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So 4700+ for the 9950 @ 3.2 in 3D'06?

Not too shabby, but I don't understand the difference between the 9850 & 9950? They're both 'Black Editions' so their multipliers are unlocked, but the 9950 comes with the multiplier set .5 higher and costs more?
Why not just buy the 9850, move the multiplier up .5, and save $40?

What am I missing here?

EDIT: I'm asking because I want to upgrade to a black edition phenom and a 790GX/SB750 mobo.
I dunno

I guess the 9950's are better binned.
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I think the 9950 has higher stock frequency but i could be wrong.
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I think the 9950 has higher stock frequency but i could be wrong.
Yeah, it does

2.6 vs 2.5
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post #24 of 35
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I think the 9950 has higher stock frequency but i could be wrong.
You're right, but that's just because the multiplier is set .5 higher on the 9950. But with the Black Edition Phenoms, the multipliers are unlocked anyways ....I don't know, it just didn't make sense to me pay extra money for the exact same thing, just 'set' differntly from the factory.
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doesn't it have a better memory controller though
    
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post #26 of 35
I have no clue, that's what I'm asking.
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Nope..... the memory controller is the same across all Phenoms. It wouldn't be worth AMD's time to have a different part that has a different memory controller. This release is probably just to diversify their multi-core portfolio. I don't see how a 9850 BE couldn't hit 2.5GHz with a bump in vcore.
    
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post #28 of 35
It could easily, just change the multiplier from 12.5, to 13!

Then TADA!!! You have a 9950!
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The processor we are reviewing today is the AMD Phenom X4 9950 Quad Core with the new B3 Stepping using the 65nm Silicon on Insulator process technology. This new processor is a 'Black Edition' and has the CPU/FSB multiplier unlocked for easier overclocking, but it has a nominal TDP of 140W making temperature control during overclocking very critical. We have also noticed that the 9950 processor has a faster 2.0GHz memory controller, making it among the best of the other '9x50 series' processors that retain the slower 1.8GHz or 1.6GHz memory controller.
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isint this the same review you all read?
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After a little while trying to find a stable overclock, i settled with 3.0GHz. This was achieved by simply increasing the multiplier to 15x, leaving the FSB at 200MHz, and slightly increasing the voltage. I was able to get the system to boot at 3.3GHz and it remained stable under the Orthos Stress test, just when i tried to run 3DMark06 it crashed, this seems as if its being under powered, but i didn't want to increase the voltage past 1.37V. At 3.0GHz, the temperature peaked at 56 degrees Celsius. Below you can see the screen shots from CPU-Z of the overclocked processor.
That sounds like it might be a lot better chip than what we have seen from the 9850s. I can't wait to see more reviews.
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