Editors Liked

  • Affordable
  • Performance
  • Overclocking
  • Very high clocked Quad Core
  • Lots of computing power in multithreaded applications
  • Compatibility with older chipsets, AM2 socket, and DDR2 memory (subject to BIOS update)
  • Overclocks netted 650MHz

Editors Didn't Like

  • High power consumption under load
  • Unlocked multiplier adds little practical value
  • Not the best choice for hardcore gamers
  • Small increase in performance over previous model
  • Not cost effective after Sandy Bridge Release
  • Outclassed by Intel’s latest similarly priced CPU