Pros Your Getting a quad core for half the price of its competitor
Cons What cons a company that wants to bring you something good for less money, who the hell does that anymore.
Summary I appreciate AMD for doing what they do,They give you a premium product at a low price. If you on a low budget and what a hell of a computer then its the way to go.
Its performance for me is optimal, and though I like intel I stay loyal to AMD, they never disappoint.
Pros Could have been the board but I doubt it, plenty of RAM & running Win 7, 64 bit
Cons Sucked from the git-go. Nothing but problems in the two years I've suffered with this thing. Can't wait to "adjust" it with a ball-peen hammer....but I'm not bitter!
Summary It sucked. Turned me off AMD forever. ASUS usually pretty good stuff but that could have been a problem as well. Bears a bit more research if I can keep the ball-peen locked away.
Pros ITS OK AND RUNS GREAT WITH WINDOWS XP BUT NOT NEAR AS FAST WITH VISTA
Cons TOO SLOW FOR WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO/SPEED
Summary I HAVE RUN INTO SOME DUO CORE 64 BIT PROCESSORS THAT MAKE THIS ONE LOOK LIKE A 386 PROCESSOR
"i disagree"on by ussr4life
Pros this cpu has so much potential as far as overclocking goes but i think it all depends on what OS you are useing vista doesent like to run on some of the top notch desktops/laptops so get ubuntu to milk it for all its worth
Cons I dont find any cons exept that when you buy this cpu its stock heatsink is pathetic but thats the same with all stock heatsinks
Summary bottom line this is a must have for any kind of gaming rig if you dont belive me watch this vidwell the embeded vid wont work try this instead
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Updated on Apr 7, 2009
"Real world systems"on by sdc100
Pros Actual systems show a huge price difference
Cons Benchmarks lag behind
Summary While I agree with CNET's conclusion when based on the benchmark's alone, I'd like to take it out of the lab. In the past month, I've seen several refurbished HP Phenom-based systems for less than $600 from different vendors. In fact, Woot has an HP Media Center 3gig 640gig HD system on sale for $549 as I type. I have yet to see an Intel-based system for such a low price, whether refurbished or new. For what it's worth, I've had no issues whatsoever with it being refurbished. If you don't have problems within the 90 day warranty, chances are that you'll be fine for the lifetime of the system.
In no way am I recommending the HP system. I merely want to point out that sub-$700 quad core systems are already available and so far, they all use AMD chips. In fact, the above HP Media Center is sub-$600. And you even get a DVR.