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AMD Phenom II X4 965 vs. AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

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July 19, 2012 10:51:01 PM

I have a friend who would be willing to trade me a his AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE for my AMD Phenom II X6 1055T. The reason I am considering this is twofold.

First, because of the unlocked multiplier the 965 SHOULD overclock more easily, something of interest to me considering I can't get my 1055T to go beyond stock speeds at all.

Second, most games don't take advantage of 6 cores, let alone 4, so the higher clock rate would be very beneficial. By the time games can effectively use 6 cores, I'm sure I'll just upgrade to Piledriver (assuming it's the real deal) or Haswell as 6 cores slowly become more mainstream.

Would this be a worthwhile upgrade? The games I play are Crysis, Crysis 2, BF3, Alan Wake, Skyrim, etc... Would the initial 600MHz increase help with CPU heavy games like Skyrim, especially since I think I can turn a 600MHz increase into 1200MHz?
July 19, 2012 10:52:08 PM

I would go for the overclock, but that's maybe just me..

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July 19, 2012 11:29:43 PM

Yeah, that's a worthwhile trade. Even at stock speeds, the 965 is 600Mhz faster, and as you said, the two extra cores on the 1055T don't mean anything for gaming.
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July 19, 2012 11:56:59 PM

Just like the other responses have said, make the trade and overclock that baby as far as you can!
July 20, 2012 12:24:43 AM

Sweet, thanks guys. I think I'll go ahead and do it.
July 20, 2012 12:25:33 AM

Best answer selected by stant1rm.