I recently bought an inexpensive Gateway setup and stuck a 550W PSU and ATI Radeon 4870 in it. The Gateway has the newer 9100e (1.8GHz) Quad-core Phenom in it, but I feel like the processor clock speed is limiting me a bit in games. I noticed a comparably priced machine that was running a 9550 Phenom with an ATI 4850 instead. Which combination would give me better performance? Would I be able to upgrade the 9100e later? I was impressed by the processor's smaller chipset size and the fact that it consumes less energy/runs cooler than other Phenoms.
Also, is there ANY way at all to overclock the CPU on a Gateway RS785 mobo? I realize you get what you pay for, but I got a great deal on the system and it suits my needs for the most part, but I wouldn't mind just getting that sucker up to about 2.1 GHz or so, if possible.
* Performance at 1.8 GHz is low to begin with, worse when you have to factor in the TLB BIOS patch.
* The power-efficiency claim is not so compelling and it's a small and questionable victory on energy efficiency.
* At roughly $200, it is probably not worth the premium for such a low performance buggy processor.
* Maybe future bug-free B3 variants that have improved process with a more compelling price point will be worthwhile, but I can't recommend this CPU today. You would be better off with any cheaper dual-core from Intel or AMD.