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Right now I have an Athlon II x4 640 but I'm considering upgrading to a Phenom II x4 960T.

The price of this processor is pretty steep for me but if the performance gains would be noticeable enough it would be worth the cost.

Any thoughts on how much performance I might gain?

Also, the 960T has an L3 cache whereas the Athlon II 640 doesn't. Forgive my ignorance, but what are the advantages of having an L3 cache? I know that there are advantages, just not sure what they are. I'm still learning biggrin.gif

Thanks gang!
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Basically the L3 does a similar task as the L1 and L2 except the L3 is shared across the cores. the cores can store parts of task there while they are working on other parts, they also can exchange data between cores with the L3. The 960T will provide noticeable gains at stock clocks but the real difference comes when you overclock. you also can theoretically unlock it to an x6 but I wouldn't count on that capability. so in short you will notice an improvement in performance.
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But if you aren't going to overclock your both CPU's you cannot see more than 10% increasement.
    
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yeah, in addition the 960t is very good to overclock to a hexacore and to 4Ghz+ on air.
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yeah, in addition the 960t is very good to overclock to a hexacore and to 4Ghz+ on air.

Yes, but we are talking about his overclocking. If he isn't going to overclock his CPU 640 or 960T. He cannot see more than 10% increasement in performance and i think from 640 to 960T it's not worth it. He can overclock Athlon 640 to 4GHz too.
    
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Yes, but we are talking about his overclocking. If he isn't going to overclock his CPU 640 or 960T. He cannot see more than 10% increasement in performance and i think from 640 to 960T it's not worth it. He can overclock Athlon 640 to 4GHz too.

I know lol, I would stick with the Athlon and save up for something like a X6 or replace another part ( or even wait until something new comes out)
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Thanks for the replies! I figure I'll hang on to the Athlon. Its running pretty well with the OC I have on it at the moment so I think I'll save a bit of cash and upgrade my PSU and GPU.

My biggest concern with the Athlon was the lack of an L3 cache (even though I had/have a limited understanding of the benefits of an L3 cache)

Anyway, thanks again. You've all been very helpful thumb.gif
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I think your board supports "unlocking" which can "unlock" the L3 cache on certain Ahtlons.. iirc
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Thanks for the replies! I figure I'll hang on to the Athlon. Its running pretty well with the OC I have on it at the moment so I think I'll save a bit of cash and upgrade my PSU and GPU.
My biggest concern with the Athlon was the lack of an L3 cache (even though I had/have a limited understanding of the benefits of an L3 cache)
Anyway, thanks again. You've all been very helpful thumb.gif

L3 cache is the same as L2 except it is shared between the cores, each core has some individual L2
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