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Hello, I am looking at buying a new quad core processor to replace my Dual-Core Phenom II and I was wondering what the exact differences are between each of the Black Edition processors.

The 955 is a 3.2 Ghz processor, while the 975 is a 3.6 GHz processor. Are the only differences in these processors the stock speeds? I know how to achieve a stable CPU overclock, and i was hoping i could just get the 955 and overclock it past the speeds of a 975 with no problem.

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post #2 of 12
Your correct, the only difference is the stock multiplier setting and stock speeds, get the 955 and OC it, save yourself some coin.
 
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post #3 of 12
I'm pretty sure that you are right, the only difference are stock speeds.

BUT BEFORE YOU BUY, many phenom dual cores can unlock to the x4 versions. What is the exact processor you have?
    
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Correct, the only difference is the stock clock speeds. Usually the higher stock clocked BE's will OC and be more stable than the lower ones. i.e. 975 will be more stable than 955. This isn't always the case, though. It's really a matter of trial and error with OCing.

TBH you could just wait another couple weeks and get the AMD Bulldozer FPU and a new mobo.
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I've got a.... well i don't know where the box is, but its a Phenom II x2 Dual-Core at 3.1 GHz. Not a black edition, or anything.

The last time i tried to unlock its cores, it was quite unstable. But i just got a new motherboard today, and i unlocked the 2 extra cores again. Been running for 5 hours straight without a problem at the stock 3.1GHz
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I've got a.... well i don't know where the box is, but its a Phenom II x2 Dual-Core at 3.1 GHz. Not a black edition, or anything.

The last time i tried to unlock its cores, it was quite unstable. But i just got a new motherboard today, and i unlocked the 2 extra cores again. Been running for 5 hours straight without a problem at the stock 3.1GHz
Download this: http://www.cpuid.com/downloads/cpu-z...1-setup-en.exe

It will tell you what your current processor is.
    
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Just calls it the AMD Phenom II x4 B50 Processor.
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Sounds like the 550 non-BE. Good processors, although one must remember that it failed a test at AMD, whether it was TDP, stability at different clocks when at certain voltages, ect, but can perhaps be overcome with a little voltage tweaking. Definitely worth keeping this chip if all cores can be stabilized.
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Yea you have a unlocked dual core that is now a quad.
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Yeah, and as mentioned, at one point it was unstable under heavy load. I managed to run a 3Dmark Vantage test on it, and it didn't crash. Score was P10495.
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