Which AMD AM2 CPU is better?

March 5, 2009 at 09:27:52
Specs: Windows XP, 2048
Hello, I currently have a AMD AM2 Phenom X4 9600 processor 2.3ghz and I barely use all the cores. I got this cpu for free when I traded it with a video card I did not need.

My idea was to get the AMD Am2 x2 6000 3.2ghz. Since I just surf online to check my emails, and play some steam games, the quad core doesnt even use all the cpus and its pretty much pointless for my use.

This one I was saying if its ok?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Thank you for your support.


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#1
March 5, 2009 at 10:22:13
Quad core CPUs are mostly just hype. Sure, there are *some* people who can actually make full use of them but for the average home user, a quad is totally unnecessary. Most don't even take full advantage of a dual core. The 9600 is one of the "bad" Phenoms with the infamous TLB errata...they were quickly replaced with the 9650. But since you already have it, why replace it? You certainly don't need a 3.1GHz CPU for the internet & e-mails. But if you feel 2.3GHz isn't enough horsepower, you can always overclock.

Do you have an AM2+ motherboard & DDR2-1066? If you do, the X2 7750 would be a better choice...cheaper too. Any dual core X2 that's NOT based on the Phenom will only run the RAM as DDR2-800. The price of the 7750 just dropped again, it's now at $60. Since it's the Black Edition, it will easily overclock to at least 3.0GHz...all you have to do is increase the multiplier to 15x. No other changes would be necessary.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#2
March 5, 2009 at 11:08:58
Well, like you said about the Phenom issues "TLB errata" I think that may be the cause why the system is acting different than it was before. I had a 2.1ghz am2 x2 4000 and it was working great, but wanted a faster one. I thought the phenom was fast, but since it has issues and 4 cores for me are completely useless. I just researched on tomshardware and the X2 6000 beats that processor in a lot benchmarks it seems. I keep my components at stock level, since i dont know yet on how to overclock them. So I might get the X2 6000. Well, I will look into that Kurma core too. Thanks for your response man.

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