Pros: Cheap, Runs cool, Decent OC potential.
Cons: Locked Multiplier, No L3 Cache
The processor ships in a small box with very small cooler with thermal paste preapplied, very basic manual and warranty information, and a case badge.
I have this processor installed in a system with 6gb of DDR3 memory and a AMD hd 6950. Running the processor on stock clocks I did see a 10-15% bottleneck in gpu performance in games. Once overclocked to 3.6ghz the bottleneck was remedied however. I feel running this tier processor with even higher end graphics cards would see a much larger bottleneck that even heavy overclocking wont be able to overcome.
Achieving said 3.6ghz on the core was quite simple. This processor is multiplier locked so we have to rely on blck speed and vcore. I acheived these speed once increasing my vcore to 1.35v, well within the save limits of this processor. I imagine increasing the vcore even further would allow this processor to clock even higher, perhaps into the 4ghz + domain.
Once overclocked I was able to play games like metro, battlefield an call of duty in high settings while achieving 60 frames per second. Quite a good performer for such a low price.
Cinebench scores were low compared to it's higher end amd and intel counterparts of course.
If you're in the market for a decent processor to power your low to mid range computer and an AMD apu is not an option, this could be a good processor to consider.