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AMD FX-4100 or AMD Phenom II x4 970

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Should I buy the AMD FX-4100 or the AMD Phenom II x4 970?

Total: 22 votes (1 blank vote)

  • AMD FX-4100
  • 10 %
  • AMD Phenom II x4 970
  • 91 %
June 19, 2012 9:19:07 AM

Alright guys, both the AMD FX-4100 and the AMD Phenom II x4 970 are $110 on Newegg. I have been going back and forth on which to buy. My main use is gaming, and yes, I do know that neither of these are particularly great processors. My budget is $120, and these are the best I can do. I do plan on overclocking as much as possible.

Winner of the poll is what I will buy!
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June 19, 2012 9:28:16 AM

970 it outperforms the FX gaming
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June 19, 2012 9:40:18 AM

bulldozers are *** go the phenom 2 all the way
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June 19, 2012 10:13:25 AM

mattenthehat said:
Alright guys, both the AMD FX-4100 and the AMD Phenom II x4 970 are $110 on Newegg. I have been going back and forth on which to buy. My main use is gaming, and yes, I do know that neither of these are particularly great processors. My budget is $120, and these are the best I can do. I do plan on overclocking as much as possible.

Winner of the poll is what I will buy!


I would say FX-4100 if the 970 is a multiplier-locked non-Black Edition unit, otherwise the 970 if it is the Black Edition. You want to overclock and it's a lot easier to overclock an unlocked CPU. The 970 is a little better at stock but the FX can be overclocked like crazy and will outrun what you can get out of a multiplier-locked Phenom II especially if you don't have the world's greatest motherboard.
June 19, 2012 10:38:47 AM

i have a x4 965 BE blabla. runs @ 4.3 on air. at that clock speed, it not only beats the 4100, but all of the fx's when it comes to gaming.

when all you do is rar archives, maybe the top 8 core fx's have the speed edge, but who cares about winning or losing a few seconds with raring, and how much hours a day do you spend raring ?

when you want to execute badly programmed, nightmarish predictive scenario, badly threaded software (games !!!!!) get a phenom II x4 and overclock it and stay clear of the fx's.
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June 19, 2012 11:08:43 AM

wr6133 said:
Thats a really good point the 970 is locked he would actually want this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor


i thought all 970's were top of the line black editions

June 19, 2012 11:43:16 AM

mattenthehat said:
Alright guys, both the AMD FX-4100 and the AMD Phenom II x4 970 are $110 on Newegg. I have been going back and forth on which to buy. My main use is gaming, and yes, I do know that neither of these are particularly great processors. My budget is $120, and these are the best I can do. I do plan on overclocking as much as possible.

Winner of the poll is what I will buy!


Hi mattenthehat,

Your ECS A750GM-M motherboard doesn't supports AM3+ CPUs so buying AMD FX-4100 will cost you more and will give only a narrow performance gain.
So, in this case, I will vote for AMD Phenom II X4 970 CPU.

You have said that your budget is $120, then why are you not buying the Black Edition of this CPU which is available on newegg for $120?

Regards,
SmartGeek
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June 19, 2012 4:28:20 PM

Phenom II and don't look back.
June 19, 2012 5:58:37 PM

I thought all 970s were unlocked, i just assumed the listing on newegg was wrong.
Also, i have a new motherboard that suppports thr AM3+ CPUs (i just got it a couple of days ago because it happened to be on a huge sale). I haven't been able to install it yet because i'm waiting for my new case to arrive. Thanks for the help though, looks like the phenom will win
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June 19, 2012 10:28:06 PM

The phenom kicks the FX series arse for touch, and it looks like it will STILL kick piledrivers arse. Screw AMD. (I have a 960t unlocked to X6 and I love it, I just wish AMD would get serious in the enthusiast market.

Dude, you will love your 970 so much, and you will love it even more 2-3 years later when you've OC'd the butt off it!
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