AMD Phenom II X3 vs X4?

Hello,

Due to the mysterious workings of pricing and sales, the AMD Phenom II X3 740 and Phenom II X4 940 are now within $10 of each other. the X3 740 is an AM3 socket, and the X4 940 is a AM2+ socket. My MSI mother board will accept either AM2+ or AM3 CPUs. Is there any advantages to the X3 740 over the X4 940. These are both within my price limit.

Thank you.
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  1. Go for the X4!
  2. there are disadvantages on both sides

    x3 740-----------------------------x4 940
    tripple core-----------------------quad core
    supports ddr3/ddr2-------------DDR2 ONLY

    if u can get the 945, definitely go with that
  3. It's a good call, but the extra core will give more performance than DDR3
  4. Rick_S said:
    Hello,

    Due to the mysterious workings of pricing and sales, the AMD Phenom II X3 740 and Phenom II X4 940 are now within $10 of each other. the X3 740 is an AM3 socket, and the X4 940 is a AM2+ socket. My MSI mother board will accept either AM2+ or AM3 CPUs. Is there any advantages to the X3 740 over the X4 940. These are both within my price limit.

    Thank you.


    If your motherboard supports ddr3 then by all means go phenom 2 x3 and unlock it if you can.If it supports ddr2 only then phenom 2 x4 940 it is.
  5. Definitely the X4..Most applications havent fully utilised 3 core cpu..4 cores are better in utilization in most app..
  6. x3 740

    - has both DDR2/DDR3 capability
    - will work in AM2+/AM3 motherboards
    - will move to new AM3+ motherboard when they hit the market

    The PhII 940 is a fine chip but is limited to AM2+
    (DDR3 capability actually exists but function was disabled in early Phenom/PhIIs)
  7. Thanks for the information, The Motherboard is an MSI 790GX, so although it will support AM3 CPU's it limits its memory support to DDR2

    Thanks.
  8. go for X4 955/965... I bought it last week...n 965 is truly amazing...
  9. Rick_S said:
    Thanks for the information, The Motherboard is an MSI 790GX, so although it will support AM3 CPU's it limits its memory support to DDR2

    Thanks.


    965 to futureproof, and if you can afford it, otherwise the 940 is a great CPU and very OC able.
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