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I've never really understood the AMD processor seies but I'd like to learn

could someone explain the differences and which ones are better than others please
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post #2 of 17
X2 = Dual Core.
X3 = Three Cores.
X4 = Quad Cores.
X6 = Hexa Cores.

Then you have your Opteron Server CPU's, Octo-cores and 12 Core.
post #3 of 17
In addition to what mbudden said, Athlon IIs have 2MB L2 cache (X2, X4) or 1.5MB L2 cache (X3) and NO L3 cache while Phenom IIs 512KB L2 cache PER CORE and 6MB shared L3 cache. Black Edition means unlocked clock multiplier.
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post #4 of 17
And black editions are unlocked multi
Plus higher numbering means higher stock clocks and maybe higher binning, 955 < 980
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post #5 of 17
Athlons are like general class, decently overclockable, can be classed in comparison with Intel's line, such as the non-K i3/i5/i7's.

Phenom processors would be what they call overclocking processors, comparable to the Intel K processors.

Black edition ones are like Intel's Extreme edition processors.

I'm not saying performance is equal or comparable in any of these, but as far as the series go, it's similar to Intel's in this way.
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post #6 of 17
I have always found AMD's processor and chipset series easier to understand than intel any day of the week.
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post #7 of 17
+1
I have had most generations of both since Intel Socket 370/AMD's socket A and i just prefer AMD.
They can keep there GPU's tho
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post #8 of 17
AMD > intel for hardcore OC.
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post #9 of 17
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I guess its what your used to I personally prefer intel and find them easier i mean its pretty self explanatory like i7 sure but they always state the stock clock and things

kinda why AMD's confuse me I guess but meh just gotta learn ;D
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post #10 of 17
Well actually the SB and Nehalem chips can get higher OC's than AMD... That said before in the Athlon64 days AMD had the OC and performance crown.

TBH I find AMD's naming conventions a lot easier to understand. Maybe not the "AMD dual graphics" thing with the Llano/Sabine chips but for the most part the naming convention is simple.

PS: @OP: Maidstone eh? I was actually in Canterbury a while back, just an hours drive away, it was a pretty nice town. Never actually went to Maidstone but most of my time was spent in Margate/Ramsgate/Broadstairs, Herne, Dover, etc.
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