is a quad core phenom or phenom2 better then intel dual core?
I am really new to the AMDs and i am not sure what works with which board . to me AMDs have so many board it confuses me.
and since most AMDs are cheaper ( at least I think that they are) I was wonder if a quad core phenom or phenom2 better then intel dual core? I ask this because I was thinking of moving up to a quad core CPU but looking at the prices of Intel quad cores that are around the 2.6.3 ghz rand ..they are really expensive. I could probably get a decent AMD quad CPU for the same price as a Intel dual core, this is why I asked the question. I do have a amd Athon 64x2 5600+ but that thing runs about the same as my old P4 3ghz cpu.
where can I find info on a good mix of Motherboard and cpu ( AMD) because I am thinking of going AMD if they are decent in price as well as performance
AMD 720BE is about the same as your E8400.
Btw, the original Phenoms were crap, Phenom II's are better :)
Phenom II's are very good.
X2 550 i'd say is equal to an e8400, at much less of a price.
X4's 955 & 965 are pretty damn nice, with both being BE's as well.
I would think an Athlon X2 5600+ to be quite a bit better than a Pentium 4 3.0.
I can't tell you how my Phenom II X4 940 performs compared to a Q9400 or to a Q9550. But I am very satisfied by its performance.
As JC said, the original Phenoms weren't too good, but the Phenom II are quite competitive in terms of price/performance.
As for Mobo.
AM3 mobo will require DDR3 RAM and AM3 CPU
AM2+ mobo will work with Phenom II(even the AM3) and require DDR2 RAM
Original Phenoms were much slower than Core 2 CPUs. Phenom II CPUs are a bit slower clock for clock but are pretty close. I would personally choose a quad-core Phenom II over a dual-core Core 2 CPU if they were the same price, but depending on what you do with your PC, you might benefit more from the faster single and dual-threaded performance of the Core 2 CPU than you would from the extra two cores of the Phenom II.
It really depends on what you're doing I'd say. If you're doing a lot of heavy multitasking, then you'd be better off with a Phenom II. Or if you do a lot of graphic design or modeling/animation that has you running multiple programs and transferring between them, then again you'd benefit from the quad core setup. But for most single, focused applications, you'll probably see a very slight increase from an e8400 or better Core2.
Mulithreaded apps or multi core aware applications will benefit more from a quad over a dual all things being equal. For day to day computing honestly I don't think that there is a difference. Still the Quad may be a better "future looking" investment as more & more apps are being designed to take full advantage of any additional cores.
if I were you I would pick up an amd 940 be quad core and a gigabyte ud4p (ddr3 edition for future proofing.
that would be budget conscious and very effective IMHO:thumb:
I believe 940 only has a DDR2 controller. You must be reffering to the 945 955 or 965.
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