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Old July 7, 2010, 01:19 PM
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Default Phenom 965 vs Thuban 1090T

So thinking of giving AMD a try again after a long time away from them. Primarily this will be a mid level gaming machine, 8gb of ram, win7, two 5850s in xfire. Is there any advantage of the Thuban over the Phenom? Please don't reply with something like "get an i7 860" - that is not the question here. And I might get an i7 anyway - but this question is Thuban vs Phenom for gaming, looking at about a two year run - 2010 to 2012/13 or so.
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Old July 7, 2010, 01:37 PM
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I'd expect higher clocks from the 1090t (typical for the 1090T seems to be around 4.1, and IIRC the 965 is typically closer to 3.8), but aside from that, unless you're doing a lot of multi-tasking I wouldn't expect a huge difference.

That said, if you're buying new, I don't think there's a huge difference in price between a 965 and a 1055T so I'd be inclined to drop an extra $20 - $30 for the extra 2 cores.
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Old July 7, 2010, 01:50 PM
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Thanks sswilson, that is kind of what I thought too - unless I have more than a couple of things running at once, probably won't see much difference, but on the other hand, Thuban is so cheap, might as well get it.
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1055 all the way. cheaper. invest the rest in better/other parts :)
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Old July 7, 2010, 02:08 PM
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That's mid-level??? I'd like to see your definition of high-end

Go for the Thuban for sure. It's a no brainer. You might have some trouble overclocking via the BUS instead of using an unlocked multiplier, but it shouldn't be too hard getting up to at least 3.8Ghz.
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Old July 7, 2010, 02:12 PM
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Yes, mid level on price. I already have one of the 5850's, and they are getting cheap now. Ram for this is fairly cheap. I have a corsair 750 psu, so that is done. Hoping to get away with this one for less than $700 in upgrades, which for me is mid level.
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I agree with Dan GTX and SSwilson.

I bought a 1055T from NCIX last week for $200.00 + shipping and GST, and I couldn't be happy with it churning away at 3.5Ghz with zero voltage adjustments. I just set the HT speed to 250(x14) and the RAM back to 1333 on my MSI 790FX GD70 and it's been running great ever since at 100% load.

With an old Zalman CNPS9900 it's running at around 45 celsius folding at 100% load, which is the same as my older 955BE @ 3.5Ghz. My opinion is that this is a super CPU for the $$$$.

When I say 45 celsius I'm taking into consideration that the temperature of 33 that I'm getting is 12 celsius too low according to the built-in CPU diode, or the board is reading it wrong. Most reviews I've read show that at equivalent speed, they don't use much more power than the 955/965 CPUs.
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