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Hi forum,

I currently run the CPU in my sig (955 at 4.0Ghz) but I may be able to acquire a 1055t. Now, I know the 1055t doesn't have an unlocked multiplier, but let's just say I could get it to 4Ghz...

Would it perform better or worse than the 955 at 4Ghz for gaming? If worse, would it perform better if I was able to mate that 4Ghz with say a 3000Mhz NB? Right now my 4Ghz 955 can only get about 2600-2700Mhz on the NB--I understand Thubans can achieve upwards of 3000Mhz.

I understand a stock 955 will outperform a 1055t in gaming, just wanted to know what difference equal clocks and/or a higher NB would do.
    
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post #2 of 39
The Thuban chips are EVER so slightly faster clock for clock. For strictly gaming, you have no reason to ditch your 955.
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955 is better
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post #4 of 39
Thubans are pretty much just Denebs with 2 more cores. The extra cores will give it the slight edge; otherwise they're identical.
 
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post #5 of 39
Phenom II x6 [Thuban] usually overclocks somewhat farther and also has better memory support
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In BC2....Thuban wins, any game that will use the 6 cores will benefit from Thuban.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
The Thuban chips are EVER so slightly faster clock for clock. For strictly gaming, you have no reason to ditch your 955.
If the game does not use the extra cores, I would think it would be ever so slightly worse due to less L3 cache per core?
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x6 for the win..if you can get it to same clock speed for gaming wise...but encoding..x6 will rape the x4.
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post #9 of 39
The x6 is a better chip, but given the core utilization in many games it often doesn't fully live up to it's potential.

With Bulldozer coming out in about 3 months I would keep your x4 and upgrade to bulldozer when its released.
    
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Well if you have 2 chips at same clocks and same builds you should know your answer would be, pretty much the same. Unless the game can take advantage of the 2 extra cores the results should be about the same. Thing is a Thuban has 2 extra cores and is future proof, overclocks better, even the 1055T with locked multiplier, and usually runs cooler. You can always disable the 5th and 6th core as well if you feel you do not need for less power and heat. But you will not want to.
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