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X2 3800+ or Pentium D 830?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ubCategory=343

Both are similarly specced with only a small price difference, so I'm wondering, which would perform better?

Please, as always, I ask only post if you're going to give constructive input. If you want to say "Intel rulez! Screw AMD!", please do it somewhere else, I'm not asking your favorite company, I'm asking the better of 2 units.
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post #2 of 20
why would you get the 830 when you can get the 920 which can overclock extremely high

you might want to compare the 920 vs 3800
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Umm, not alloud posting 2 of the same thread.
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yah i just saw this with the title switched

but the 3800 x2 will beat intel's ass except for the 950 or higher
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x2 3800 all the way
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3800x2 is way better then the 830 get the x2 3800 that processor is very nice
    
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I posted this in both the AMD and Intel in forums because I imagine I'd get very biased results posting in just AMD or Intel, what with all the fanboys lurking about.

But, now that I look at all of the benchmarks linked, I see that the 3800+ really smokes the 830.

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As stock, I believe the X2 3800+ is better preforming, but the 830 is cheaper and really isn't that much slower then the X2 3800+. The X2 3800+ is slightly better at gaming and the 830 is slightly better at heavy multi-tasking, but this is just my opinion. I went through this same situation at one point and I went with the 830. But I can offer you a really cheap 830 because I quickly went for the 930 when it came out. But both of these processors are solid and preform well.
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post #9 of 20
As someone already mentioned, why look at the 830 at $266 when the 920 is $243???? And it will overclock to the sky. The X2 3800 is about $295.

Even if you wanted to get the 930 ($324), it will be getting a significant price cut next month. Though if you overclock, the 930 and the 920 will achieve similar overclock speeds, so why spend the money for higher stock clock if you are going to OC anyway? And the 920 will get a price cut next month as well, bringin it under $200.



Here's some comparisons between the 3800 and the 920.......

Tom's Hardware - Price/Performance Index

Tom's Hardware - 3DMark03 - CPU

Tom's Hardware - PC Mark 05

Tom's Hardware - CloneDVD

Tom's Hardware - Media Encoding

It's kind of a ping pong match, but all are really close either way. Plus, this is at stock speeds. The 920 will reach 4Ghz on air (Big Typhoon) rather commonly, and 4.5 on Water is not unheard of. At that speed, I have no doubt it will slam the 3800 at stock speeds. Not sure how high the 3800 can overclock, so that might be something to look at, but from my understanding, AMDs don't can as much clock speed from OC, so it might just bring it back to even.

However, in reference to price, if you are currently running an AMD, then technically it would be cheaper to get the 3800, as you would have to buy a new motherboard to use the 920 (and most likely RAM, as Intel uses DDR2 for it's high end platforms).

And vis versus, if you are already running Intel, it would be cheaper to go with the 920 as to use the 3800 you would need a new board, and as I mentioned, the 920 is already much cheaper than the 3800.

In the end, the actual choice on what you need, and what you can spend will ultimatly determine your final decision.
post #10 of 20
AMD , all the way!! the 3800+ means that the cpu is like a 3.8ghz pentium D and its way cheaper! if you can get the 4400+ it has an extra 512k so gaming is smoother. AMD is cheaper , runs cooler , uses less power so the stock hs is alitte better than the intel.
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