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Hi I am wondering if i should upgrade my q6600 to fx 6100. I don't really need the cpu power but currently I only have one pci express slot and I want to crossfire. Should I upgrade? I can't find benchmarks for fx 6100 anywhere

Also what is the difference between 970 chipset and 990? is it worth it to get 990? I will probably OC to around 4ghz
post #2 of 19
If you use it for video/media encoding, then the FX will likely serve you better. If not, the Q6600 is still a good CPU.

This may help. Just bear in mind this is the top end FX-8150 vs the Q6600. Still beats it like a red-headed step child, though.
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990 allows SLI or CF in x8/x8 while 970 does not. In your case you do want to get 990 MB.

Do you have a budget in mind? What GPU do you have?
Edited by trumpet-205 - 1/27/12 at 5:57pm
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I have 6870 I thought some 970 chipset got two pci E?
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Oh its x16 and x4 I c
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I have 6870 I thought some 970 chipset got two pci E?

Oops. My bad, I meant no SLI.

However, the second PCIe operates at x4. While you can do CF with x16/x4 configuration, you really don't want to. x4 will hold back CF performance a bit. 990 allows you to CF with x8/x8, which is better than x16/x4.
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I'm asking cause microcenter is giving 120 bucks off of any amd 3+ board with a purchase of a bulldozer
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3 pci E is overkill for me and is biostar reliable?
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Oops. My bad, I meant no SLI.
However, the second PCIe operates at x4. While you can do CF with x16/x4 configuration, you really don't want to. x4 will hold back CF performance a bit. 990 allows you to CF with x8/x8, which is better than x16/x4.

The 970 is x16 x4 however its a "electrical" x4 witch I believe means its wired off the southbridge instead of the northbridge like a x8 or x16.
The 990FX is x16x16 SLI or CrossfireX with additional PCIe slots at x8 or "electrical" x4 (just got the 990FXA t weeks ago so I had to read a lot)

Biostar is noted as a low end brand however in recent years have really tried to break away from with pretty good success. If your looking at Biostar the TA990FXE is tested and true. If you are going AMD for a new build I would also recommend the Phenom II 960t. It may unlock to a full x6 but at x4 it still will pull better performance that the FX 6100.

Good luck with the upgrade thumb.gif
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