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Assuming the prices were the same, what would have better cpu performance. I'm finding it hard to get good benchmarks for what I need.

Also, no overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001
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After overclocking probably the 4100.

AM3+ is a much more futureproof socket than FM1 though. Trinity will be using FM2 so you'd have to buy a new board.

Piledriver will be using AM3+ so it would make economical sense, as well as performance sense to just buy the 4100. Overclock it to 4.5GHz+ and enjoy
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FX would be a smarter investment compared to a specific FM1 socket for the A8. But you should get a Phenom II 960T.
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FX would be a smarter investment compared to a specific FM1 socket for the A8. But you should get a Phenom II 960T.

Wouldn't the 960t be slower at stock speeds?
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If you're not overclocking I would do neither. Get an AM3+ motherboard and a high-clocked Phenom II.
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If you're not overclocking I would do neither. Get an AM3+ motherboard and a high-clocked Phenom II.

What if I said I weren't going to be playing games on this. Just a lot of applications open at the same time.
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Quote:
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What if I said I weren't going to be playing games on this. Just a lot of applications open at the same time.

Still 960T.
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I didn't realize you could unlock cores on the Quad Phenom CPUs...
That would be the better cpu then, right?
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I didn't realize you could unlock cores on the Quad Phenom CPUs...
That would be the better cpu then, right?

You have a chance to unlock it (no guarantee). If you can unlock 960T to X6 that would be fantastic.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 2/18/12 at 8:34am
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Hmm didn't see you said no overclocking. A 4100 at 3.6GHz would be quicker than a 3GHz 960T if it didn't unlock.

I had a 960T myself and it was amazing at 4GHz with 6 cores and 2.8GHz on the NB. Ran so cool it was unbelievable, but its stock speeds are too modest and unlocking isnt garantueed.
Edited by Neroh - 2/18/12 at 8:47am
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