Phenom vs Athlon

I know Intel provides much better processors, but their processors are so much more expensive. All I want is a good Processor for video editing.

I have an AMD Phenom II X2 550

I'm considering an upgrade. I've heard Athlons are better. I want to stick to AMD because of price and don't mind having something mid-range. Preferably something that has a surprising punch for its price. I'm not wealthy so nothing over £80 if possible. Or something that doesn't have too much trouble with over-clocking to boost performance.

If there is a cheap Intel (I mean really cheap) that out-performs the Phenom II x2, will a MSI 770 G45 Motherboard support it?
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  1. What socket type is your processor
  2. Intel CPUs aren't compatible with AMD sockets.
    These CPUs will work with this board- http://www.msi.com/product/mb/770-G45.html#/?div=CPUSupport
  3. Not sure think it's AM3 (938). Does that help?
  4. I know that much but is it an AM3 or something else
  5. jay_nar2012 said:
    Intel CPUs aren't compatible with AMD sockets.
    These CPUs will work with this board- http://www.msi.com/product/mb/770-G45.html#/?div=CPUSupport


    Ok cool, so out of those what do you think is the best for the money, and also what is surprisingly cheap for what it's capable of? I can't afford for example a Phenom x6. At least I don't think I can. a hex-core sounds rather expensive....
  6. The beauty of AMD - They don't charge exorbitant premiums for their 6-core processors. Hell, you can even get an "8-core", but I hesitate to call it that.

    MicroCenter is offering Phenom II X4 965 and Phenom II X6 1075T for $99 which is extremely reasonable.
  7. Your best bet is upgrading to a Phenom II x4 because they have a high clock speed and you would have L3 cache which would increase your speed
  8. jay_nar2012 said:


    How about a http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002SRQ214/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    Then again I could do with a cooler, and that might cost around £26 too. Which means I may as well buy the x6. Or would it be better to but the quad, with the cooler, and then overclock it?
  9. Video editing will work better with more cores- i think...
    With the phenom you get 4 or 3 more cores, and when you get some money again, you could buy a decent cooler to overclock, then you could game aswell.
    I would recommend buying the phenom over the athlon as phenoms are meant to be faster than athlons.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8xpkQw6IeU
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4048/amds-winter-update-athlon-ii-x3-455-phenom-ii-x2-565-and-phenom-ii-x6-1100t/3
  10. I know this sounds like the dumbest thing in the world, but, if I got a better cooling system, could I overclock a Phenom II x2?

    I tried it for just a few hours yesterday to check out the benchmark, and while it didn't raise the benchmark to that of a quad core, it did out perform some tri- core Phenoms. Not sure if it mad any real world difference, because i've not bought a superior heat synch yet, and i don't want to fry my only processor..... Especially if I want to sell it on e-bay after to re-coup some money losses......
  11. Well yes you can but as you said it won't reach the performance of quad cores or hex cores when multitasking heavily, still you could get better performance out of it.

    Just get a heatsink thats good for the job.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B001X017G2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1343289101&sr=8-6
  12. andycoops said:
    I know this sounds like the dumbest thing in the world, but, if I got a better cooling system, could I overclock a Phenom II x2?

    I tried it for just a few hours yesterday to check out the benchmark, and while it didn't raise the benchmark to that of a quad core, it did out perform some tri- core Phenoms. Not sure if it mad any real world difference, because i've not bought a superior heat synch yet, and i don't want to fry my only processor..... Especially if I want to sell it on e-bay after to re-coup some money losses......

    please do not attempt to overclock any substantial amount w/o a proper heatsink.
    also it appears a PII x4 will be a large increase in performance when video encoding
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/97?vs=102
    those resalt are not exactly set in stone but will atleast give you a rough idea of the difference. you can also see how an athlon stacks up
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=102
  13. Anonymous said:
    please do not attempt to overclock any substantial amount w/o a proper heatsink.
    also it appears a PII x4 will be a large increase in performance when video encoding
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/97?vs=102
    those resalt are not exactly set in stone but will atleast give you a rough idea of the difference. you can also see how an athlon stacks up
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=102


    Don't worry my CPU is back in good ol' 1955....

    I mean back at 1.21 Gigawatts....I mean 3.1Ghz. I'm planning on getting a Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2 CPU Cooler because it's in my £25 price range. Not sure if there's a better one for equal or cheaper price that fits AM3 sockets?
  14. The heatsink you chose is very good for the price, just make sure it fits in your case....
  15. Found a smaller one for £5 cheaper -
  16. jay_nar2012 said:


    Looks like a much better fit, hopefully the fan will be quiet too, my standard heat-synch usually revs up at 5495 RPM, and rarely drops unless the computer is idle for about an hour. It'd be nice to have a cooling fan that doesn't sound like it's an asthmatic rodent of some kind....
  17. And by the way i have ashma......
  18. jay_nar2012 said:
    And by the way i have ashma......


    So do I. It's fun isn't it?
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