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post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by StormXLR View Post
Phenom its newer tech
Wrong. The only difference in the 2 is that Athlon had no l3 cashe.
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post #12 of 42
Phenom II > Athlon II in all situations.
 
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post #13 of 42
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Originally Posted by onoz View Post
Phenom II > Athlon II in all situations.
He doesn't have an Phenom II, but an Phenom I 9950. A quad core athlon x4 at the same speed would probably beat the phenom I.
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post #14 of 42
Phenom's are way better than Athlons. They have the L3 cache which is what the CPU uses to communicate between its cores. It also is very beneficial for gaming.

Apropos, gaming, more cores is not always better. There were several instances where an x3 720 (Phenom II) outperformed its quad core counterparts and even an i7 920 due to having a larger L3 cache per core; 2MB for the x3 versus 1.5MB for the quads.
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post #15 of 42
Not all Phenoms have L3 cache, the 840 for example. In most cases, L3 isn't a deal breaker, especially when you consider the price difference between the equivalent Athlon and Phenom.
Edited by IEATFISH - 5/16/11 at 11:51am
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post #16 of 42
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Not all Phenoms have L3 cache, the 840 for example. In most cases, L3 isn't a deal breaker, especially when you consider the price difference between the equivalent Athlon and Phenom.
Oh that's a new one to me. No L3 on a Phenom II?! I thought that was the main difference between them..

Perhaps the 840 is really just a re-badged Athlon. This is quite interesting.
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post #17 of 42
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Perhaps the 840 is really just a re-badged Athlon. This is quite interesting.
That's exactly what it is.

Athlon Brisbane/Windsor vs Phenom Agena, the Athlon actually wins some benchmarks due to the low clocks on the Phenom.

Athlon II Regor/Rana/Propus vs Phenom II Callisto/Heka/Deneb, no question, the Phenom II is better. The only categories in which the Athlon II bests Phenom II are price and power consumption.
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post #18 of 42
According to this the differences aren't all that relevant:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=88

I mean yeah phenom II is obviously better in things that utilize the cache but it's not exactly significant.
post #19 of 42
Tell your friend that you both have a crappy cpu.
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Phenom is better than Athlon.
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