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Which CPU is better for Maya and 3DStudioMax between these two: Athlon II X4 640 or Phenom II X2 555 BE ?
2 core or L3 cache?
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The Athlon generaly gives about 5% more performance on per-core basis. Considering it's a Quad, vs a Dual Phenom, and half the price too, I'd say the Athlon.

I'll take that one back. The Phenom is 3.2Ghz, the Ath is 3.0Ghz.
The Ath is Propus, not Regor, that got me confused.
Ath is 95W TDP, Phenom is 80W.
Phenom can unlock to x3 or x4.
Get Phenom.
Edited by ronnin426850 - 2/23/11 at 9:08am
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but if i can`t unlock it will be better then athlon?
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well it really depends, phenom will perform better at games etc but atlon has more cores so will be snappier. the athlon will do things like playing highly threaded applications far better. there's the chance you can unlock, a X2 565 is more likely to unlock so id go with that biggrin.gif
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For 3D rendering the more cores the better. Get the athlon
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I know many of the 620's can unlock the L3 cache. The propus chips clock decently as well. I'd honesty suggest the 640 in this case as you have a chance of unlocking L3 cache but you're guaranteed 4 cores with a potential increase in efficiency whereas on the Phenom II you're guaranteed the efficiency but not the cores. They both overclock fairly well.
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For 3D rendering the more cores the better. Get the athlon

This. If you don't want to risk unlocking the Phenom, go for the Ath. Otherwise this particluar unlocked Ph is better. Far.
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i will use it for 3d rendering and play some nfs biggrin.gif, if i dont find any X2 555 unlocked i will buy an x4 640...btw how much i can overclock an x4 640 and still be stable?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by striffe;12496317 
i will use it for 3d rendering and play some nfs biggrin.gif, if i dont find any X2 555 unlocked i will buy an x4 640...btw how much i can overclock an x4 640 and still be stable?

You can't "find" unlocked Phenom, have to do it on your own. Most new Mobos have the unlocker in BIOS. x4 640 should reach about 3.7.. maybe..?

EDIT: 3.7Ghz.
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Quote:
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i will use it for 3d rendering and play some nfs biggrin.gif, if i dont find any X2 555 unlocked i will buy an x4 640...btw how much i can overclock an x4 640 and still be stable?

Really varies from chip to chip but you should be able to see 3.4-3.5+ without an expensive heatsink. Also, which motherboard are you pairing this with?
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