Pros: Improved core-performance over PD, FM2+ chipset is decent, sips power, runs cool and quiet, handles ST and light MT tasks with aplomb.
Cons: Base-clock OC only which is difficult to stabilise, not as quick as newer Intel budget chips in ST loads, still a budget CPU.
The Athlon line has been a solid choice in the budget tier for some time now. While the newer Pentiums and i3's will outpace the Athlons in single-core performance, they also only come in 2c/2t (Pentium range) or with a somewhat hefty price-tag for the budget range (i3). Additionally, a full-featured motherboard for an Intel processor will run a bit more than an FM2+ board in most... (read more)