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Faster Dual Core .V. Slower Quad Core

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December 25, 2008 5:41:48 PM

Hey,

For around the same price range I can buy a 2.6 ish Ghz Quad Core or a 3 ish Ghz Dual Core (AMD's). What do you think would be the better option? Especially as Windows is always a bit iffy when operating off multiple cores; the last thing I want is poor preformance off a Quad Core!

Thanks,
December 25, 2008 5:56:07 PM

Depends on what you plan on doing.
Gaming?

Video Editing?

DVD back ups?

Heavy Multitasking?
December 25, 2008 5:58:04 PM

get the duel core if u want to play games, get the quad if u wanna decode, winzip or do other media. for AMD i would get like the athlon x2 7750 BE and overclock the hell outta it.
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Anonymous
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December 25, 2008 6:20:03 PM

I would be using it from everything from Software Development to Gaming and Photoshop. And Heavy multi-tasking. Although it must be able to play games for sure.
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December 25, 2008 6:25:35 PM

The Athlon X2 7750 BE just became available at newegg.At 2.7 Ghz I think that it does a little better than the 3.2 Ghz Athlon 64 X2 6400.So you can't compare Ghz as to performance.It's essentially a Phenom Quad Core running at 2.7 Ghz with 2 cores disabled.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Take a look at Toms' hardware CPU Charts and other charts then decide.
AMD's Quad Cores are fine on games though not as fast as Intels that is until the Phenom II is released very soon
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-q...
Quads work great in Windows especially Vista 64 bit.

Personally I would wait (about 1-2 months) until the Phenom II 940 (or 920) is released if you have a AM2+ motherboard capable of using it and there is an updated BIOS for your motherboard.
The 2.6 Ghz Phenom X4 9950 is just too expensive for its worth.At 2.5 Ghz the Phenom X4 9850 is a better buy but again since the Phenom II is coming out I would wait as it is suppossed to have a substantially better performance that AMD's current Quad Core CPU's.
Anonymous
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December 25, 2008 6:50:09 PM

What sort of prices are the Phenom II's aiming at? Iv read they could reach up to 4 Ghz - I imaging it would be pricey. I wont bother waiting if the Phenom II's is going to be out my price range.
December 25, 2008 6:57:29 PM

about $300 for the 940 or so ive heard....
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December 25, 2008 7:02:52 PM

I've heard $275 for the 940 and about $235 for the 920
Anonymous
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December 25, 2008 7:03:41 PM

That is a bit too pricey I think.
Anonymous
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December 25, 2008 8:07:55 PM

What would you choose from the following; bearing in mind that the system will be used for gaming with the latest games as well as other resource intensive tasks. Although I hope my high end HD Video card will take care of that :) , System running XP or Vista, 32 bit.

  • AMD Phenom X4 9950 Quad Core Processor [2.6 Ghz]
  • AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor [2.5 Ghz]
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor [3.10 Ghz]
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Processor [2.8 Ghz]
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor [3.0 Ghz]


  • Thanks, If there are any ones not on the list that you think are better please say so.
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    December 25, 2008 8:14:33 PM

    Of those I would go for the 9850 especially since you mentioned heavy multitasking.
    Plus it comes with a good stock CPU cooler.
    Anonymous
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    December 25, 2008 8:35:48 PM

    So say I then entered the realm of overclocking and overclicked the 9850, how high would I get it? Would the preformance then increase substancially? I am pinned down by the "Mega Hertz Myth" here, something is making me think that the 2.6 quad or 3.1 dual will preform better than the 9850...
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    December 25, 2008 8:47:37 PM

    On overclocking a 9850 if you have a 790FX mobo with the 600 SB chip you will probably get a safe stable 2.8 Ghz OC.With a 790 FX mobo with the 750 SB you will get a higher OC of say perhaps around 3.0 to 3.2 Ghz if your lucky.
    Of course it's dependant on if you use the stock air cooler or a better aftermarket one or go with more exotic cooling. Yes,the 9950 is slightly faster and OC's a little better albeit it's pricier.
    None of these chips overclock very much unlike the Phenom II or Intel's CPU's.
    I just chose the 9850 because it's much less expensive than the 9950 and is only slightly slower.
    I've heard that the 2.7 Ghz Athlon X2 7750 BE overclocks pretty well.3.2 Ghz should be easily obtained on it.It would make the better choice over the other duals.
    March 24, 2013 12:30:58 AM

    Quad core, given the nature of the task you do. Quad core will enable multi-tasking and divide up the workload of the CPU into 4 manageable sections. A dual core is great but I would rather an AMD quad core than an Intel dual core for what you do.
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    March 24, 2013 12:34:54 AM

    whistler51 said:
    Quad core, given the nature of the task you do. Quad core will enable multi-tasking and divide up the workload of the CPU into 4 manageable sections. A dual core is great but I would rather an AMD quad core than an Intel dual core for what you do.


    Do you have an idea how old this thread is ????....The person must have bought that build by now and would be looking for its replacement.
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    April 9, 2013 10:57:49 PM

    ayushde said:
    whistler51 said:
    Quad core, given the nature of the task you do. Quad core will enable multi-tasking and divide up the workload of the CPU into 4 manageable sections. A dual core is great but I would rather an AMD quad core than an Intel dual core for what you do.


    Do you have an idea how old this thread is ????....The person must have bought that build by now and would be looking for its replacement.


    LOL
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