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July 26, 2010 7:36:12 PM

I was just wondering if anyone has upgraded to the X6 (1090T or 1055) and was thrilled or disappointed. The reviews outline the benefits (ie:threading is where the x6 shines), but I was just wondering what people's impressions are after upgrading (also mention what you upgraded from, as a baseline). Thanks.

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July 26, 2010 7:58:04 PM

i think pyscho upgraded to one
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July 26, 2010 8:58:38 PM

My friend just got a 1055t. He upgraded from an Athlon 64x2 2.6GHz.
I'm rather impressed with it. 6 cores at 2.8GHz is rather powerful for $200. It's especially nice for VM stuff. Its not a "for gaming" CPU, but it is certainly good enough to be one under most circumstances.
The 1090t, I am not as impressed with but only because of pricing. $100 more for only a 0.4GHz increase in speed? The difference between the x4 965 and x4 945 is only about $40 and I still think that difference is a bit much.
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July 26, 2010 8:59:44 PM

i'll have to let you know at the end os summer (bookmarked) as i am moving to the 1055T + 890FX (i really want to use the IOMMU and GPU passthrough)
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July 26, 2010 9:26:47 PM

moving from c2d 2.8ghz to 1055t I was not overly impressed with gaming until i OC the x6. Most games do not take advantage of the extra cores but PS & Premiere Elements certainly are nicer now. IMO this is the best route to go as more applications begin to take advantage of multithreading. Unless you want to wait for the 6 core i-series...
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July 26, 2010 9:30:52 PM

popatim said:
Unless you want to wait for the 6 core i-series...

Do you mean the i7 980X 6-core that came out over 4 months ago?
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July 26, 2010 10:55:56 PM

ya, my gaming days are numbered (apart from Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3)... I would like to upgrade from my 7750BE at some point, but my GPU is the GTS 250... so its an overall mid grade system (some may think its low). The dual has worked well so far, just curious.
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July 26, 2010 11:01:17 PM

ginnai said:
ya, my gaming days are numbered (apart from Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3)... I would like to upgrade from my 7750BE at some point, but my GPU is the GTS 250... so its an overall mid grade system (some may think its low). The dual has worked well so far, just curious.

I consider my radeon 3870 and Athlon IIx4 a mid end system.

Well, what will you be doing with your computer then? Since your gaming days are numbered, gaming isn't too important. Could you make use of more CPU cores?

On a side note, the 7750BE can be unlocked to a triple or quad core if either of the dormant cores are stable.
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July 26, 2010 11:13:58 PM

ya, I just heard about that. The success rates are low from what I heard, but I may give it a shot once I do a bit more research into it. I was pretty excited actually.

Ok, so my system is in fact lower than I thought. Some of the software I run on a daily basis would benefit from an X4, but the X6 is questionable. Who knows, maybe I will be able to unlock a core or two :) . If you have any insight on that, I would be eager to listen.
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July 27, 2010 12:00:39 AM

unlocked multi dued
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July 27, 2010 12:04:24 AM

enzo matrix said:
My friend just got a 1055t. He upgraded from an Athlon 64x2 2.6GHz.
I'm rather impressed with it. 6 cores at 2.8GHz is rather powerful for $200. It's especially nice for VM stuff. Its not a "for gaming" CPU, but it is certainly good enough to be one under most circumstances.
The 1090t, I am not as impressed with but only because of pricing. $100 more for only a 0.4GHz increase in speed? The difference between the x4 965 and x4 945 is only about $40 and I still think that difference is a bit much.



unlockde multi dued
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July 27, 2010 12:17:27 AM

indeed. the $100 is for the unlocked multiplier, which from the toms OC article was pretty substantial... albeit inefficient on power.
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July 27, 2010 2:23:24 AM

i upgraded from Pentium dual core e2180 to phenom II x6 1055.. and i m thrilled...
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July 27, 2010 2:55:57 AM

the x6 series is a bad deal for gaming as of now, considering most games dont even use 4 cores, let alone 6, and therefore the 1090T gives the same performance as a 955 for 100$ more. They arent bad for gaming, just a bad deal. In video editing, they fairly consistently beat the i5 750 and i7 930 respectively. Overall, id take a 1090T over an i7, but its a VERY close competition. 1090T wins mainly due to its upgrade path, lower heat and energy, cheaper overall build, and future proofing. They arent really necessay for the average user, they arent terribly good buys for gamers, and therefore while they are great cpus, id recommend things over them unless it was for video editing.
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July 27, 2010 3:42:23 AM

xaira said:
unlockde multi dued

So? For $100 less, the 1055t is capable of overclocking just as well without changing the multiplier.
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July 27, 2010 3:48:29 AM

They aren't bad for gaming - I run Crysis on my 1055t/HD4850 with all settings on high (admittedly, 1280x1024 - don't laugh, the monitor is next on my upgrade list) and have folding@home going on in the background set to run on 4 cores. People who always say "but there are not applications that use 6 cores" aren't living in the real world. Who runs 1 application at a time? And if you do, then what are you even looking at buying a multi-core processor for? Get a Pentium 4, lol.
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July 27, 2010 3:48:59 AM

well, it depends on the ram, but more or less yeah, the unlocked multi just makes it easier.
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July 27, 2010 3:50:41 AM

ares1214 said:
well, it depends on the ram, but more or less yeah, the unlocked multi just makes it easier.

Even my cheap motherboard has a ram multiplier.
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July 27, 2010 1:16:11 PM

almost all do, but i said RAM, not motherboard.
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July 27, 2010 6:59:56 PM

ares1214 said:
almost all do, but i said RAM, not motherboard.

Then how do your CPU overclocking results depend on ram?
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July 27, 2010 8:39:13 PM

well, some people dont really like to play with ram when overcclocking it, even when its just to bump it down 1 level, case in point, back in the day when i used 2 overclock, i would set some 800mhz ram to 667 on bootup, but the 667 frequncies were 5-5-5-15, so when overclocking, one mustremember to set it back to 6-6-6-18,

but then the tRFC was still wrong, and all the other timings that they dont show you in the specs change according to speed of the ram at bootup, now this is not the case with overclocking ram which can take more vooltage to stabilise, more heat, a wider range of timings at a given speed etc

so the quality of the ram ur using actually has a big part to play in where ur oc ends up, but im a value ram addict, so i got out of the oc game, unless you can get ur hand on a board that has all the freq independent of eachother
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July 28, 2010 2:47:02 AM

I upgraded from a 3.0 ghz Celeron to an Phenom II X6 1090T, and it flies. My gaming is simple, Star Wars Battlefront II, Sega Genesis and other emulation, and I have a GTX260. The video encoding is great, especially H264 encoding, which makes use of all the cores, maxing out when encoding HD video

I figure the more cores you have, the more options you have.
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August 4, 2010 12:02:58 AM

Best answer selected by ginnai.
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