Originally Posted by boxman222
And that is kind of my point?
Even at that price point it is pretty damn poor if you compare it to budget cpu's from the past.
Personally I don't even understand why people even build budget rigs like this when you could just get a half a decade or older chip for nearly nothing that performs alot better like intel sandybridge.
It made much more sense back during duron days, as it still performed better than previous generation high end athlons.
It's not just a matter of raw performance, but of the entire platform. You're also not taking clockspeeds into account. The x4 845 is faster than any Phenom II X4 ever produced, on average. It supports modern memory and memory speeds, and the platform is almost completely up to date.
The x4 845, at the same clock speeds, has a slight advantage over the Phenom II in single threaded tasks, but loses in some heavily threaded tasks. Then consider that it pretty much always sustains its 3.8GHz turbo clock during those loads and you have a clear winner (albeit not by a very large margin). It is also a more power efficient CPU.
As always, though, you have to consider everything involved. Warranties, driver support, part interchangeability, and so on play major roles for many people.