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Hello there, I'm almost ready to purchase a new CPU and I stand between the specific 2 models:

X4 965 125W C3 HDZ965FBGMBOX @ 3.4GHz

and

X4 955 125W C3 HDZ955FBGMBOX @ 3.2GHz

I've seen a lot of confusing threads with comparisons between these two and I want to make things clear about me.

1. Consider that money is not a problem as they are really close in the price range and are both cheap enough for me. I don't care about money for these.

2. Also keep in mind that I plan to overclock them as much as I can for 24/7 use.

3. I have an aftermarket air cooler and I wish to hit 4GHz stable.. (Check my current rig.. i do overclock a lot..)

4. They are almost identical chips, both 125W, C3 Stepping, Black Edition and only 200MHz different to each other. (Don't tell me to get the 95W versions I'd love to but they are nowhere to buy in europe yet.. just between these specific 2 CPUs please).

So which one am I supposed to get in order to achieve my goal as stated in #3?
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post #2 of 14
Just get the 965 then if price isn't a factor... Screw it
post #3 of 14
965 does have a higher chance of being better binned
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post #4 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by thealex132 View Post
965 does have a higher chance of being better binned
This. Since you're going for extreme overclocks, it's worth the extra money to get (hopefully) a better chip.
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I would hope that when they test the chips, the better quality ones are labeled as the higher model chips

So I'd get the 965
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My 965 went up to 4.2Ghz on air 24/7 volts, my friends 955 only went up to 3.7Ghz on air
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post #7 of 14
My old 955 could only get to 3.8ghz. Needed ridiculous volts just to be able to post @ 4ghz - and was still never stable.

Get the 965.

Here's the 95w version if you live in England - it's only one i could find and only 8 left in stock:
http://www.component-warehouse.co.uk...-95w-45nm.html
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I can easily reach high overclocks with my 955 with low-end cooling
    
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My 955 is folding 24/7 @ 4ghz with 1.46v, It will boot at as high as 4.5ghz, but I can't get it stable.

I'd assume a 965 might have a chance to be higher binned, but 955's still OC well.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thealex132 View Post
My 965 went up to 4.2Ghz on air 24/7 volts, my friends 955 only went up to 3.7Ghz on air
That's just a good chip and a bad chip. 955 average OCs are just as goods as 965s.
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