Originally Posted by robwadeson
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.