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Phenom 2x4 965 Black that runs @ 140w

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November 24, 2009 10:08:28 PM

I understand they now have a new unit that runs @ 120w and runs cooler??
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November 24, 2009 10:18:19 PM

The difference isn't huge, it's mostly a benefit for overclockers who really want to squeeze the most that they can.

Obviously a 125w TDP chip is better overall than a 140w TDP one, but we really are talking pretty miniscule differences. If you can get the 140w version for a lot less, it is probably worth it.
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November 24, 2009 10:31:40 PM

Dont get either, get the 955, the 965 isnt worth the price premium since the 955 has an unlocked multiplier too.

Toms did a review, in the end the difference werent much, 10W difference at load, 2W at idle, and 1C temp different at load, not much of a difference but it allowed them to drop it down to a 125W TDP.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-x4-965,2468-...
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November 25, 2009 12:13:26 AM

Thanks a lot for the info!!
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November 25, 2009 12:19:56 AM

The 125W version is on the new C3 stepping and does offer a little better overclocking results, however there are still instances where people can't get past the 3.8Ghz barrier.
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November 25, 2009 12:50:35 AM


The price difference between the two versions of the chip is SEVEN DOLLARS. Seven dollars for a chip that uses 10w less at load is well worth it to me.

The 955 is 168.99. The 965 125w is 196.99. It comes down to what you intend to do with the cpu/machine. If you are not going to overclock then ask yourself is it worth for to pay almost 30 dollars more for 400mhz. I would. If you're going to overclock them would it be worth it to pay the extra 30 bucks for the 965. I would say no.

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November 25, 2009 1:27:19 AM

^Its actually $30 more for 200 MHz (3.4 GHz vs. 3.2 GHz), which does not make sense in a price/GHz ratio (normally we can't do this for cpus, but since they're both in the same family, we can) 965 has $/GHz ratio ~$58 where the 955 has a $/GHz ratio ~$53.
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November 25, 2009 1:32:00 AM

Correct.
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