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March 2, 2010 7:49:52 PM

what is better. the AMD athlon II X4 or the AMD Phenom X4?

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a c 105 à CPUs
March 2, 2010 7:57:49 PM

athlon II, the first phenom are below par (putting it nicely)
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March 2, 2010 7:59:19 PM

The main difference between the two is that the Phenom II's have a 6MB L3 cache whereas the Athlon II's only have L2 cache; no L3 cache. Whether this translates to real-life perfomance gains is another thing though. I guess it depends what you intend to be doing with your computer.

Have a look at this article from Tom's:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/athlon-l3-cache,241...
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a c 105 à CPUs
March 2, 2010 8:00:42 PM

they posted Phenom X4, not Phenom II X4

large performance difference between the two
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March 2, 2010 8:01:26 PM

Ahhhh right, apologies for the confusion. There are two Phenom lines from AMD. The Phenom I if you will are below par as ct1615 put it ;)  If you were referring to those chips then the Athlon II would be better. If you meant the Phenom II chips then refer to the above ^^^
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March 2, 2010 11:15:20 PM

if you meant phenom ii, then thats the better 1, but if you meant phenom eg 9600,9650,9550etc, the newer series only has 3numbers, 925,945,965,etc the athlon ii x4 620 is now $95, increadible deal
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