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January 7, 2010 2:17:35 AM

AMD Athalon II X4 or 720X3?? Will be pairing with 4890/4g ddr2/550 OCZ Fatal1ty. I am baffeled as to what I want, an extra core or the L3.
Just built and then sold 550BE/Gigabyte 770 UD3P/48501GB/2GB ddr3 1333. Got 13,222 on 3DMark06 at 3.7 OC. Could not unlock 2 addl cores on the 550. Want better FPS on Crysis/FC2 etc.

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January 7, 2010 3:25:47 AM

For $25 more than the X3 720BE ($140.99 @ you could get both the quad-core and the L3 cache as well as a higher clock speed:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor ($165.99)

Games like Crysis definitely like both the higher clock speed and take full advantage of multiple cores.
January 7, 2010 4:14:42 AM

Thanks!! Hadnt noticed that. I suppose the 955 is worth the extra. I was going to buy the oem, as I will be using an after market cooler. The oem is 110.00. Would the 940 be as good as the 955?? Noticed there is an oem of the 940.