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AMD Phenom II X2 550 vs. AMD Phenom II X3 720

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AMD Phenom II X2 550 vs. AMD Phenom II X3 720

  1. AMD Phenom II X2 550

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  2. AMD Phenom II X3 720

    37.9%
  3. Screw it. Get a AMD Phenom II X4 955.

    46.6%
  1. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

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    I'm in the market for a new CPU. I want something sub $200 and able to overclock to suit my system. (See specs.) I've been debating on AMD Phenom II X2 550 or a AMD Phenom II X3 720. I use my system primarily for gaming with the occasional Photoshop. What would you guys suggest would best suit me?
     
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    550's OC higher, but the X3's got an extra core. I can tell you that it's one bad ass gaming CPU for the price.
     
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    Yeah I know but very few games use more than 2 cores currently and the 550 OC like a sum bitch. 4ghz in my crossfire system sounds sexy :laugh:

    I'm so confused. Now I know how Elton John felt in puberty.
     
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    Review PII 550 w/720
    i'd go with the tri-core, it's at stock and it pretty much is ahead or in between both the PII x2 550 stock and oc'd. So oc the 720 and you should 95% percent of the time have better performance.
     
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    Gives you 2 cores for games and the 3rd is usually used by windows
     
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    id get the 720 if i had the money... but i only can afford a 550 thats going to be in my rig till end of summer :D
     
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    i7 920 :D
     
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    Makes perfect sense.:rolleyes:

    Get the X3 720. You won't find a better CPU for the price.
     
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    It's got the HT, the 4 cores, da 4ghz, da........:D

    Na I agree the x3 is a stellar choice.
     
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    From what I've read from the numerous reviews:

    Both the Phenom II X2 550 and Phenom II X2 720 have similar performance - I'd get the cheapest one of the two, presuming the price difference is substantial. Even in encoding and rendering the difference is still similar!

    Here in the UK the Phenom II X2 550 is a bargain at less than £80, In comparison to the X2 720 which is £120 and the E8400 which is £135 :)

    PS.

    a_ump, in that Neo Seeker review I was suprised to see the Phenom II 550 out performing the E8400 in many tasks. Interesting read indeed.


    Edit 2:

    Interesting. I'm going to look through the many reviews again. Be back later in a few hours with an analysis of my findings:toast:
     
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    Go for the X3
     
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    Screw it. Get a AMD Phenom II X4 955.
     
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    someone else brought that review to my attention, and so i compared it to other reviews and saw opposite results...
     
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    No 940? Is the DDR3 memory support really important?
     
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    You already have a tri core... the dual core would be a downgrade in some situations, the tri core is basically what you have, only a little faster... the quad core is faster and has 1 more core than what you had before. So yeah, get the 955
     
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    PII 720 ftw.
     
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    I'd say screw it and get one of the X4 810's. Not much more money for an entire extra core (or two). Not to mention they run cooler and with less power than the 9 series X4's!

    However, I voted for the X3 -- just bought one of these as a present, and it's a damn good chip for a cheap, cheap price.
     
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    Thats not exactly true. I'm running a Phenom 1.

    Need BE.
     
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    940 is a black edition
     
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    Damn your right. What the hell am I thinking of.
     
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    I really don't think you need a 955 for a gaming rig. I've had ddr3 it's really not a big deal. Get the 720 BE and use the money you save on hookers. For gaming it's more than enough.
     
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    What about a 940 vs a 720?
     
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    In your case I'd get a 940.. But if you ever wanna go AM3 you'd be outta luck.
     
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    I had that debate with myself as well, I came to the conclusion that the 940 with bench higher due to the "4th" core, if you don't care about benching and are only gaming/web browsing the 720 wins in terms of the price/bang for buck field.
     

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