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This CPU is a good core and i have found that it plays most games at good settings, i have been able to play The Elder Scrolls Skyrim at above average settings. This is with a Gainward Ge Force gt400 1GB gddr3, so far on the stock cooler i have gotten this CPU to 3.4 GHz although i have not tried to push it higher because my room can get fairly hot in the summer. If you are upgrading from the Athlon 64 x2 6000+ like i did then i would recommend spending a little extra on thermal paste and cleaning alcohol to use the Heat sink and Fan from that processor. the reasoning for this is the fact that the 260 has a TDP of 65 watts while from my research it seems like the 6000+ had a TDP of 125 Watts, this then gives the end user more freedom on overclocking.
although if you are serious about overclocking spending a little extra on the AMD Athlon ii 270 black edition which has a core clock of 3.4 GHz compared to the 3.2 of the 260. a good feature about the black edition is that you can change the multiplier over the default setting instead of only being able to decrease it from the stock setting. A word of warning with this CPU if you are planning on overclocking with the front side bus don't forget that it increases the memory clock as well so you should make sure that both of these run stably not just one or the other.
At idle times i can run this core on stock settings at 35 degrees Celsius to about 40 while in a intensive game such as skyrim i find it can reach 60. I have also researched what the maximum temperature this CPU has been designed to operate under is 74 although i try to keep it way under that because i find computer components always run more efficiently and perform better when they are kept cool. This is because the components will throttle themselves to stop them being damaged, i would still recommend that if you are going to play intensive games make sure that you have case fans to keep the air in your case circulating.
This CPU will work on a AM2+ board if there has been a bios update to make sure that i will recognize the core although i have not tried this so i do not know what affect that will have on the cores performance if you are someone building a new computer then i would recommend using a am3 board with ddr3 memory so that you can get the best out of gaming. If you are inclined to changing bios settings for gaming i would not recommend that you have amd cool and quiet on as well as making sure that the core multiplier is set to the default and not auto. This will ensure that you get the best gaming performance out of it. This core is a regor which means that there is not any extra cores for you to be able to unlock but just in case yours does have cores to unlock download CPU-z which should tell you what core yours is.
When I first built my PC this CPU was the best I could afford, a sort of last resort if you will; yet over time I realised that this two core powerhouse could compete on terms of performance with the AM2 quad core.
After some benchmarking I found that this does have the edge over last generations 2.8GHz quad, even when the program tested was optimized for a quad. The difference is far more noticeable in games, this CPU helps push the fps even in full HD, when driving the physics engine.
To test out the processors flash capabilities I removed the graphics card from my PC, flash games played back smoothly while flash video tended to stutter a bit just before completing buffering. For a comparison I put my GPU back in the pc and tried the same "test" again, I found that there still was some stutter when viewing flash video, but only when the buffering was around 98%.
What most tech heads will probably be wondering is "does this over clock well?" Even using a cheap motherboard this CPU will OC to a stable 3.8GHz; this was with the stock cooler! I highly recommend using a custom cooler in order to get the most power and reliability from your CPU, in any circumstances.
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|Product Description:||AMD Athlon II X2 260 / 3.2 GHz processor|
|Processor Type:||AMD Athlon II X2 260|
|Number of Cores:||Dual-Core|
|Compatible Processor Socket:||Socket AM3|
|Clock Speed:||3.2 GHz|
|Manufacturing Process:||45 nm|
|Features:||Enhanced SpeedStep technology, PowerNow! technology, HyperTransport technology, AMD64 technology, integrated memory controller, Enhanced Virus Protection, AMD Cool'n'Quiet Technology, AMD Virtualization|
|Compatible Slots:||1 x processor - Socket AM3|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|