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AMD Phenom II X3 710 vs. Phenom II X3 720

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Hoping someone could enlighten me to the differences between these to processors...

Ive been building quite a few biostar 880g/phenom x3 720 combos lately and my people LOVE them...

SInce they arent making them anymore (sadly) the prices have gone way up on them,so i went ahead and purchased a Phenom II 710 on ebay for like $40-$50 less than the 720 model...


Is it as simple as being 2ghz difference and thats it???

The one i purchased i am hoping to get to AT LEAST 3.4/3.6 on air,will i see any issues? As i am still new to all of this,and really dont know about internal clock settings etc etc, will the internal settings give me a hard time?


Or am i completely good to go as if i purchased a 720,except of course to not OC it as high...

Lastly,im wondering if theres a max OC i should shoot for (what i can expect to max this out at),or someone here that has experience with this chip,let me know..I would appreciate it guys..
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Well the 720 is a BE, so it has the unlocked multiplier. The 710 will require more of the motherboard to do the overclocking I believe. Not sure what they clock to though, will be more board dependent I believe.

I'm no expert, if I'm wrong someone correct me
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The BE is easier to overclock, which makes it a lot less cumbersome for beginners. However, the 710 will OC just as much, using the correct values and having A LOT of patience, not to mention quite a few rounds of trial and error! What exact board is it?
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710 Overclocking takes a good quality high midrange board, wich usually is the type of board PII x4 and x6 users would go for. Unless you just want a 710 as a stepping stone, its more economical to get a good midrange overclock board, and a 720.

I am thinking of selling my 720 quite soon, overclocsk to 3.4 ghz no problem, 100% stable, and it unlocks, SO i think with those two selling points a quad core will be in order soon. maybe even an x6. thumb.gif
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Its definitley a low end board..

Biostar A870U3

I LOVE these boards and know the bios inside and out,but it definiltly isnt an Asus pro

Im actually in love with the motherboard for my home setup, and thats also a Biostar..Thing cranks,,, TZ68A+Rch Its got a remote too biggrin.gif

Ive had asus,gigabyte msi and biostar mobos...had 2 of each of the first three brands and at least one of each of those first three brands of motherboards failed me..

Ive had/built 13 biostars.. not one has ever failed me.
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