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I purchased this in a bundle about 7 months ago, it is an absolutely incredible product for the price. Clocked at 3.3GHz, this will work amazingly with the bog standard cooling fan that comes with it, however, I may recommend upgrading if you prefer a much cooler overall PC.
What's in the box?
You can get a tin, and a box.
My version came in the box, the tin was too expensive.
The box came with the processor (or at least I should hope so), the cooling fan, and a few flimsy stickers I carefully placed on the top of my case. I believe it came with a few boring old manuals, but to be honest, nobody reads them, so if you're interested in them, you must have a lot of time! Seriously though, it did come with a few boring old manuals.
The absolutely incredible (for the price) product produced by AMD, is a normal AM3+ socket processor, and as usual, silver on the top, as any other processor normally tends to be. The heat sync and fan are much more attractive then the intel bog standard cooler, however they are quite confusing to fit.
There is not much else to say for the processor.
But the box was quite nice.
- 6 Cores
- 8MB Cache
AMD tend to go for higher 'spec' processors, aiming at 6 / 8 cores in most of their newer processors. The clock speed fits pretty well with this (but it could been slightly higher). It runs well, and I would recommend it, using it's specifications to it's advantage.
Okay, I won't lie, above, I didn't know what I was going on about, that much. However, I can tell you what honestly happens here. It runs smoothly, I've had no problems with it (and I don't expect there to be any time soon). It handles games, a load of software and rendering pretty well, and can sustain in bad situations quite a lot of time.
In addition, it does not tend to lag, doesn't get too hot, and really brings a good performance to the computer, if you're looking for reasonably priced 'gaming' PC.
Value for Money:
I got this included in a bundle for about £120 (cheaper because of the bundle), but looking at the price above, £177, it's price is good, and it's still worth it, using the 'gaming' PC criteria above. I wouldn't recommend this for high-end, those that are rendering or hardcore gamers, who need the very best of the best.
I kept talking about 'good for the price'. I'll explain this, it's good for the price, however, I would recommend going for a better processor, when building a PC. But that is from my personal experience building computers. It is my recommendation, and you may prefer this processor, as it is reasonably priced and performs well, however, I am planning to upgrade very soon.
Good product. Easy to install and use, performs well, good value for money, good specs. I would definitely recommend it.