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Amd athlon ii x4 640 vs amd phenom ii x4 955

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September 20, 2010 5:24:53 PM

I'm looking to build a budget system, but I'm stuck on the cpu choice. I know the obvious difference is the lack of L3. However, on a performance scale for gaming/multitasking how do these two compare? Does anyone have a link where I can see the performance differences?

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September 20, 2010 5:29:59 PM

Here are several benchmarks comparing the two processors:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/122?vs=88&i=2.3....

I know it's the X4 635, not 640 but I guess they haven't benched the newer chip yet. Results shouldn't be too different though. I'd say you wouldn't notice too much of a difference unless you're doing really heavy encoding tasks etc. There shouldn't be too much difference in gaming performance aside from that caused by the different clock speeds.
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September 20, 2010 5:36:40 PM

Ya, I'm just wanting to be able to play games at high resolution on medium settings.
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September 20, 2010 5:51:02 PM

zephyr948 said:
Ya, I'm just wanting to be able to play games at high resolution on medium settings.


at what resolution? most of the performance will fall to your GPU shoulders.
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September 20, 2010 5:58:32 PM

atleast 1600 though I prefer 1920. I will say this I only really play mmo's anymore. Most my singleplayer/shooters games are done on a console.
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September 20, 2010 6:00:45 PM

i have an athlon II and phenom II, in gaming the difference is not that big. the athlon II will be fine and OC well.
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September 20, 2010 6:08:41 PM

Ok, how about at stock speeds?
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September 20, 2010 6:20:49 PM

it really depends on the game but its not like the athlon II will prevent you playing any game especially MMOs since they are designed to scale well so as many people are able to play them as possible for as long as possible (see WoW, EQ, DAoC, EQ2, etc.,)
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September 20, 2010 6:27:13 PM

Ok, ya it's just I've never done an OC before. One last question how much of a difference do you think having an L3 cache makes for clock speeds of 3 ghz and up?
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September 20, 2010 6:39:28 PM

Ok, was just trying to justify spending the extra money on a phenom ii if the L3 cache really made a big difference. However, if it's a small difference I can easily use the saving for a better GPU to.
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September 20, 2010 6:44:07 PM

at your resolution I would definitely spend the difference on the GPU rather then CPU
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September 20, 2010 6:48:55 PM

Ok, thanks. Guess all that's left is the mobo and a better GPU then.
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September 20, 2010 7:19:22 PM

zephyr948 said:
Ok, thanks. Guess all that's left is the mobo and a better GPU then.


If you need any advice on the above then feel free to post on these forums and someone will gladly help you :) 
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September 26, 2010 12:19:58 AM

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September 26, 2010 12:53:26 AM

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