Editors Liked

  • Re-establishes AMD as a competitor in the $150+ market
  • Strong multi-threaded performance in certain tests compared to dual-core alternatives
  • High clock speed
  • 6MB L2 cache
  • Fast in games
  • Unlocked multiplier allows overclocking
  • Required motherboard offers minor gaming benefit
  • Slightly faster MP3 encoding than Intel

Editors Didn't Like

  • Pricey compared to the Q9300
  • Poor overall bang for the buck at this price
  • Faster competing chip from Intel is also overclockable