Reviewers Liked

  • Nearly as speedy in most programs as much costlier AMD quad-core CPUs
  • Unlocked for easy overclocking
  • Same architecture and features as quad- and triple-core Phenom II chips

Reviewers Didn't Like

  • Only a minor speed bump over the Phenom II X2 550
  • Quad-core CPUs offer better performance for video editing and other multithreaded apps