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Which would you choose with this cooler? (Phenom II related)

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a c 158 à CPUs
August 17, 2010 4:37:17 PM

Hi all. Trying to decide which processor I'm gonna go with.

I have the choice between a Phenom II X4 945 (95w,C3) and a Phenom II X4 955 BE (125w,C3)

however

I'll be using the Cooler Master hyper TX3 and not an insanely huge heatsink such as the 212 Plus.

I don't plan to overclock either (maybe 100-200mhz tops). Also I'll be using a motherboard that does support the 955BE right from the get go, while the 945 requires a newer PCB revision. It's the Asus M4A77TD Extreme.

I haven't upgraded for 5 years so please excuse the rust ;) 

Thank you.
a b à CPUs
August 17, 2010 4:39:00 PM

If it supports the whole Phenom II family then go for the PII X4 955.
a b à CPUs
August 17, 2010 4:43:10 PM

well, you support the 945, 955 and 965 and
the cooler can handle 130 watts

so you can get whatever is the most expensive thing that your budget can handle, though i would go with the 945 for being more polar bear friendly
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a b à CPUs
August 17, 2010 4:46:21 PM

Yeah the X4 945 might be considered for the lower TDP of 95W opposite of the 125W on the X4 955. The X4 965 shouldn't be considered 'cause the X4 955 is almost the same as the 965.
a c 158 à CPUs
August 17, 2010 5:01:20 PM

Yeah seems like the 95w is the better choice for this particular cooler, I'm just wondering if I'll get the most recent PCB of the motherboard which is needed to support it according to the list they have on their website.
a b à CPUs
August 17, 2010 5:04:47 PM

Well make sure the mobo has space for the cooler to be properly installed, the cooler supports am3 mobos right?
a c 158 à CPUs
August 17, 2010 5:06:03 PM

Yes it supports AM3, I was talking about the 945 in the post above though =)
a b à CPUs
August 17, 2010 5:12:46 PM

bouncedk said:
Yes it supports AM3, I was talking about the 945 in the post above though =)


Heh, then just make sure you will have enough space around the socket to put the cooler.
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