn't try to play at high/ultra...