Summary: I bought this CPU for $70 way back in July 2010 and overclocked it to 3.4 GHz with a stock fan and it is still running as of today. I am wondering if I should upgrade to a new CPU, but the new one like Intel 4-Core i5-3570K ($230, WEI = 7.6) or AMD FX-6300 6-Core Processor ($120, WEI = 7.3) is expensive and not much of the improvement compared to mine (WEI = 6.7). So I will wait another year or two then I might upgrade. This current CPU is sufficient for my daily use.
Summary: When I bought this I made sure it was compatible with my (now) old PC. Intel's website said it was. Turned out after attempting to put it into my PC it was not compatible. Based off this review I wouldn't even take this review into consideration.... considering I don't know if it works or not.... Sorry.
Summary: I have been using this for nearly 15 months and it hasn't failed me yet. Make sure you have enough thermal paste if you are building a system from scratch, as not putting any will severely undermine the system's stability.
Don't be fooled by the photograph. No fan. NOT boxed version.
D. Cain "DWN2DV8.com", Amazon
6 February 2013
Summary: Haven't fired up the CPU yet because I was stupid and only looked at the photo and thought I was getting the boxed CPU with fan. Instead I got an envelope with the CPU on foam inside a small plastic case. I ordered a CPU cooler so hopefully all ends up well.
Summary: I purchased two of these processors for two separate projects and I am extremely happy with both. One was built into a home server using WHS 2011 OEM software and it works great. The other is a security video camera system, using Vista 32 bit operating system, that records video 24/7 outside of my home. It also is a workhorse and without any problems. This CPU features 2.93 GHz clock speed with dual cores and has a 2 MB cache for fast operation.
Summary: I used this processor to upgrade an Acer PC I had previously rebuilt with a new motherboard, memory and hard disk. Initially, I re-used the old (2005) Celeron D 3.06GHz processor primarily because it was capable of Windows 7 64-bit operation but I realized after a few months of use that this old-style (256K L2 cache/533Mhz FSB) Celeron just wasn't going to do the job.
Summary: I compared benchmarks of intel processeros and this one came out in the top for speed/price ratio. It hasn't let me down at all. Currently running with 8 gbs of ram at DDR3, 1gyg of video with Nvidia 430 GT in 64 bit- windows 7 . I use programs that involve numerical calculation and a bit of a strain on the processor, and i can leave them running on the back while i watch videos or do something else at the same time. Haven't tried overclocking it though.