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What CPU do you own?

Total: 83 votes (5 blank votes)

  • icore pentium/i3/i5 dual
  • 3 %
  • icore i5 quad/i7/i7 980x
  • 22 %
  • core 2 quad/core2 extreme
  • 19 %
  • core 2 duo/ pentium Exxx
  • 9 %
  • Phenom IIx4/ phenom IIx3
  • 27 %
  • Athlon IIx4/Athlon IIx3
  • 7 %
  • Athlon IIx2/phenom IIx2
  • 3 %
  • Athlon 64x2/phenom/athlon 7xxx
  • 4 %
  • Athlon 64 single/sempron/Pentium 4/ celeron (netburst)
  • 3 %
  • Other (specify)
  • 8 %
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July 3, 2010 1:08:08 AM

The poll is this: What CPU is your current CPU and why did you buy it? If you have multiple, tell us about the one you are most happy about. If you have an "older CPU" let us know why you've stayed on with it :sol: 

Myself, is an Athlon IIx4 overclocked to 3.22GHz. It's fast and a cheap quad. the "poor man's phenom II". I would have gotten the x3 but for some reason when I got it, the x3 was either unavailable or priced the same as the x4 in Canada.

I only wish I could have given more poll options.

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July 3, 2010 1:31:38 AM

My current CPU is an Intel Core i7 920 D0. I bought it because it is well reviewed, powerful, and I bought it for photo/video editing mostly. I have many PC's but I am most happy about this one...its very powerful.
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July 3, 2010 1:41:27 AM

I'm still running the PH II x4 940. Judging from the latest test on Toms with <$150 CPU's, it was a good choice and still performs really well. I've had it as high as 3.82Ghz, that is without cranking the fans up to high.
24/7 operation I run with it at 3.6 with a reference clock of 205. I believe it will be my last quad core as I don't plan on changing anything for another year. Hopeful bulldozer is competitive.
I screwed up my wife's PH I quad (my ol 9850) so I got her the X3 athlon II at 2.9 Ghz. I've heard such good things, but the system if anything feels just a tad slower. Benchmarks are slightly lower too, I think the original Phenoms got a bad rap.
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July 3, 2010 1:47:02 AM

e5300 curent I bought this so I could crank it up 4Ghz for day to day use
I looked around for something I could just haul on and this lil fella was a god send
it took 2-3 days to get a stable 4.0 got it up to 4.16 but could not keep it stable past 4.1

I did buy a used q6600 but its still just sitting there I want to reformat before I install it

I'm honestly not feeling the need.
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July 3, 2010 2:39:05 AM

I am in the same boat as spentshells ... but I gave my Q6600 to one of the kids and kept the E5300 ... mine is at 3.46 on stock voltage and has plenty of grunt.

I have a heap of other PC's but I like this one for most stuff ... though I have a soft spot for my old Toshy A100.
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July 3, 2010 2:54:54 AM

I bought an i7 860 and i'm pleased with its versatility.
It may not do one thing great like the i5 750 (gaming) but it does many different things very well.
I also have a little i3 530 and i'm very impressed with it.
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July 3, 2010 4:11:15 AM

I voted Phenom II X4 since it's in the computer I'm currently posting, however I own more on the list.

Phenom X4 9850 @ 3.0Ghz, I bought this because I wanted to speed up render times in 3ds max over my Athlon X2. I got it early 09 after Phenom II launched but before socket AM3. Reason I chose it over a Phenom II was price, I paid $130 for it while the Phenom II 940 was still $230+. Haven't replaced it because Phenom really got a bad rap, clock for clock it's just as good as Athlon II and not far behind Phenom II.

Athlon II X4 630 @ 3.5Ghz. I bought this simply because the Athlon II quads are a great value, and it replaced the last Athlon X2 I owned. Felt like having all quad core processors simply because I could. lol I do make use of the extra cores rendering and folding at least.

Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.6Ghz. I got this shortly after AM3 and the 955 were released. I bought it because I had most of the components I needed to assemble a computer laying around, I just needed the motherboard and cpu. Found it on sale in a combo with a 790Gx based motherboard for just over $200, while the 955 was significantly more expensive, not to mention the DDR2 vs DDR3 price difference when socket AM3 launched.


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July 3, 2010 4:16:30 AM

i7 965 extreme, which I use for engineering applications and simulation. I game as well, but if that were the only thing I used my computer for, I would have bought a cheaper processor.
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July 3, 2010 4:24:39 AM

my fastest CPU is a Phenom II x 4 955 OC @ 3.6ghz

i also have an athlon x II 435 @ 3.3ghz for when Psycho's GF comes over

i like AMD CPU but not ATI video cards...go figure
July 3, 2010 4:25:28 AM

I'm very impressed with the i5 in my new laptop: the system takes only about 2W more power at idle than my Atom netbook and it plays all my games with no problems (I think GTA4 is probably the most CPU hungry I own).
July 3, 2010 4:46:30 AM

I am still using my P4 3.0 CPU. :pt1cable: 
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July 3, 2010 5:16:42 AM

Well... I bought a LGA 775 IX38 board to upgrade from my 939 4400+. I paired it with an E8400 I worked up to 4.0ghz(for 24/7).

I had plenty of speed to handle my games, even when I got my 4870. New CPUs were coming out and it looked like the 775 was going out so it was time to upgrade! Bought a Q9550 for $230 from the egg (lowest price I've seen if I remember right). OCed it to 4ghz (which required me to test my mobo's ability) and have been loving it with my crossfired 4890s. I plan for it to last me another few years TBH (assuming I convince myself to buy a 30" monster resolution monitor + 5870 crossfire).
July 3, 2010 5:34:39 AM

DXRick said:
I am still using my P4 3.0 CPU. :pt1cable: 


That was what I upgraded from to the i5 :) .
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July 3, 2010 6:24:34 AM

My processor is the Intel Xeon X7560 2.26Ghz 8-Core Processor with 24mb cache. I bought it because it's the most powerful processor on earth and I am very happy with as it handles anything.


....I Wish :)  HAHA
July 3, 2010 6:40:28 AM

Still using an Athlon 64 2800. lollers!

Don't really game with it 'neways. Dawn of War, UT99/2k4, Diablo 2, Occasional Half Life...
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July 3, 2010 12:05:41 PM

I have a 550BE unlocked to quad running at 3.55ghz I got it on the chance it would unlock and if it didn't it should still be a good gaming CPU (though maybe not as good value as an Athlon x3 or x4) to go with my Radeon 4890 from my old PC.
July 4, 2010 5:27:13 PM

Phenom ii x4 945

Bought on a budget...came with a sweet combo on newegg.com

Most bang for the buck
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July 4, 2010 5:45:37 PM

Pentium E2200 at stock settings. All I really do day to day is word processing.
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July 4, 2010 6:04:12 PM

i applied what is in my desktop to the poll

i have a Phenom II X4 810 (@2.99GHz) on an athlon X2 125TDP stock cooler (ie the one with the copper pipes), I bought this since the other Phenom II X4's and the Core i7's were out of my price (April 2009)

my older laptop has a Core 2 Duo T7200, reasonable when i purchased it

and my newer one has a Core i7-720QM, needed something with some oomph and quad core for some of the programming i do

my HTPC as the athlon II x2 240, its all that was needed
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July 5, 2010 12:09:09 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
My current CPU is an Intel Core i7 920 D0. I bought it because it is well reviewed, powerful, and I bought it for photo/video editing mostly. I have many PC's but I am most happy about this one...its very powerful.

Pretty much says it all for me, as well!! Except, my wife does more of the photo editing stuff (I do do a little myself... HAHA.. I said DoDo :lol:  ) and I do the gaming part :) 
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July 5, 2010 12:17:14 AM

E8500 $50
E5200 $50
i3 540 $85

low power + efficiency + gr8 performance

need i say more?
July 5, 2010 3:34:53 AM

Currently using my laptop running a Core2 T7200. I have a desktop with an E8500 that servers my gaming purposes and another with a QX6700 for folding purposes.

The E8500 I got because it was cheap at the time. The QX6700 because I already had the majority of a system laying around and needed an LGA 775 chip for it.
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July 5, 2010 3:45:22 AM

current computers are:

i5 750 @3.73 GHz
i3 530 @ stock
X4 955 @ 3.9 GHz
X2 550 @ 3.5 GHz

and 3 dell computers with 1 amd 64, and 2 pentiums. the i5 750 i got since it has very good gaming performance for the price, 955 since it was the only amd cpu using ddr3 at the time, i3 530 for an htpc, 550 for since it was cheap and could be unlocked.
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July 5, 2010 6:24:22 AM

^ Quite a collection. May I ask the "Why?", from the title? :) 
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July 5, 2010 12:48:25 PM

what do you mean by "why" ?
July 5, 2010 12:52:13 PM

where to start, lol. my pc is a Phenom II X4 955BE@3.8Ghz and I got it for no reason, wanted a decent Quad CPU that was cheap, I have an AMD L310 1.2DC @ 1.6Ghz in my laptop, I have a Pentium D820 & 630, both of them free so I took them, Also a Pentium 4 2.4Ghz CPU, paid $10 for it 3 years ago, a Celeron 2.7Ghz, free, plus several others, most free as I get so much from companies when I fix PC's
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July 5, 2010 2:17:47 PM

Quote:
Ive always been a AMD guy since the Athlon II days.


ah the Athlon II days...takes me back to a simpler time...a gentler time....good old 2009...seems so looooong ago :lol: 
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July 5, 2010 3:07:48 PM

Mine is a Opty 170 it is a dual core that serves all my needs. In combination with 8800GT it still plays all the games I like just fine (no FPS).
Other in house CPU´s;
Phenom 9950, X2 5400+, Celeron 1GHz (Win98 older games) and 5 different mobile CPU´s.
July 5, 2010 4:39:45 PM

ct1615 said:
ah the Athlon II days...takes me back to a simpler time...a gentler time....good old 2009...seems so looooong ago :lol: 


Maybe he meant the original 939 Athlon X2s...
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July 5, 2010 4:51:17 PM

he probably did, i just found it funny when i first read it :D 
a c 159 à CPUs
July 5, 2010 6:14:12 PM

Why only one option?

I have a Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.8GHz build for me and a i7-920 that I won in a OC contest :) 
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July 5, 2010 6:29:16 PM

ares1214 said:
what do you mean by "why" ?


Ah, I thought you currently owned all of those. It is just your progression?
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July 5, 2010 6:44:00 PM

Just a E6600 in my HTPC which was in my Primary PC.

Q9450 in my Primary PC. Why? I wanted to upgrade my old HTPC which had an Athlon XP-M 2600+ and to get something that would handle multi-threaded video encoding better than an E6600 in my Primary PC.
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July 5, 2010 7:19:59 PM

enzo matrix said:
The poll is this: What CPU is your current CPU and why did you buy it? If you have multiple, tell us about the one you are most happy about. If you have an "older CPU" let us know why you've stayed on with it :sol: 

Myself, is an Athlon IIx4 overclocked to 3.22GHz. It's fast and a cheap quad. the "poor man's phenom II". I would have gotten the x3 but for some reason when I got it, the x3 was either unavailable or priced the same as the x4 in Canada.

I only wish I could have given more poll options.


Too bad there are not multiple options since I have multiple machines.

1. My main machine uses a Socket 939 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ that I bought in late 2005 because the performance of the A64 X2s were much better than that of the Pentium Ds and they were no more expensive. I've stuck with it for these five years simply because I don't have the money to replace it with a proper workstation. I'll do that within the next year, most likely with an AMD Socket G34-based unit or maybe if they release it in time, a Socket R/LGA2011 Sandy Bridge unit.

2. My laptop uses a Core 2 Duo T7250 (Socket P, 800 MHz FSB, 65 nm w/2 MB L2). This chip was the cheapest CPU in a 14.1" Dell Latitude than had SpeedStep and wouldn't eat my battery in two hours. I basically picked out the machine first and then chose the CPU later. The Latitudes are very good machines and the E5400 I have is just about the right size and price. The 45 nm Penryns were out at that time and were better chips, but they were significantly more expensive than the T7250, and this is just a work laptop and I didn't need much for CPU grunt.

3. My HTPC uses an Athlon XP 3200+ since a buddy gave me an ASUS A7N8X-E with that chip sitting in it. He got a new machine and his wife made him get rid of the old parts, and I said I'd take it. I previously ran a 1 GHz PIII Coppermine on a VIA board as my HTPC and this was a massive step up. I'm still running it as it still works well and I don't have any newer parts to replace it.

4. My file server uses two 3.20 GHz Xeon Gallatins (2 MB L3, 533 MHz FSB.) The PIII I used in my HTPC got repurposed for file/media/print server duty after I got the XP 3200+ and wasn't really up to snuff as a file server. I got the Gallatins an E7501-based server board, and a PCI-X SAS/SATA controller from eBay for cheap, and it works very well as a file server.
July 5, 2010 7:46:42 PM

Q9550, bought it because it replaced an old Conroe E6300 in a Gigabyte DS3 board, didn't feel like upgrading too much to the point of needing to buy new ram (DDR3), and the price was dirt cheap $180 (new) so I had to pull the trigger and I'll be happy for a while.
July 5, 2010 8:56:42 PM

phenom II x4 925
working on a budget and had to go for the lower clocked one
most intensive task I do really is gaming and some light video editing so it was more than enough
July 5, 2010 9:09:10 PM

Athlon II X3 440 @ 3.6GHz

Saw an add from a local retailer (Fry's) for the CPU/MSI 785GTM-E45 combo for $80. Couldn't resist. The 4th core unlocks, but no L3, so left as an X3 and OC'd it a bit.
July 5, 2010 10:01:04 PM

FX-60. Can't afford to upgrade yet. Still does everything I want it to with no lag, can't complain.
July 6, 2010 1:12:54 AM

Core 2 Duo E8500 OCd to 4.10Ghz, does everything I need it too, and runs cool.
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July 6, 2010 4:35:48 AM

I still have a core2duo e6300, that hasn't let me down in over 4 years of use.It does everything that I want from it but its a pity I can't overclock it with my Intel motherboard which has also lasted the same time without a problem.
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July 6, 2010 7:00:41 AM

X3 435, unlocked to 4 cores and clocked to 3.5, I'd never built a pc before so I kind took the first decent looking mobo bundle I saw on Egay, Turns out in retrospect I lucked out :)  although I cant get my L3 :(  not to worry tho, cant have everything..
Moto
July 6, 2010 7:33:43 AM

PC is athlon 64 3500+ (939) :) 

my lappy is Core2duo P8400
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July 6, 2010 10:59:55 AM

1055t @ 3.8ghz turbo on!

Have got 4.6ghz on air, but temps quickly get out of hand, 4.5 will be ok in winter with window open lol, 4.1 is great but power consumption a bit high and no turbo at over 4ghz, so 3.8 with turbo with decent 50 Celsius load temps and 1.45v is best compromise really, allows for silent running!
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July 6, 2010 11:35:14 AM

O.K. here are the CPU's of my recent PC's (4 desktops) of the past 2 years.
Phenom X4 9850 BE
Phenom II X4 940 BE
Athlon II X2 240 (a budget but fun system)
Phenom II X4 955 BE

Not including my older systems (Athlon 64's and Pentium 4's or older)
July 6, 2010 12:57:55 PM

I am running a Phenom II 940 Black @3.5 (Need to tweak voltages and timing of ram to get it stable at high mhz but I am a noob overclocker) to replace a Core 2 Duo e6600 that ran afoul of a Big Water Thermaltake liquid cooling system failure (My first attempt at water, now I just use air with a Noctua ND-u12 cooler I think it is). I got it because it was much cheaper than building a new Intel Rig and I was pairing 4870's after paired 8800's (Which kept burning out all on their own, had bad luck with the 8800's).

I am happy with my 940, it has run everything I've thrown at it fine, but the 5770's are not able to push my 28" monitor as well as I'd like in games without SLI enabled.

P.S. Anyone want to tell me the secret to get this thing to boot and be stable at 4ghz (What voltage I should put it up to, would be very happy)
July 7, 2010 2:09:30 AM

I own Phenom II x2 555 BE, because

(1) I knew there was a good chance to unlock. Now it's a quad x4 B55;
(2) Bulldozer will be AM3 (please please please) and in a year I would change to much higher class CPU.

waiting for a bigger HSF to do some tweaking and then stressing the unlocked quad to see if cores are all healthy.
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July 7, 2010 2:18:02 AM

^Bulldozer will be AM3 and AM3r2 that is the same that AM2/AM2+.
July 7, 2010 5:24:14 PM

i have core i5 750 OC at 3.6, it was a huge jump from P4 2.66, plays games very well and fast enough for me.
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