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Respectable budget CPU, though newer options are more appealing
on 26 May 2014
I've used this CPU as a "super budget" processors for a few builds in the past.
My unlock rate is around 50% (check that the board supports core unlocking)
You can use it on socket AM2+/AM3/AM3+ boards
Performance wise it's good enough for a normal office or home pc that's not doing demanding work, such as browsing and email, watching videos and word processing. It's not really designed for heavy lifting but it can offer a cheap way of building a new pc if you are running an older single core from many years back, it's a good bit quicker than those (ie P4 3GHz models)
It gets around 850 for a single core in passmark
You can roughly double that if you can unlock it.
On the other hand the AMD A4-Series A4-5300 socket FM2 is around the same price, it's also a low power CPU and that pulls in a passmark score of 2100 odd, which is faster than the Sempron can muster even with both cores. You also get, "ok" graphics onboard as it's an APU (and whilst it's not a gamers chip it will do an ok job v the older onboard graphics you'd likely use on the Sempron)
It's worth a look if you need the lowest possible cost option for those sockets, it's probably not the best choice if you are building a super budget pc right now (it came out in 2010 and things have moved on a bit even in entry level processors) Other alternatives are hunting out second hand Athlon II dual core processors which are again better performers.
Still it's capable enough for a standard office pc and runs quiet with low power consumption. If you get one that will unlock that's a bonus.