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Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz or Intel Core I5 750 2.66 GHz

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July 18, 2010 3:28:15 AM

Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz or Intel Core I5 750 2.66 GHz
For vmware and games
I know that there are people who supports Intel and others who supports AMD. Please I need answers from people who have used both platforms
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July 18, 2010 3:37:47 AM

I doubt many have used both, although the Core i5 750 is faster than the Phenom II X4 965 by a bit at stock. Overclocked the i5 750 is noticeably faster than the Phenom II X4 965. The i5 uses less power as well, so really I'd just go for the i5. The Intel platform is a bit more expensive though, in the sense that a high end LGA 1156 motherboard costs more than a high end AM3 board.
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July 18, 2010 3:43:23 AM

Thanks, I will be using Sapphire 5830 with 4 GBs bus 1600 RAMs. I'm still waiting for opinions guys!!!
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July 18, 2010 3:57:34 AM

Well if you get an am3 platform, doesn't matter what cpu, you should be able to upgrade to Bulldozer next January. SB is going to need a new socket apparently.
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July 18, 2010 4:08:08 AM

Depends on if you play only games or do more stuff.
My suggestion: dump those quads and get a Phenom II X6, the 2.8 one, its only 200 dollars or so. In multi threaded apps, it will kill both CPU's, and can easily be OCed to 3.6. Also, in multi GPU situations, it will show a distinct advantage over the quads.
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July 18, 2010 4:12:21 AM

Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz, 6 cores? that is a little more expensive than i5 750 but I guess the mobo is cheaper so it's the same. I mainly use vmware and networking applications, and games of course. But I'm still not convinced :( 

I mean most applications doesn't use the 6 cores and games too.
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July 18, 2010 4:16:31 AM

Well, you could save some money with the 955 instead of a 965, both would perform the same at the same clock speed. The 965 is supposedly better binned, but $20 is quite a bit of cash for 100mhz at an already high clock speed(after both are overclocked).

Intel, clock for clock, is better now but to save money AMD has good price for performance. I haven't used an AMD system, but it should be good for your needs if you decide to go with it.

I have an i7 for my system right now(which is about the same as i5), and it is a very good system. When I'm folding with it, 7 threads are at 100% and along with the gpu client my 8th thread is at 30-40%, yet I'm still able to listen to music and surf the web at the same time without noticing any lag.
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July 18, 2010 4:18:33 AM

madass said:
Depends on if you play only games or do more stuff.
My suggestion: dump those quads and get a Phenom II X6, the 2.8 one, its only 200 dollars or so. In multi threaded apps, it will kill both CPU's, and can easily be OCed to 3.6. Also, in multi GPU situations, it will show a distinct advantage over the quads.


Multithreaded as in five or more threads which are relatively rare right now, Cinebench and Photoshop are two I can think of which I do not think OP will be taking part in. The Phenom II X6 can be easily o/c to 3.6 GHz, true, but so can the Core i5 750, which can reach 3.6 GHz just as easily as the Phenom II X6 would I reckon, and clock for clock it's considerably faster.

You might be right with the GPU handling though.
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July 18, 2010 4:20:16 AM

MichaelLabib said:
Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz, 6 cores? that is a little more expensive than i5 750 but I guess the mobo is cheaper so it's the same. I mainly use vmware and networking applications, and games of course. But I'm still not convinced :( 

I mean most applications doesn't use the 6 cores and games too.

Later on, more and more apps/games will use 6 threads. Multitasking also will allow it show its strength ;)  .
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July 18, 2010 4:23:34 AM

Haserath said:
Later on, more and more apps/games will use 6 threads. Multitasking also will allow it show its strength ;)  .

RTS games or gta4 should also show some benefit.
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July 18, 2010 4:26:02 AM

I'm mainly interested in vmware workstation, does anyone knows if it supports more than 4 cores?
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July 18, 2010 8:32:37 AM

how do u know thet bulldozer will be am3?
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July 18, 2010 9:51:12 AM

I'm also suggesting a phenom ii x6 1055t. It overclocks better than the x4 and also has turbo core as well. It will be matching i7 930 or 940 in multithreaded apps. It costs same as i5 750 but am3 mobos cost less. You can also put a bulldozer next year if it supports am3.
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July 18, 2010 9:56:47 AM

Haserath said:
Later on, more and more apps/games will use 6 threads. Multitasking also will allow it show its strength ;)  .



+1 i agree it will be more future proof and will supply you for years.....
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July 18, 2010 10:05:33 AM

p4nz3rm4d said:
how do u know thet bulldozer will be am3?


There's an image somewhere where it says Bulldozer will be on AM3, and use DDR3 only.

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July 18, 2010 11:40:47 AM

Get the 965, the i5-750 is a bit better overall but LGA1156 is dead, i7 860 is a minor upgrade from an i5-750 and i7 870 is just ridiculously overpriced. 965 will be cheaper due to the motherboard and it has an upgrade path as noted above.
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July 21, 2010 8:22:29 AM

^ Wouldn't the 955 BE bet a better option considering that OP can just up the multiplier by one to get 965 BE speeds?
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