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Hi all. Currently i Have an amd phenom ii x2 x555 BE Cpu and looking to upgrade it. Im looking towards either a Phenom 960T and a FX-4170. There has been abit of Bashing of the FX series so im in Two Minds atm. Im Using my Computer for Games and Web Surfing. There isnt much Price difference Between these two in my Country.

So which One do you think is better?

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post #2 of 22
960T there is a possibilty to unlock to 6 cores aswell.

or wait for PD tongue.gif
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post #3 of 22
960T, no contest.
Even a 6-core FX series CPU can't beat the K10 quad-cores (Deneb, Propus, Zosma).
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960t all day. 1045t is also something to consider. Or if you're really lucky, you might even find a 1090t used!
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post #5 of 22
fx 4xxx performs like an APU´s cpu and Phenom II x4 960t like FX 6100 o even better

only FX 8120 makes the difference
post #6 of 22
If not overclocking at all and only for gaming/web surfing the 4.2ghz fx-4170 will outperform a phenom core up til about.... 3.4-3.6ghz or so.

If not overclocking--4170
if overclocking/unlocking---960t

Overall the 960t is a better cpu with being able to possibly unlock 2 cores, and usually having headroom up to 4ghz for overclocking, however both cpu's at stock specifications, the fx-4170 will perform better.
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post #7 of 22
Get the 960T ! The only good Bulldozer is the FX 8120 with amazing OC possibilitys.
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post #8 of 22
I would probably pick the 960T. Your motherboard is AM3+?
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post #9 of 22
One thing i don't understand, why in the world would AMD make something worthless compared to its "old" (960t) technology. I would personally tell you to go with bulldozer because:

1. It is new
2. Scores higher according to Passmark: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
3. Uses am3+ and if you do get am3+ motherboard, you can stay with it for a longer time because amd plans to bring its upcoming chips to am3 motherboards so it'll last you long as well if you plan on upgrading.

Also to answer the question of people telling you to unlock the 2 extra cores. They were closed down by "amd" due to their unstability so why unlock them so that you can put your motherboard on fire or melt your cpu down? i mean there's a huge risk in doing that so why bother pointing it out.
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An unstable core won't melt your motherboard lol.
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