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Old 02-13-2013, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New CPU: 2.7 x6 or 3.0 x4?

Tax return time! Stretching the life of my computer since I can't afford a new system.

Sniped a used 2.7Ghz 6-core Phenom II on eBay. Saw a couple (year old) posts on a forum that say that it's a rare program that even taps anything over 4 cores, and for the same or slightly less, I could have gotten a new 3.0Ghz X4.

So, now my question is whether to keep the X6, or use it until I can get a good deal on an X4, with a guarantee and my money back or some profit to put towards more RAM?
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd agree that quad core is overkill unless you have some very specific requirements (same with hyper threading if you're looking at that sort of thing). Which models are you comparing?

I found this to be useful when comparing CPUs for a rough approximation:

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Old 02-13-2013, 04:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A Phenom II X6 1045T vs a X4 640.
My motherboard limits me to 95 watts. Heck, it's an AM2+ anyway (yes, the CPU's are on the compatibility list) so the motherboard is the choke point, not the CPU.

According to the comparator there, the closest comparable 4-core outdoes a 6-core slightly in games, but falls well behind everywhere else.

Obviously, with previous-gen technology, and a 32-bit OS limiting me to 3.5gigs of RAM, I'm not going to be pumping the newest Crysis at card-melting levels, but I want to be able to at least play the new stuff. Looks like both CPU's will.

Surprisingly, ASCII-based Dwarf Fortress taxes the CPU more than most of the new games do, too...

Anyway, they're both stomping the crap out of my old 2.1 first-gen dual-core.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I upgraded last year from my old Pentium D to a 2500K, so I know that exact feeling Is your mobo limited to 4gb or are you capped by your 32 bit OS only? Also I assume Windows 7?
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Motherboard's limited to two slits of DDR2 1066, so I think to 8gigs. Maybe 16, if I could even find the chips.

The OS is the limiting factor. XP Pro.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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All depends on what you are doing with it. If you can fill all 6 cores, ala media encoding then that is where you should be. If you are doing games the faster clock speed of 4 cores is probably more important.
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Hmm. Anyone recommend a good cheap, fairly quiet cooler?
I generally don't overclock, but I doubt my old dual-core's aluminum block and fan will cut it on the new stuff.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is pretty much the tops when it comes to air cooling the x6 AMD CPU's
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Yup, 212 is great and well priced.
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Thanks, guys!
Took measurements, think the 212 is too big for my low PSU and high-mounted CPU.
Ordered its 92mm brother, the TX3, for even less.
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