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Phenom II x4 940 AM2+ worh buying?

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October 20, 2009 11:39:49 PM

Hi everyone,
My system specs:
Foxconn A7GM-S MotherBoard
4GB OCZ 667ghz ram
AMD Athlon X2 6000+ @ 3.1ghz

I'm upgrading to windows 7 premium 64bit and when I'm doing so I am looking at getting a 4core CPU. Do think that the Phenom II x4 940 (AM2+ version) would be slowed down by my slow ram and a mid-low rang motherboard? I want the cheapest upgrade, so I'll be selling my current processor.

Life626
October 21, 2009 12:25:50 AM

life626 said:
Hi everyone,
My system specs:
Foxconn A7GM-S MotherBoard
4GB OCZ 667ghz ram
AMD Athlon X2 6000+ @ 3.1ghz

I'm upgrading to windows 7 premium 64bit and when I'm doing so I am looking at getting a 4core CPU. Do think that the Phenom II x4 940 (AM2+ version) would be slowed down by my slow ram and a mid-low rang motherboard? I want the cheapest upgrade, so I'll be selling my current processor.

Life626


I'd get either a PhII 945 for a few dollars less than the 940 or I'd pay $10.00 more and get the PhII 955 if you want the black edition.

There really is no reason to buy a AM2+ version of any Phenom II at this time. (Which is why they stopped making them.) NOTE: You do know that AM3 CPU will work in a AM2+ socket if the bios supports it? And your bios does support it.

If you wait a bit longer you might get one of the new C3 steppings being released around November 4th. Less power use and more overclocking overhead if you overclock. If not the lower temperature is never a bad thing.


October 21, 2009 12:42:16 AM

Oh, you can get a AM3 to work on my board? I didn't know that AM2+ and AM3 were the same with a update for the bios. Thanks for the information!
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October 21, 2009 1:32:28 AM

Yes you can drop a AM3 in an AM2+ M/B of course a BIOS flash is required to update the M/B However, FYI you cannot use an AM2+ in a AM3 M/B.

Personally I would steer clear of the 940 since AMD crippled it with the 3600mhz HT, to me it was a big OCing disappointment and was the reason my main gaming machine is now Intel powered, and my wife is running the 940.

You may not even be an OCer but make sure your M/B can handle the wattage required by the quads 125w or 140w, thats pretty important and a deal killer.
October 21, 2009 3:13:22 AM

Could my A7GM-S board support/handle a Phenom II x4 955? I looked and haven't found that answer.
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October 21, 2009 5:03:01 AM

940 isn't bad, and it would be worth getting if it was on sale or something, but priced only a few $ from both the 945 and 955 there is no real reason to purchase it.
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October 21, 2009 5:12:42 AM

life626 said:
Could my A7GM-S board support/handle a Phenom II x4 955? I looked and haven't found that answer.

According to this page, it can handle AM3, but for some reason they dont have a CPU support list (stupid Foxconn) so it might not be able to handle 140w cpus.

http://www.foxconnchannel.com/product/Motherboards/deta...
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October 21, 2009 9:04:57 AM

4Ryan6 said:
Yes you can drop a AM3 in an AM2+ M/B of course a BIOS flash is required to update the M/B However, FYI you cannot use an AM2+ in a AM3 M/B.

Personally I would steer clear of the 940 since AMD crippled it with the 3600mhz HT, to me it was a big OCing disappointment and was the reason my main gaming machine is now Intel powered, and my wife is running the 940.

You may not even be an OCer but make sure your M/B can handle the wattage required by the quads 125w or 140w, thats pretty important and a deal killer.

Who needs more than 940 for gaming for cry's sakes? And you could have gotten a PII 955.
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October 21, 2009 11:50:46 AM

4Ryan6 said:
Yes you can drop a AM3 in an AM2+ M/B of course a BIOS flash is required to update the M/B However, FYI you cannot use an AM2+ in a AM3 M/B.

Personally I would steer clear of the 940 since AMD crippled it with the 3600mhz HT, to me it was a big OCing disappointment and was the reason my main gaming machine is now Intel powered, and my wife is running the 940.

You may not even be an OCer but make sure your M/B can handle the wattage required by the quads 125w or 140w, thats pretty important and a deal killer.


I got 3.5GHz and 2400MHz NB with a 940BE at stock volts with a MSI 790FX sb600 --- and didn't really try.

And btw, half of the quad core microprocessors from AMD are 95w or less (including the 65w PhenomII X4 905e but not including the new 45w Athlon II quad core microprocessors that were released yesterday)
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October 21, 2009 12:24:10 PM

Cryslayer80 said:
Who needs more than 940 for gaming for cry's sakes? And you could have gotten a PII 955.


I bought my 940 when it was first released there was no 955 then.
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October 21, 2009 12:37:15 PM

Wisecracker said:
I got 3.5GHz and 2400MHz NB with a 940BE at stock volts with a MSI 790FX sb600 --- and didn't really try.

And btw, half of the quad core microprocessors from AMD are 95w or less (including the 65w PhenomII X4 905e but not including the new 45w Athlon II quad core microprocessors that were released yesterday)


Well I got my Phenom II 940BE to 3.8GHZ and benchwise and gamewise it couldn't best my AMD Phenom 9950BE clocked at 3.2GHZ , and after multiple tests and performance comparisons between the 2 CPUs, it ended up in my wifes computer and my 9950BE in my secondary gaming rig.

So from my own personal experience I cannot in good conscience recommend the AMD Phenom II 940BE to anyone planning to OC their machines, however at stock speeds it does what my wife uses her computer for all day long.
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October 21, 2009 12:50:34 PM

life626 said:
Could my A7GM-S board support/handle a Phenom II x4 955? I looked and haven't found that answer.



There is an AM3 BIOS flash available for your M/B but the website doesn't clearly state the wattage capability of the M/B, I would call their telephone support and ask a tech rep just to be on the safe side.
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October 21, 2009 2:03:33 PM

4Ryan6 said:
There is an AM3 BIOS flash available for your M/B but the website doesn't clearly state the wattage capability of the M/B, I would call their telephone support and ask a tech rep just to be on the safe side.



The Phenom 955 is supported --- as well as the recently released Athlon II quads ---- on their CPU support list.




October 21, 2009 2:15:40 PM

Ahh,.. Phenom II 955 Black Edition...


One of AMD's bonafied Overclocking Star! No doubt!
October 21, 2009 4:27:26 PM

PII 940? Just buy it, you won't be dissapointed :D 

And don't bother with the 955, in my opinion you are paying like £30-$60 for 200mhz more per core. Just overclock the 940 :) 
October 22, 2009 2:18:47 AM

Wisecracker said:
The Phenom 955 is supported --- as well as the recently released Athlon II quads ---- on their CPU support list.



Do you have a link to the place were saw that the phenom II 955 was supported for my board? I would appreciate it I don't want to spend $180 to find it doesn't work, If you know what I mean.
October 22, 2009 2:39:45 AM

I agree, Unless the 940 went on a big sale than I don't know why you would get it. Thanks for the link! Yeah they got the things you need but not easily accessible .
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October 22, 2009 12:47:26 PM

@keithlm

Good find on that CPU support list !
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