Time For Round Two
A few months ago, we compared the Phenom II X2 555 to Intel's Pentium G6950 in both stock and overclocked form. When the dust settled, the results were inconclusive after we enthusiastically over-volted the Pentium CPU past its limits and into oblivion. Even though the load temperatures were quite cool, the processor died halfway through our benchmarks. Readers also commented in the forums that they wanted to see what would happen if our Phenom II X2 555 could run with its dormant CPU cores enabled.
This brings us to the rematch. We can't put this one to bed in good conscience until we can properly overclock that Pentium G6950 and at least try to unlock all the Phenom II X2 555’s cores.
For those who missed the first article, let's have another look at the contenders.
The AMD platform gives you more choices (integrated graphics, discreet graphics in several flavors, a lot of PCI lanes, or a few), and an unlocked multiplier.
All these are important considerations.
Id like to see a serious stability test on both cpus. A couple days with a graphic benchmark on loop as well as prime95 running an instance on each core would do it.
I don't know if this is ROFL or just sad ? Try reading the article. Your embarrassing yourself.
More faulty logic by AMD fanboys. Which is it ? A budget bang for your buck rig,
890FX ($160.00 MIN)+ 555=260, all so you can buy another cpu, next year, that does not exist yet ?
and 890fx, you HAVE to buy a DISCRETE graphics card now.
AMD will love you , if you invest in all of this hardware , with plans to buy more, lol.
Businesses do not overclock and the AMD Platform with an ATI4200 onboard is just so much better then anything intel has to offer... Encoding ? Use and AthlonX4...
The only good thing about the Pentium would be trying to break overclocking records... other then that... it's just a cheep cpu that fails against any amd tricore.
Hmmmm, talk about embarrassing yourself - didn't you even bother to find out if your numbers were right before posting? You can get a 890FX for $140, not $160 MIN as you stated. For $155 you can get one with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, and it's not implemented with the compromises inherent with the LGA 1156 platform.
You're quite incorrect about needing a discreet GPU. AMD sells the 890GX, 790GX, 785G, 760G, and 880G. In fact, the platform they used had an integrated GPU. The nice thing with the AMD platform is, they have sideport memory, so you don't degrade CPU performance when you use the IGP due to memory contention.
So, I can get the AMD platform with motherboards around $60 with an IGP, or I can get a powerful platform with two real PCI-E 16x slots, USB 3.0, and SATA 6.0 Gbps for $155. You don't have the same choices with the Pentium G6950 platform in either direction. AM3 processors have a very diverse selection of platform.
So, is your contention that choice is bad?