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AMD Phenom X3 720 or Propus 620?

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December 7, 2009 3:08:03 PM

Which is the better deal? An AMD Propus 620 for $99 at Newegg or A Phenom X3 720 for about the same price. I am looking to use the GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H mobo and may later add additional discrete graphic card.

I don;t do games, but I do photo/video editting, Blurb, Adobe 3D pdfs, etc.

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December 7, 2009 3:16:38 PM
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I would go with the Propus 620, it performs better in those type of applications, which utilize all four cores... http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=363...
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December 7, 2009 3:23:10 PM

For what you do, the extra core with the Athlon II X4 620 would probably be a better choice.
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December 8, 2009 9:56:31 AM

Well, if you manage to unlock the 4th core on the 720 (as I did), the 720 will be better since it has more cache.

An unlocked 720 is equal to a 940! Plan wisely and if you have more questions, let me know.
December 8, 2009 1:26:26 PM

xsever said:
Well, if you manage to unlock the 4th core on the 720 (as I did), the 720 will be better since it has more cache.

An unlocked 720 is equal to a 940! Plan wisely and if you have more questions, let me know.


How does one unlock the 4th core of a 720? The system I am planning on is:

MB: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3- 12800CL9D-4GBNQ
CASE: Antec 300
HD: WD 500 gb Black Caviar

Are all 720s unlockable? Is it a slam dunk to succeed?

I am replacing an old Athlon Barton 2500+ Socket A system (6 yrs old) with MSI K7N2 Delta-L/ ILSR
December 8, 2009 1:30:11 PM

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The 720 is just as fast as the 940 in games, even without the 4th core enabled.

However if you dont game, the 620 is the best deal. If you decide to game, just overclock it to at least 3ghz and your in business.



Right now at New Egg they are doing a deal with the 720 X3, combining it with the MB I am planning on getting anyways and then the price lower than the 620.
December 14, 2009 8:32:58 PM

Rural76 said:
How does one unlock the 4th core of a 720? The system I am planning on is:

MB: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Are all 720s unlockable? Is it a slam dunk to succeed?



I can across this thread while I was searching for the answer to this question. It appears (after hour+ research) that the only Phenom x3s that are pretty much garunteed to have a functioning 4th core are ones purchesed when the processor first came out, and nowadays theres a good chance the unlocked 4th core will be defective. It is also true that not all motherboards seem to work for this, even if they have the feature (ACC) that you need to enable to unlock. Despite this knowlege I am going to attempt an unlock on a phenom Im getting this christmas with the exact same motherboard as youre getting so I can tell you how it pans out. Even if the 4th core doesnt work, the x3 with three cores will still meet my needs handily, which is why im taking the risk (it overclocks like a dream apparently as well).
December 15, 2009 2:40:31 AM

I unlocked mine with the same mobo you listed there, and I just bought them both on black friday. It is very easy to do in the BIOS, and overclocked as well to 3.2GHz. Temps on Prime95 are about 57C in that configuration with the stock cooler.
December 21, 2009 9:45:32 PM

I too, bought the same combo: AMD Phenom x3 720 Black (Heka) w/ Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3H Mobo from NewEgg on Black Friday. Last night I was able to unlock the 720's 4th core and now it shows it as a 940b (Deneb) using CPUZ. Running Prime95 for 10 minutes, I got it stable at 3.2GHz at above 55C on AMD's stock cooler . Core voltage set on auto/normal has me at 1.360v, I just slowly ramped up multiplier from 14 to 16.0. Nice!
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