Zusammenfassung: There are faster CPUs out now, but in 2011 this was a great purchase and still holds its own with games.
Pro: Hasn't let me down yet. Gaming, everything...still competitive...great investment at the time when I got it in 2011. I've brought this chip over into my new mini ITX build. Still running great, idles around 37.
Zusammenfassung: I am rocking this with a 5870 (shortly discontinued before this product launched). I see plenty of headroom on most games for when I upgrade my GPU. This platform can handle overclocking AND power saving mode simultaneously, which is amazing. Power when you need it, energy saving when you don't.
Pro: I've had this for 1.5 years, and what can I say. It is amazing. There is no need to point to benchmarks, as they all agree. Few games will see a great benefit from anything more than this or a 3570K since this cpu is discontinued.
Kontra: None. Hyper threading? Not that useful for gaming at the moment, and can be had for ~100 US dollars more, which is not much.