Phenom II X2 -550

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I am a novice in PC World. Would like to know if Phenom II X2 - 550 is better than other Dual core CPUs like i3 and Athlon II X2???
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  1. It is definately better than an Athlon x 2 but straight out of the box not quite as good as an i3
  2. Hello and welcome to the forums
    Here are some good reviews which will help you judge its performance
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/athlon-ii-x2-250-and-phenom-ii-x2-550-be-review/
    "For AMD this means this is the fastest dual-core processor to date, and for that 102 USD it is just a really okay processor running all the latest applications and games just fine and dandy. Realistically the difference in-between the X2 250 and X2 550 performance wise is roughly 10%. The one thing that this article showed was that for gamers, the Phenom II X2 processor definitely is the way to go.

    More interesting I find to be the fact that the Phenom II X2 550 BE is coming awfully close in performance to the 165 USD Core 2 Duo E8400 processor from Intel"

    http://www.techspot.com/review/171-amd-phenomx2-athlonx2/page13.html
    "The Phenom II X2 550 will be particularly appealing to gamers as it was considerably faster than the Core 2 Duo E7400. It also managed to deliver roughly the same level of gaming performance
    as the Phenom II X4 910. So the Phenom II X2 550 makes real sense for gamers on a budget as it allows them to spend more money where it's really needed, like on a more powerful GPU, for example. "

    It performs better than Ahtlon II X2, and as for i3,it depends on the model but the performance difference isn't huge.
  3. Maziar said:
    Hello and welcome to the forums
    Here are some good reviews which will help you judge its performance
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/athlon-ii-x2-250-and-phenom-ii-x2-550-be-review/
    "For AMD this means this is the fastest dual-core processor to date, and for that 102 USD it is just a really okay processor running all the latest applications and games just fine and dandy. Realistically the difference in-between the X2 250 and X2 550 performance wise is roughly 10%. The one thing that this article showed was that for gamers, the Phenom II X2 processor definitely is the way to go.

    More interesting I find to be the fact that the Phenom II X2 550 BE is coming awfully close in performance to the 165 USD Core 2 Duo E8400 processor from Intel"

    http://www.techspot.com/review/171-amd-phenomx2-athlonx2/page13.html
    "The Phenom II X2 550 will be particularly appealing to gamers as it was considerably faster than the Core 2 Duo E7400. It also managed to deliver roughly the same level of gaming performance
    as the Phenom II X4 910. So the Phenom II X2 550 makes real sense for gamers on a budget as it allows them to spend more money where it's really needed, like on a more powerful GPU, for example. "

    It performs better than Ahtlon II X2, and as for i3,it depends on the model but the performance difference isn't huge.



    Thanks Maziar and Simon12..........

    Can you suggest a good mother board to go with it......i am thinking of taking a Gigabyte 880G with SB710. my Budget is ~$200 for both CPU and MoBo.
  4. If you don't need SLI/CF support,then ASUS M4A88TD-M is a good choice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131649
  5. Maziar said:
    If you don't need SLI/CF support,then ASUS M4A88TD-M is a good choice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131649


    How is it different from Gigabyte 880G???
  6. srinivasuraju said:
    How is it different from Gigabyte 880G???

    What's the exact model ?
  7. Quote:
    M4A785TD-V EVO


    Does it support HDMI, DVI, SPDIF??/
  8. Quote:
    M4A785TD-V EVO

    I meant the Gigabyte model that OP was considering
  9. Maziar said:
    I meant the Gigabyte model that OP was considering



    GA-880GM-UD2H
  10. Quote:
    also spdif and optical audio with 7.1 channel audio
    6 usb 2.0
    5 sata 2.0
    gigabit lan



    It doesnt have Dolby Support.........
  11. If you want cheap I have unlocked a 3 core athlon to a 4 core phenom + L3 cache on this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157204
    If you want something more up to date and don't need onboard graphics go for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198
    Or theres a good bundle deal here http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.456242
  12. srinivasuraju said:
    GA-880GM-UD2H

    The difference is that the ASUS model is ATX(whereas the Gigabyte one is micro ATX), the ASUS model supports 6gb/S and has a better OC'ng potential
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