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Hello all. I currently own a x4 945. I am going to sell it off and opt for an upgrade. But which AMD CPU do I go with? I was reading somewhere that there are many applications that do not utilize all the cores that one would be able to unlock. I heard a usage of 95 percent on 1 core and 2-3 percent on some other cores. I know with AMD I'd get more bang for my buck, but the money thing probably wont be much of an issue....with AMD.

So I was thinkin' either 1100t or 1090t. Does anyone have any good or bad experiences that they'd like to share? Like maybe even a successs upgrade story? Any facts to spew at me as well.

P.S. No Intel fanboy-ism please. Intel makes the best chips hands down, but for my money I want something that can perform almost as well...for a lot less.
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Do you have an idea of what you're going to use this new chip for? If you don't have an answer stick with the X4.

99% of people don't really need an X6. It's just more for the e-peen factor than anything. Is there a reason why you want to upgrade your 945?

IMO, you're probably better off getting an SB chip as much as it pains me to say this. That is until BD comes out and hopefully tips the scale into it's favour.
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Yeah, if you want easier overclocking go with the black edition cpus, like the 1090T or 1100T or 955, 965, 970 X4's. The 1090T and 1100T are pretty much the same thing but you get 3300mhz stock from 1100T and 3200mhz stock from 1090T. They over clock very well compared to the Denebs, the 955, 965, and 970's. To be honest you are probably doing just fine right now and in games aren't gonna see much of an improvement by upgrading.

Maybe look to upgrading your graphics card would be a better choice right now. Sell off your 460 and get a 560 or if you can a 570 and you will be very happy.
Edited by Chuckclc - 2/12/11 at 3:46am
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Frankly speaking, if you consider gaming, i don't think you would notice any difference if you upgrade to a 1090t or 1100t. If you consider some video transcoding tools or 3d modeling tools, you might notice a difference but nothing astronomical. I upgraded from a x2 and so i noticed quite a bit of difference but from a x4, you wouldn't notice anything for a daily usage point of view.

Wait till BD is out. Thats your safest bet.
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IMO, you're probably better off getting an SB chip as much as it pains me to say this.
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P.S. No Intel fanboy-ism please
I don't see much reason to upgrade here. But if you already made up your mind, I can only give you two suggestions:

1. Wait for Bulldozer.

2. Go for the 1055t. Why? Because you overclock everything. RAM, NB, etc.... With a BE you only make your CPU faster. But with a non-BE, you overclock everything with your CPU, hence, you get even more performance.

Let the NB be an example. A 3.0Ghz CPU with a well overclocked NB will BEAT a 4.0Ghz CPU with a stock NB.
If you're not up for it, buy a 1090t.


But then again, it's your choice. The final decision will come from you
    
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There is no point is upgrading yet, as bulldozer is like 2 and a half months away, just wait it out, and save
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I do gaming, video streaming and on-the-fly media transcoding in Linux. I assume that this transcoding would see a boost in performance as I sometimes have to quit some background processes so I wont get that occasional choppy video. My 945 runs ok now. Sitting at an OC of 3.69 aircooled with an aftermarket heatsink.

I'm looking at this link and noticing how far down my current CPU is on the totem pole....pretty far down huh.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
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IMO, you're probably better off getting an SB chip as much as it pains me to say this. That is until BD comes out and hopefully tips the scale into it's favour.
........
Please don't take my posts out of context. That was an educated and perfectly valid reply. I was not pimping up Intel in any way, just stating a fact. In fact what does it say in my sig rig? A 955? Unthinkable! I'm obviously such an Intel fanboi.

I also said "as it pains me to say this". AMD had the bang/buck market a few months ago but with the SB chips now out, IMO Intel dominates pretty much every sector of the consumer PC market (except for Bobcat of course which is looking to dominate the low powered/netbook market since it's such a step up from anything the Atom can offer).

EDIT: @CP2:

You may think it's pretty low on the totem pole but what are you comparing that chip against? Those at the top of the totem pole are mainly i7's and Xeon's. Even if you did upgrade to an 1100T you're still pretty low on the totem pole (only offering about 2000 more "points" than the 945). Also are these benchmarks using the 945 at stock or OC'ed. Remember you're sitting at 3.69 right now.

If you just want to "piecemeal" your upgrade and only get a processor then the 955 or an X6 BE will do you fine since you're wanting to OC anyways. If you do decide to go with the X6 then go with the 1090T since you can always just raise the multi and get 3.7 like the 1100T can anyways (saving you like $40).
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I don't see much reason to upgrade here. But if you already made up your mind, I can only give you two suggestions:

1. Wait for Bulldozer.

2. Go for the 1055t. Why? Because you overclock everything. RAM, NB, etc.... With a BE you only make your CPU faster. But with a non-BE, you overclock everything with your CPU, hence, you get even more performance.

Let the NB be an example. A 3.0Ghz CPU with a well overclocked NB will BEAT a 4.0Ghz CPU with a stock NB.
If you're not up for it, buy a 1090t.


But then again, it's your choice. The final decision will come from you
This is good info. I am new to the OC world, so I didn't know there was a different in OCing a BE processor and a non BE processor.
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Please don't take my posts out of context. That was an educated and perfectly valid reply. I was not pimping up Intel in any way, just stating a fact. In fact what does it say in my sig rig? A 955? Unthinkable! I'm obviously such an Intel fanboi.

I also said "as it pains me to say this". AMD had the bang/buck market a few months ago but with the SB chips now out, IMO Intel dominates pretty much every sector of the consumer PC market (except for Bobcat of course which is looking to dominate the low powered/netbook market since it's such a step up from anything the Atom can offer).
At one point in time I was thinking about going Intel SB. But It would only force me to buy extra components this time due to it not supporting my current SATA setup. In order to benefit from SB, I'd have to of course, by new mobo, but thats not it. The kicker is I'd have to replace my hard drives and go 6 GB sata, which at the moment isn't a big priority.
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