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Q9550 vs AMD Phenom II X6 1100T

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December 19, 2010 10:09:22 AM

hi!
i have a pc with intel q9550 cpu...and i want to change my pc....
u think AMD Phenom II X6 1100T is a good choice, or a better choice?

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December 19, 2010 10:16:47 AM

What are you doing with your computer? Unless your using heavily threaded apps you won't notice a difference. If you do get rid of the q9550, sell it to me :) 
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December 19, 2010 11:02:17 AM

^absolutely.. Keep me too in contention in case you are selling of your q9550.. In all practicality, it is still a great all round processor and will easily see you through till the LGA 2011 launch..
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December 19, 2010 11:31:53 AM

well...i use computer mostly for games...my actual configuration is :
Q9550 @2.83
ASUS P5N-D NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI
6gb RAMM DDR2 @ 800
HDD 500 Gb
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB GDDR5
NOX Urano 700W
GIGABYTE 3D GALAXY II CPU LIQUID COOLING
but want to sell without the gtx460....but with POV 9800GTX+ 1Gb instead...
anyway i dont think u would pay the price....(if u from US or Canada)
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December 19, 2010 11:34:27 AM

so...u think my q9550 is still good enough, and better than AMD Phenom II X6 1100T ?
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December 19, 2010 12:00:12 PM

For gaming the Phenom II X6 1100T isn't an upgrade, for most apps it isn't either. Just keep what you have, and maybe overclock it a little.
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December 19, 2010 12:10:25 PM

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Q9550 @2.83

whats the liquid cooling for? lol


well...i had problems when i bought the pc
in summer it was overheating and shut down...didnt had any air conditioning in that house...soo the room was very hot...and i then i bought liquid cooling...
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December 19, 2010 12:15:03 PM

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theres nothing wrong with that chip. notch it past 3 and add another 460 or get a better gpu if you want to play higher resolutions.

as u seen i have ASUS motherboard thad had AI Suite on instalation cd.
AI Suite contains aplication named AI booster that oc´s cpu...i have oc-ed in 10%
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December 19, 2010 12:30:00 PM

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did you have a peak in your bios yet?

well...i did...but without touching anything...but in some place it says the cpu speed is 3.1ghz...
i didn´t touch the bios because i don´t know too much about it..
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December 19, 2010 1:58:09 PM

marrio1981 said:
as u seen i have ASUS motherboard thad had AI Suite on instalation cd.
AI Suite contains aplication named AI booster that oc´s cpu...i have oc-ed in 10%

I think that might be your overheating problem. Unless you do the overclocking in the bios manually, any AI programs or auto overclocking will up the voltage more than you need it. In some cases, I have seen these programs increase the voltage too much for the processor to handle. That could equate to a lot of heat.

Anyway, the Q9550 is a much better gaming CPU and even a very good match for some of the icore series processors. The 12mb of L2 cache makes a huge difference in a lot of games. It certainly edges out the phenom II. Scroll down for the gaming benchmarks. Note that they use a GTX280 for their testing:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/50?vs=146

The phenom IIx4 at 3.4GHz:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/50?vs=102

Your CPU vs a core i7 at a slightly higher clockspeed:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/50?vs=46

As you can see, you are a match, slightly worse, or slightly better, than even current higher end gaming CPUs.
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December 19, 2010 2:53:27 PM

enzo matrix said:
I think that might be your overheating problem. Unless you do the overclocking in the bios manually, any AI programs or auto overclocking will up the voltage more than you need it. In some cases, I have seen these programs increase the voltage too much for the processor to handle. That could equate to a lot of heat.

Anyway, the Q9550 is a much better gaming CPU and even a very good match for some of the icore series processors. The 12mb of L3 cache makes a huge difference in a lot of games. It certainly edges out the phenom II. Scroll down for the gaming benchmarks. Note that they use a GTX280 for their testing:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/50?vs=146

The phenom IIx4 at 3.4GHz:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/50?vs=102

Your CPU vs a core i7 at a slightly higher clockspeed:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/50?vs=46

As you can see, you are a match, slightly worse, or slightly better, than even current higher end gaming CPUs.


the liquid cooling solved the heating problem....and now i have it oc-ed al time and cpu temp is 50-55 al time
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December 19, 2010 3:39:59 PM

Hey Enzo, you slipped on the cache info.. There's no L3 catch on the Q9550 (or any core 2 or older Intel cpu for that matter).. But yeah 12MB cache does makes a difference.. Though not significant IMO..
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December 19, 2010 7:05:49 PM

Emperus said:
Hey Enzo, you slipped on the cache info.. There's no L3 catch on the Q9550 (or any core 2 or older Intel cpu for that matter).. But yeah 12MB cache does makes a difference.. Though not significant IMO..

Yep, My bad fixed. The phenom II is the one with L3 cache but the core 2 has a large L2 instead.

And yeah it depends what you are doing. The extra cache definitely makes a difference in a lot of things but in a lot of other things it makes no difference at all. In some of those benchmarks I've looked at, a lot of games notice no difference but there were a couple where there was quite a bit of difference.

An excellent example of cache advantage is the Athlon II vs the phenom II. I myself opted for the Athlon II because of the price and all you got with the phenom was a lot more cache.

Here's two identical processors. One has a higher clockspeed, the other has double the cache:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/54?vs=48

In most things they are the same. The cache helps the second one edge out in rendering applications by quite a bit. Gaming is also improved, but not enough to justify cost.
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December 19, 2010 7:13:32 PM

i actually think the C2Q would be a better chip, 12 MB L2 still goes along way today :) 
i would stick with it
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December 20, 2010 12:33:13 AM

core 2 quad ftw for games and most other things. The core 2 is still faster per core and per clock speed than the phenom.
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December 22, 2010 2:57:57 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
faster per core and per clock speed than the phenom.

How does "faster per core" differ from "faster per clock speed"? :ouch: 
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