Only the cooler lets down what is an amazing CPU,
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This review is from: AMD HDZ965FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 965 - 3.4 Ghz AM3 Black Edition CPU, Retail Packaged (Personal Computers)
The cooler would get three stars, the CPU is a solid 5.
The problem with the cooler is that it is so loud because it spins at a massive RPM. I never wanted to have a silent PC as some do, but this is almost to a point to distraction. However, aftermarket coolers can be brought for not much more than £20.
The Phenom is actually a bit long in the tooth now, but you would never know that if you used it. Being the black edition, it is overclockable to 4.0ghz, but it is not needed for me. It scores 7.3 on the Windows Experience Index too. If you arm it with a Solid State Drive, you would have an unstoppable PC!