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what's good? Price Performance per pound Overclocking ability
What's not so good? Lack of L2 Cache sometimes begins to show
I bought this processor when a 1.8 Ghz Duron I orded was dead on arrival. I have to say, for the price I paid (£25 - OEM) is a complete bargain! It runs smoothly as long as you treat it the way it deservers. At the end of the day, it's a budget processor, not a flashy new Athlon 64. I doubt it would have enough grunt for the latest games, but for what I ask it to do (audio and MIDI editing, running a lot of soft synths, etc) it's absolutely flawless.
I run it with a bog standard Coolermaster cooler, and it's never gone past 32 degree's, which I reckon is pretty good!
On a couple of occasions, I have found myself wanting a little more power, for example encoding tracks to MP3. I guess this is where the lack of L2 Cache starts to show.
BUT, and I must stress the but. There is a way around all of this. From what I have read on various sites, the L2 Cache can easily be returned to it's former glory with a little creative engineering. Also, the processor can be made to run at around 2.2Ghz rather well, and it can also run as a dual processor! I haven't got the engineering skills / talent / time / bottle to even begin to attempt any of these modifications, but there's plenty of information about it on the internet. Just check Google for "Applebred Durons". Just imagine it, you could get two of these little marvels running at 2.2Ghz, with the full compliment of Cache, for around £50. That's the same price as one Ahlon XP2500+... Now tell me that isn't great!