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 130 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. 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. Related resources Which cpu is better intel core i5 650 or amd phenom II x2 550 - Forum AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition at at 3.6ghz vs intel core i3 2100 - Forum AMD Phenom II X2 555 or 550 BE - Forum AMD PHENOM II X2 560 Vs . Intel® Core ™ i3-2100 - Forum Phenom II x4 vs . Core i3 - 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. 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. anort3 a c 165 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 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. 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 bsr203 March 15, 2011 8:15:08 PM thanks.. I ended up getting Sandy Bridge, but i5 for additional $25 bsr203 March 15, 2011 8:16:07 PM Best answer selected by bsr203. Mousemonkey a b à CPUs February 23, 2012 6:43:59 PM This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumCore i5 2500k vs phenom ii x2 580 ForumPhenom x2 550 vs intel core 2 duo ForumCore i3 or Phenom X4 965 ForumAMD Phenom II X4 965 vs Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz for new build ForumAMD Phenom ii x2 550 BE 3.4ghz (???) Not overclocked ForumHelp with unlocking AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition cores! Forum212 evo fan replacement ForumPhenom 9100e Clock Multiplier 4.5?? ForumPhenom II x4 840 ForumPhenom II X6 1055T or X4 955? for 3ds max ? ForumPSU requirements for gtx 560 ti sli/6950 hd crossfire ForumCore i3 at 3.8~ vs 6870 ForumQuad core Imac V custom PC!!! ForumAMD Phenom II X4 965 idles at 37C. Is this too high? ForumDual core vs core 2 duo More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !