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Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz vs Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz

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March 5, 2009 11:57:30 PM

It's a bit more expensive, but will I see an improvement in gaming? I plan OC'ing either to 3.0GHz.
March 6, 2009 12:55:34 AM

You probably won't see a difference in gaming for awhile. If you're keeping it for 2 years or more, I'd go with the X4 810.
March 6, 2009 1:01:49 AM

I would go for the X3 720. The more cache per core will help for gaming.
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March 6, 2009 1:04:04 AM

the extra core only really makes a difference if the game in question makes use of it.
At the moment, I would go for the X3 and overclock it. You cant go wrong.
March 6, 2009 1:34:23 AM

there have been rumors going around about certain biostar motherboards being able to unlock the 4th core of the x3 chips. I almost bought a system today to tinker around with, but backed out once I found out how much new tires cost.
March 6, 2009 2:37:48 AM

Certain Asrock M/B's will do it too but you don't buy a chip because some early buyers got a bonus. The 720 is a Black Edition and OC'ing to 3.0 would just be a matter of changing the x14 to an x15. No muss, no fuss and there is more available cache for however many cores are in use.
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