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?
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.
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.,)
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.