One of my computers uses this item from AMD. I do not know much about computers but I can share my experience with this product. My experience has been very positive and even though this does not have four cores, I can tell you that a lot of things can be done with all four cores. So I do the typical things on my desktop computer; on the Internet playing online poker watching some movies and playing games once in a while on a big title comes out. With some games I will lag a bit but as long as I have the graphics options at a reasonable settings, this processor seems to do pretty well. So far, I have no need to upgrade as it does things well the vast majority of times. Portals people interested, this item from what I've read online is good for tweaking. If you are interested in that type of game, I'm sure it is a positive attribute that can be appreciated if you know how to do it.