Pros Insanely fast, no heat problems as of yet, and it was very affordable!
Cons Requred purchase of new motherboard in my case.
Summary ...however, I had intended to get a new motherboard anyway. I have an Asus M2N-32, and I couldn't be happier.
Also, how can CNET be comparing it to Intel processors that aren't out yet?! That blows my mind...
I'd like to state that I have the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ recently, and I bought it brand spanking new for $180. That's 3ghz of dual core memory for WAY less than most of the things that Intel offers. Seriously, unless you hate having money left over after builind/rebuilding your computer, by all means go buy an Intel. If you like having extra money afterward to spend on say... a better graphics card... or just to hold on to, for all the best performance you could ask for, AMD all the way!
Pros faster, less power use
Cons none at this time
Summary I definitely agree with you all: this AMD processor is faster, and cheaper then its Intel counterparts. Why should we pay more for less???