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Do the Athlon CPU's have an L3 Cache?

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Nope. Earlier they used to have unlockable L3 cache, though, but they dont make them like that anymore.
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Nope. Earlier they used to have unlockable L3 cache, though, but they dont make them like that anymore.
Aw, that sucks. Looks like I will be going Phenom II x2 instead of Athlon II x4 for my dad's build then. Thanks!
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Nope. Earlier they used to have unlockable L3 cache, though, but they dont make them like that anymore.
That's not entirely true, Athlon 2's no longer have unlockable cache, but my old Athlon 7750x2 has 2mb of L3 cache (it's an old Phenom with 2 cores switched off, doesn't unlock btw) I know this is a technicality due to being an old cpu, but I thought it might be worth a mention.
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Athlon II X4 620/630 have a good chance to be unlockable. It depends on when that proc was made, so it's a hit or miss, I found out yesterday that mine's unlockable.

Example, they all say Propus core, but not all of the 620/630's are really using the Propus core, some are using the Deneb core which is just an electronically crippled Phenom II X4. So Amd just put in fake information so it appears to be using the Propus core and you don't know you can unlock the free performance.

But if you are going to do that make sure the motherboard supports 125watt procs, if it's a 95watt it might potentially unlock to a 125 watt, not the 95 watt version of the better proc, I'm not exactly sure how that works but I'm just warning you.
 
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Aw, that sucks. Looks like I will be going Phenom II x2 instead of Athlon II x4 for my dad's build then. Thanks!
I'd personally go with an athlon II X4 still. The performance increase from the L3 cache is only like 5-10% on average.
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for dad.... the Athlon X4 makes more sense since he probably isn't all about gaming and is more concerned about Windows smoothness.
    
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for dad.... the Athlon X4 makes more sense since he probably isn't all about gaming and is more concerned about Windows smoothness.
This.
The L3 wont mean much for general use and the added cores on the athlon will only improve his multitasking performance and overall OS snappyness.
Also, more futureproof.
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Of all the benchmarks ive seen, there really is little speed difference between having L3 and not. I would go for the athlon x4
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Actually depending on what your dad is going to be doing with it the Athlon II x2's are very competent. I was running a 240 up until a short time ago and for general computer use there is no noticeable difference to my phenom 955. They OC great too.
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