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Sempron 145 vs Phenom 8650

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this guy claims people can get the Phenom 8650 BE to 3.6 LOL, maybe on L2N.

I offered him a Sempron 145 which "actually" gets to 3.6 2/4 stable on air and supports DDR3 while also being AM3/AM3+ compatable 45nm/C3 rev.

He acts all insulted like the 8650 kicks the Sempron 145's ass. except for encoding the Sempron seems better in every way along with future compatability.

All I want is honest opinions. Is my reasoning incorrect?
Edited by dlee7283 - 10/15/11 at 7:53pm
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Logically it's correct but people still see it as a discount processor therefore not as good. That's just the thinking.

I've had tons of fun with my semprons in the past. The love to be pushed and you'd be amazed what they can do and stay cool too.
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Logically it's correct but people still see it as a discount processor therefore not as good. That's just the thinking.
+1. These are the kind of people that make Best Buy rich.
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Out of all the AMD computers i've built, Semprons have the highest unlocking and OCing capabilities. I've gotten 9 out of 11 Sempron 145's to 3.5 GHz fully unlocked. And even like that they keep themselves cool.

They're pretty good chips for low end rigs, and even for some light gaming.

"Low End" CPU's aren't that bad, but it will depend on what you wanna do. Of course, my i3 will fail at encoding or heavy tasks, but does pretty well on BOINC and gaming. Not too bad for a $100, previous-gen CPU. Also, another reason Socket 775 CPU's are still going strong.
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Sempron 145, AM3, can go with both DDR2 and DDR3 but Phenom 8650, AM2+, stucks with DDR2 only.

Sempron 145 's HT and NB frequency would perform better than oldie Phenom, I mean in overclocking way.

Sempron 145 has a nice chance to UNLOCK another hidden core. I used to random picked the 140 one and it can run unlocked so easy.
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I have a Sempron 140 (100 mhz slower than Sempron 145)
and a Phenom 8450e which is also slower than 8650, both with 2gb ram.

The sempron beats my phenom when loading one program at a time. Photoshop takes 3 seconds to load on sempron 140, and about 5 seconds on the phenom.

But when several programs are already open such as firefox, ms outlook, ms word, and then I try opening photoshop, the phenom loads photoshop faster. So in the end I would choose the phenom even if the sempron can reach 3 ghz.

For an office workstation, the sempron is great with its low TDP and silent cooling, but it will lag behind the old phenom in games that require 2 cores like Bad Company 2.
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Well, to be honest, I have actually seen 8650 BE's get close to 3.6GHz. Not all of them do, but I remember at least a few that hit 3.4-3.5GHz which is pretty decent.

Of course, it will be slower clock for clock than the sempron, but they're not terrible chips.

For general use, I would probably go with the 8650 personally, because of the extra core and what I use my PC for right now (VM's, writing papers, etc... not much gaming right now). They're not as future proof (already outdated), and I wouldn't ever go out and buy one, but if I had one, I could likely still be using it.

Just my two cents.
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