Pros It blows my 3ghz P4HT out of the water!
Cons nothing much I like it a lot.
Summary I got the AMD 9600, 4GB 800mhz Ram bare bones system from ebay for $350 threw in a 500gb hd and a blueray and it's the fastest computer I ever used well worth the money!!!!!
Pros Works with any AM2 socket on motherboards; AMD "true" quad core design may be a diamond in the rough, but can AMD utilize it?
Cons BIOS patch to fix problem cripples some aspects of performance; Not as fast as Q600.
Summary The main problem with Phenom is that there's nothing to recommend it over the Intel quad cores (unless you're going for a SPIDER platform). There is as of now fairly significant proof to recommend an Intel quad core over Phenom, however: look at benchmarks.
The architecture is still behind Intel, and the fastest Phenom has a slower clock speed than the Q6600, Intel's slowest quad core. However, AMD is moving in the right direction.
Wait for a little bit. 3.0 Ghz and apparently much more OC-able Phenoms are coming.
"Better for Future"on by lawstud
Pros backwards compatible, better HD performance
Cons 13-15% slower than Q6600 and 15% cheaper
Summary If you already own a AMD motherboard you can basically use this chip without having to buy a whole new motherboard, ram, and possibly a video card.
The chip is backwards compatible and the future AMD products will be too. Whereas Intel's new X38 top of the line board is not going to be backwards with their newer chips in 2009. In addition with "Crossfire" graphics you can have 4 graphic cards working together for some great gaming performance, and not have to worry about a new computer in 2-3 years that will not work with them.
For the person who can deal with a slightly lower cost and performance (HD and video encoding is faster than q6600) then this is the right chip.
The chips are not for the high end market. They are better for normal users who like the idea of not having to buy a whole new computer if they want to upgrade.