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Old March 1, 2009, 09:53 AM
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Default x3 720BE drops to $150.

The egg has had them at $150+shipping for the week-end, at $50 a core is it worth getting one now or wait it out for something else? Amd might release a BE 925/945 quad but then price would be much the same as the 940 be I would think. I wish I could find some good comparitive benches of the 720be vs x2 6000/6400.
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Old March 1, 2009, 03:34 PM
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Here you got a X2 7750 compared to the X3 720.
X2 7750 should be about as performant as a X2 6000.

Legit Reviews - AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE and Phenom II X4 810 Processors - Futuremark 3DMark06
EXTREME Overclocking - AMD Phenom II X4 810 & X3 720 Processors Review - Page: 10 - Tweaking PC Hardware To The Max

X2 6400

iXBT Labs - AMD Phenom II X3 720 / X4 810 / X4 920 - Page 3: More tests

The price for the 945 BE will likely be just about where the 940 is now.
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Old March 1, 2009, 05:57 PM
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Sa seba, thanks for the links, I kinda suspected the 7750 would be on par to x2 6000. Hows the x3 720 doing on u'r board, how high does the cpu multi go, did u notice a big difference from u'r oc'd 5000be?
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Old March 1, 2009, 07:14 PM
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Have it sitting at 3200 MHz right now, but will go higher as soon as I get the time for it. (working on the wifeys comp right now).
AOD reports 24 degree Celcius when idle (although I expect those values to be slightly higher in reality).

There is quite a difference to my 5000 be, which was clocked to 3.2 as well, as far as multitasking goes.
FPS has somewhat improved in Fallout 3 and Mass Effect, but in general I didn't notice much of a difference in games. (playing at 1920x1200).

Yesterday, I played mass effect while having nlite process my xp install cd, didn't notice any perfomance loss.
With my 5000 be that was a different story.
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I'd go for it. Apparently a decent amount of people have successfully unlocked a fourth core, getting you a brand new quad for $150.00. Can't beat that.
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I think I'll wait it out and see what happens with prices closer to May or so.
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