Closed Core i3 550 vs amd Phenom II x2 560 Tags: CPUs Core AMD Phenom Last response: February 23, 2012 6:43 PM in CPUs Share bsr203 March 12, 2011 7:41:16 PM What would you prefer among these two 1. Core i3 550 3.2GHz Socket 1156 Boxed Processor BX80616I3550 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... 2. Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Boxed Processor http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... Both priced at $99 I use Debian Squeeze as OS. I am not sure whether the motherboard support for Linux of AMD and Intel matters. Thanks. More about : core 550 amd phenom 560 Best solution popatim a c 141 à CPUs a b À AMD March 12, 2011 8:21:45 PM It takes an AMD Triple core to beat the i3. I would strongly suggest that you look into linux support for the motherboard your interested in. No sense getting stuck with onboard devices that wont work due to a lack of linux drivers. Share HostileDonut a b à CPUs March 12, 2011 10:46:00 PM Yes, the i3 would be better, unless you can unlock the Phenom II, but you have about a 1/3 chance of that. I cast my vote for an i3. Score 0 Related resources AMD PHENOM II X2 560 Vs. Intel® Core™ i3-2100 - Forum Phenom II X2 550 vs Intel i3 - Forum unclocking cores of AMD PHENOM II X2 550 - Forum Can AMD Phenom II X2 550 unlock to Quad Core ? - Forum AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black - Unlocking 2 extra cores - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer acer0169 a b à CPUs March 13, 2011 5:53:10 PM The AMD Phenom will overclock very well without paying out the arse for water cooling. Should easily be able to hit 4GHz on air. Stock for stock though, the i3 is faster. Score 0 HostileDonut a b à CPUs March 13, 2011 6:04:40 PM acer0169 said:The AMD Phenom will overclock very well without paying out the arse for water cooling. Should easily be able to hit 4GHz on air. Stock for stock though, the i3 is faster. 4ghz AMD core = 3Ghz Intel core. So dual core intel i3 vs. dual core AMD Phenom II X2 the i3 will win. Score 0 anort3 a c 227 à CPUs a b À AMD March 13, 2011 6:06:40 PM Why not a new Sandy Bridge i3? Here is the i3 2000 vs 6 core 1055T Thuban. i3 kills it in gaming. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/147?vs=289 Score 0 HostileDonut a b à CPUs March 13, 2011 6:10:43 PM anort3 said:Why not a new Sandy Bridge i3? Here is the i3 2000 vs 6 core 1055T Thuban. i3 kills it in gaming. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/147?vs=289 Dual cores will be bad soon and not provide enough cores. Also, I would get a cheaper p55 MoBo and an older i3 so I could actually OC it. No OCing with the new ones unless they are a 'k' series chip. Score 0 bsr203 March 15, 2011 8:14:12 PM thank you for your valuable feedback.. I ended up getting i5 Sandy Bridge for additional $25 ... thanks again Score 0 bsr203 March 15, 2011 8:15:08 PM thanks.. I ended up getting Sandy Bridge, but i5 for additional $25 Score 0 bsr203 March 15, 2011 8:16:07 PM Best answer selected by bsr203. Score 0 Mousemonkey a b à CPUs a b À AMD February 23, 2012 6:43:59 PM This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey Score 0 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedRelocking 3rd core on amd phenom ii x2 550 Forum AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition successfully unlocked to Quad Core !!! Forum SolvedAMD Phenom II x4 965 BE vs Intel Core i3 3220 Forum AMD Phenom II X2 550 + Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Core Unlocking? Forum Core i3 530 vs. Phenom II X2 555 Pros and Cons Forum What is the TDP of an AMD Phenom II X2 550 with all 4 cores unlocked? Forum SolvedAMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition at at 3.6ghz vs intel core i3 2100 Forum Amd Phenom ii x2 550 unlock quad core Forum AMD Phenom II 550 X2 and The Battle of 4th Core. Forum Phenom ii x2 550 Black VS core2 duo E7400 Forum Intel I3 530 vs AMD Phenom II X2 555BE Forum AMD Phenom II X2 550 - problem with unlocked cores Forum SolvedOpinion.Dual Core Extreme Ed 3.2Ghz. vs. AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz Forum AMD Phenom II X2 550 vs 545 Forum AMD Phenom II X2 550 vs Intel E7400 Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !