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I have an AM3+ motherboard. I need a dual or quad core CPU that is compatible with my m5a97 R2.0 that is roughly the same speed or faster than TWO of my FX-6300 cores or ONE module at 3.5GHz. The CPU must draw less (or similar if it is faster) power under load than 2 FX-6300 threads. I'm guessing one of the phenom IIs but have no idea what will fit the bill.

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Best phenom II is the 965 C3
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Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post

Best phenom II is the 965 C3

Hmm...That cpu has a higher tdp. I'm mostly interested in low power consumption near the same speed. Do they make dual core semprons or something a little better than that?
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Semprons better than a 965? Nooooo, they're about as low as you can go. Get an Ahtlon II, they're pretty good performers for what they are. What are you wanting to do with them?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103953

Pretty good clockers too if I remember right.

or the quad core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

Dunno if 95watt is too much for you though

There is a dual core phenom II however at 80 watts and can unlock to a quad core.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103887
Edited by SpykeZ - 3/17/13 at 1:59pm
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post #5 of 8
fx 4300 @ 4.5ghz

Going back to the phenom II's would be a downgrade
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It all depends, FX and Phenoms have different architectures. Some programs/games will work better on one or the other. If you dont really care about hard numbers you shouldnt notice a difference between the phenom and quad FX chip. get the FX if you want low power consumption.
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post #7 of 8
you want better performance / watt on two threads, and more threads are not advantageous to you? The fx4300 should clock as high and use less power than the fx6300. Comparable performance /thread and less power thumb.gif
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Perhaps find a 960t on ebay?
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