Quantcast

AMD Phenom II X4 975BE vs X6 1055T

jag1993

Standard Member
Upgrading PC for someone. It has an AM3 board, and the budget allows £120ish for the processor, and I am torn between the 975 black edition and the 1055t hexa-core

The PC is primarily for gaming. My instinct is to get the 1055t, as it has 6 cores, overclocks fairly well, and is more readily available, whereas there a possibility that I can get the 975 from my workplace for around the same price £120 (although now it doesnt seem very likely)

The board isn't especially good (Asus M4a77TD). The plan is to couple one of the Phenoms with a HD 6850.

So which CPU will be most suitable?

Thanks
 

shadowboxer

Member
What's the upgrade from out of interest?

I would personally go with the cheaper 960T and add a decent aftermarket cooler. Should easily overclock to 3.8GHz and with a bit of effort and decent cooling shouldn't be too hard to get it to 4.0GHz. Remember games are still only properley utilizing two cores and a select few can used four but getting a hex-core for gaming isn't going to add much benefit @stock settings over a matched quad-core CPU. With the 975BE and in particular the 980BE your basically paying through the nose for a higher clocked quad core. Remember also the 960T is essentially a hex-core but with two cores disabled, so if your lucky it may even unlock for you!
 

jag1993

Standard Member
Upgrade from athlon ii x3 450


Not bothered bout 6 cores: just want the best possible AM3 cpu for £120. Will be coupled with the Coolermaster 212+ cooler, so I can have a go at overclocking it.


Just considered the 975 and the 1055t because they seem to be the best in that price range.


Thanks
 

jag1993

Standard Member
OK, done some checks and it seems like the 975 will no longer fit in budget.

So now its a question of the Phenom X4 955 (£15 cheaper) against the X6 1055t

Which should I go for?
 

shadowboxer

Member

The Fiend

Novice Member
The 1055T is quite overclockable - I've got one running at nice and stable 3.5GHz with a slight tweak of VCore.
 

jag1993

Standard Member
OK i've ruled out the 1055t: because it falls behind in performance, and I don't need 6 cores.

Its now between the X4 970BE and the 960T
 

AJBek

Well-known Member
If the 960t is a black edition then go for it as it has slightly better overclocking potential and could possibly be unlocked to a 5 or 6 core (no guarantees). The max OC on the 970 is around 4ghz while the 960 could go higher, but an unlocked multiplier is a big help.
 

Similar threads

Top Bottom