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Phenom X4 955 Vs Phenom X6 1055T

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May 11, 2010 9:23:29 AM

I'm kinda stuck on which one to get, the X4 955 is $187 and the X6 is $270. My main uses for this computer are gaming, internet browsing and work and maybe some occasional Photoshop. Is it worth the extra money for the X6, I heard it's not as good in gaming so I might just go for the 955. Is there any major benefit in getting the X6?
May 11, 2010 9:32:40 AM

SevenSacredSins said:
I'm kinda stuck on which one to get, the X4 955 is $187 and the X6 is $270. My main uses for this computer are gaming, internet browsing and work and maybe some occasional Photoshop. Is it worth the extra money for the X6, I heard it's not as good in gaming so I might just go for the 955. Is there any major benefit in getting the X6?


For you sir, the 955 will be perfect. It will also perform better when it comes to gaming.

The X6 is only going to perform better in more heavily threaded applications, which you probably will not be using, judging from what you said. Would be a waste of money for you as well as a decrease in gaming performance.
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May 11, 2010 9:34:10 AM

More cores is almost always a good idea long term. But I'm not sure its worth that price premium if your gaming. In some places, they are priced much closer, and then the choice is really tough.
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May 11, 2010 9:39:22 AM

As others have said.

Go with max quad your pc can take. Most probly 965BE Stepping 2. This should keep you happy untill they bring out the 8 Cores in the next 2-3 years.
By that time all games/software will be multi-thread.
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May 11, 2010 9:39:34 AM

I have a AMD Phenom II X4 955 on a GA-790FXTA-UD5, I use a F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH g.skill memory. X4 is good for gaming, photoshop and video editing. Well it is not really that fast when you compare it to intel procs and my memory is running 1333 only - I have tried a 1600 but not all slot can be occupied. One thing I use a xigmatek thor cpu cooler for this and a corsair 750W psu coz I have crossfire HD4770 video card.
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May 11, 2010 10:50:56 AM

Most games are currently GPU bound, with a few exceptions. The benefit of a 6-core vs. a 4-core phenom is based on whether or not the difference in price between the two can afford you a better graphics card.

Keep in mind that down the road, should you find yourself doing more and more Photoshop and multi-use office related work tasks that would benefit from extra cores, there is nothing stopping you from buying a CPU-only upgrade, as it looks like AMD has a very good future approach to releasing more and more cores on a single die without having to change the socket architecture (or at least maintaining backwards compatibility ala AM2+ and AM3), unlike Intel, who is caught in a loop of forever-changing mainboard architectures to better support more on-die features that AMD crossed the line on years ago.
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May 11, 2010 12:24:09 PM

If i were you il go whit the quad and get a better video card, theres no game that can really benefit from more than 4 cores.
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