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X2 555 or X3 445 vs X4 955 for Gaming

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November 27, 2010 8:24:02 PM

Probably going to be building a new machine on a budget to play games (aion being the most intensive of the games I play). Would be best if I could stick to one of the first 2 processors for the build because of costs.

My question is basically that assuming no cores unlock, how much of a difference would I notice between the 555 or 445 and the 955 for gaming? And if I can at least get 1 core out of the 555 to make it a 3-core it would outperform the 445 because of the l3 cache correct? It is kind of appealing anyway since it's a BE.

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a c 103 à CPUs
November 27, 2010 8:36:54 PM

I'd go for the 445 out of those two,
955 would be nice but would your games use all the four cores?
and dont buy a chip hoping to unlock, if it unlocks your happy, if it doesn't your bitter that you've somehow lost out
November 27, 2010 8:42:29 PM

Yeah I don't think they can even use all 4 cores, which is why I liked the idea of the 555 since it was a BE and would be easier for me to OC higher than the 445.
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a c 103 à CPUs
November 27, 2010 9:11:50 PM

I have two x3 435's in my house and they both unlocked successfully,
but the other half and I play Wow, and they were great chips even as triples for that, I'd still say the triple as you dont need to clock it, but you do have the option,
a c 83 à CPUs
November 27, 2010 10:59:17 PM

I'm not sure about AION, but I would take the Athlon II X3 over the Phenom II X2. My reasoning for this is the 3rd core adds a lot more performance than L3 cache when you've got a game/application that can use all 3 cores.
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November 28, 2010 7:50:32 AM

Too bad that you missed out on the OEM 3.0 Ghz AM3 Phenom II X3 740 BE on sale here ($68.99) on the 26th and 27th if you lived either in Canada or the USA.It was completely sold out.Maybe they will have a sale again.Here are the Passmark Scores for this CPU.

A pretty high rating performer.

Here is it's value (performance vs price).On the top of the list (If one got it on that sale)