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Hot as hell...in both senses
on 4 January 2016
I bought this as an emergency replacement for my previous i3 3220 and it performs vey nicely in terms of gaming, I bought a 750 ti along with it and I am able run cs:go at 160FPS and fallout 4 at 60+. Unlike my old CPU, it does not slow down when I run multiple low end programs like skype, 6+ tabs of chrome, steam, an antivirus(in my case Avast) + a game so no complaints there either!
The stock cooler it comes with is ridiculously mediocre. This was my first time buying from AMD and I have to say I am terribly disappointed with the temps. When I used the max performance settings on their power management software I was at 80 degrees on load. Is this the turbo boost function being too much? I don't know but after I disabled it my temperature is now which is 70 degrees on load which is literally JUST on the precipice of being throttled according to AMD Overdrive so If I want to overclock this bad boy I will be needing to spend even more on an after market cooler.
In comparison my previous CPU which is only slightly worse than this in terms of single thread performance was at 40 degrees on load at 1/4 the overall power consumption. Though that being said, it was only a dual core and would bottlenecked most medium range GPUs or above.
In terms of price efficiency it's definitely a good deal if you're utilising all of the cores it but in hindsight fellow budget gamers like me could have gone with a cheaper x4 965 and gotten the same, if not better, results had I used the money I saved to buy a better GPU and/or an SSD.
To conclude, the 6300 is pretty good for a midrange, 6 core CPU especially if you're ocing but can do better if you're a gamer hellbent on getting the most efficient prices out of everything.