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Which would be better (assuming everything else is the same, e.g. clock speed, etc)

A dual core CPU with 6 mb of L3 cache.
or
A quad core CPU with no L3 cache.
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lol cant decide on the microcenter deal???

i picked the dual core and unlocked it to quad core, although not all do unlock
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you're talking about phenom ii x2 vs. athlon ii x4? athlon ii x4 will win hands down! L3 cache is more beneficial to video transcoding.
    
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Originally Posted by RushMore1205 View Post
lol cant decide on the microcenter deal???

i picked the dual core and unlocked it to quad core, although not all do unlock
if you get the phenom ii x2 than and hope to unlock the cores and being STABLE, you also need a good motherboard with good vrm cooling. So it'll be more costly to go that route.
    
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LOL RushMore.

Yeah. The first one I got was "defective" (wink wink nudge nudge). So I'm going to see if I can get a replacement and I'm either going to replace it exactly with the Phenom II X2 560 BE or the Phenom II X4 840.



For those of you who have yet to guess, I'm trying to get a free replacement because my original didn't unlock
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Not all dual cores are actually disabled quads... not even black box units.
The do make many actual duals and sell them as just that.
    
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The Duke:

Yes. I'm aware of that.
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you're talking about phenom ii x2 vs. athlon ii x4? athlon ii x4 will win hands down! L3 cache is more beneficial to video transcoding.
Actually L3 isn't an extremely huge difference in video transcoding
What it can make a difference in is games.

The Duke: The Phenom II dual cores with L3 are all locked quads. The Athlon II dual cores without L3 are all dual core Regor dies. The correct idea for the Phenom II dual cores is that the cores are locked because the die has slight defects, but AMD can still sell the die with partial cores enabled rather than waste it. Some have no/little defect, but unlocking is a bonus, everyone.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Actually L3 isn't an extremely huge difference in video transcoding
What it can make a difference in is games.

The Duke: The Phenom II dual cores with L3 are all locked quads. The Athlon II dual cores without L3 are all dual core Regor dies. The correct idea for the Phenom II dual cores is that the cores are locked because the die has slight defects, but AMD can still sell the die with partial cores enabled rather than waste it. Some have no/little defect, but unlocking is a bonus, everyone.
I still have not been successful of an unlock on my x3. Still not terribly upset, I got a great price on the chip which will make me not feel so bad when I upgrade.
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