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Windows 7: Which CPU to buy


19 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Which CPU to buy

Hi,

I am upgrading my PC to the best of its abilities and I'm undecided on which CPU to go for.

Here are my choices:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz

or
AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz


Here is the MoBo I have:
ASRock > Products > N68-S

I know there are both supported but I'm not sure what the difference it between the two in terms of speed? I know one is 3.4GHz and the other is lower but I dont know what the real difference will be.

Thanks


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19 Jun 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

The X4 is faster and has 4 cores, the X6 has 6 cores. The one that's best for you depends on what you do with your computer. There aren't many programs that make use of 6 cores, but some CPU intensive programs such as HD video editing and such will. Games, there is no advantage as they don't really use 4 cores.
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19 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaymie1989 View Post
Hi,

I am upgrading my PC to the best of its abilities and I'm undecided on which CPU to go for.

Here are my choices:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz

or
AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz


Here is the MoBo I have:
ASRock > Products > N68-S

I know there are both supported but I'm not sure what the difference it between the two in terms of speed? I know one is 3.4GHz and the other is lower but I dont know what the real difference will be.

Thanks
Not to be priggish, but are you sure that your motherboard supports those CPUs?

Asrock gives a list:

ASRock > Products > N68-S > CPU Support List

Neither of your choices are on it.

The 965 is a 125W TDP chip, which is higher than the highest approved ones (95W). That looks likely to be a problem.

I presume that the 1045T will be compatible, like the 1055t, although it'd be nice if it was listed explicitly.
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19 Jun 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Having just upgraded from that fine 965 I can recommend it with all my heart. The 1045 is a great choice as well but I don't have any personal experience with it. My 965 was stable on a sealed water system @ 4.1 and I think it had more to give with tweaking.
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20 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post

Not to be priggish, but are you sure that your motherboard supports those CPUs?

Asrock gives a list:

ASRock > Products > N68-S > CPU Support List

Neither of your choices are on it.

The 965 is a 125W TDP chip, which is higher than the highest approved ones (95W). That looks likely to be a problem.

I presume that the 1045T will be compatible, like the 1055t, although it'd be nice if it was listed explicitly.
Hi,

My mistake, I was looking at multiple things.

What do you think about this one:
Advance Technologies AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz Thuban Core 6MB Cache 95W Retail HDT45TWFGRBOX
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20 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

According to this benchmark site

PassMark Software - CPU Benchmark Charts

the X4 scores 4201 and the X6 gets 5000
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20 Jun 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think in real life you will have more benefits from the higher clock speed of the X4 than from the 2 additional cores of the X6. And I would not stare at benchmarks. Those are pretty artificial and do not take the real daily used programs into consideration.
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20 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, whs is right. If the choice was a faster quad core versus a slower 6 core proc, 99.9% of what you would do with the computer, would be faster on the quad, if all else was equal.
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20 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

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20 Jun 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaymie1989 View Post
Now you are 'downgrading'.
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