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February 23, 2012 6:37:05 AM

Hey, im planning to upgrade my athlon ii x4 640 to one of these processors

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz - $124.99

AMD Phenom II X6 1045T Thuban 2.7GHz - $149.99

specs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_Phenom_micropr...

but i was wondering which is better for gaming. what do you guys think? also tell my why
what's been making me doubt lately is that the x6 core has 3mb l2 cache while the x4 only has 2mb
does l2 cache help in games?

also I am aware that the 960t has ability to be unlocked to 6 cores if lucky but I dont think it would work on my system as i have an oem motherboard

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February 23, 2012 7:56:49 AM

rolli59 said:
For gaming the faster X4 will win over the slower X6! In all reality the upgrade is not going to be much over your current Athlon X4 . Here with similar CPU's little faster http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=147


nice thanks for the link.

Anyways after looking at the comparisons and reading the reviews on 960t further I have decided I am going to get the 960t since I dont really care much about photoshop, how slow videos encode etc. What matters to me atm is the FPS. Also L3 cache is one of the reasons I wanted to upgrade.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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February 23, 2012 8:36:29 AM

Agree with your decision it is the better one out of the two!
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February 23, 2012 12:54:28 PM

amd x4 and x6 cant be comapre to gaming in i5 2500k so buy this
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February 23, 2012 12:59:59 PM

The 960T and no I did not draw straws either.
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February 23, 2012 1:41:19 PM

Check out the review toms posted today - they have done some benchmarks with high end graphics card + low end CPU's and low end graphics card + low end CPU's - you'd be surprised how little the difference between CPU's there are, and how much a new graphics card can help when gaming.
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February 23, 2012 1:49:59 PM

True, though it can also be argued that the tests shifted from GPU bound games where the CPU does little work to CPU bound games, with the later showing AMD's sort of quad getting beat handsomely by a dual core. True your biggest performance boost is with the GPU, but to call it the most important is fallacy. I like to think a GPU and CPU are like married couples, you need the right pair.
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