I have been looking at buying one of the two cpu for a new build. I was wondering if there is any real advantage to having the 965. It sounds like it is just the 955 with the multiplier set 1 higher. Is there any overclocking advantages?
If I bought the 965 it would be the 125W not the 140W.
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Anyway to answer your question, I am pretty certain that there is basically no difference in overclocking performance between the 2 and you should expect to get about 3.8 GHz out of either at best. I recommend saving some money and going with the 955, I am pretty certain you won't lose anything by going with it.
Also, what is your price range? If you can afford a 965 then I recommend looking into the i5 750, or the X3440 which has hyperthreading for only about $30 more (depends on where you live of course). Either option is better, faster clock for clock and they overclock higher. Also you will be able to utilize both SLI and crossfire which is really nice in my opinion.
Well at first I was going to go with cheap $100 chip like the AMD x2 550, but then I decided that I wanted x4 (tho some 550 can have all 4 cores unlocked). I really didn't want to pay $195 for a chip, but I thought that if it was actually worth it then $30 more wasn't bad.
I did do some reading on the i5 and i7. When I added up the cost of the chip and mobo then compared it to the performance, it just wasn't worth it for me.
The C3 965 (125w) is not the same as the 965 (140w) , while it still may not be justifiable to purchased a 965 over a 955, the newer 965 has more overclocking headroom and runs a bit cooler than the 140w.