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Right now I have my Athlon x2 240 at 3.6GHz. A friend left his old Phenom 9850 black chip at my house and told me to play with it. He had the chip at 3.15GHz Prime95 stable without ACC. I have ACC so I was hoping to hit 3.3GHZ, Does this seem realistic?

I have read that crossfire works better with more cores, is this true?

Thanks for any advice you could give!
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Crossfiring works better with more cored because any card worth crossfiring is going to be bottlenecked by a dual core chip. :/

You should see a noticeable improvement. IIRC, clock for clock, the original Phenom's are just barely behind Athlon II's, so at 3GHz+, that's still a fairly good CPU.
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Athlon ii kills a phenom I
    
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I understand that clock-per-clock the Athlon II is better and I was happy with it at 3.6 when I was gaming all day. Now Im playing with animation and music programs so I was thinking that the two extra cores might help.

thanks for the quick reply's
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Athlon ii kills a phenom I
Agreed, the old Phenom is lightyears behind the newr athlon!
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post #6 of 14
Sadly, the Athlon II, despite being a dual core, is faster than the Phenom. If you get a decent enough OC though, your 5750 CF setup shouldn't be bottlenecked too hard.

It has roughly the performance of a 5850, which is hardly bottlenecked by an X2
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post #7 of 14
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I swapped chips just to test and play. 3dMark06 shows small performance drops. 3dMark11 is a big gain for CPU physics and small gain on the Crossfire. Benchmarks say the Phenom is better, architecture says the 240 x2 is better. After six hours of use, I see no real world difference.
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post #8 of 14
then stay with the regor. It will run cooler, and use less power. Plus you won't get harassed for having a CPU that is almost as big of a fail as Pentium D.
Edited by reflex99 - 12/22/10 at 5:50pm
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Were you able to stably hit 3.3GHz on the Phenom?
    
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post #10 of 14
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@ reflex, the Pentium D line made me fall out of my chair.

Im playing with it at 3.2GHz @ 1.4V watching the temps. 56c at load so I might try a different cooler tomorrow and if I get better temps go higher. with ACC set to +2 on all cores it took less voltage to get 3.2GHz.
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