Phenom II X4 960T vs i3 2100

ScretHate

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I'm planning to upgrade my CPU on a limited budget. The most I can spend on the CPU is around $130, so I'm looking at the i3-2100 and the Phenom II X4 960T paired with an ~$80 motherboard. So my question is: which will perform better - the stock i3 2100 or the X4 overclocked (hopefully, though it seems pretty common with this chip) to 4GHz?

I'm mainly making this upgrade to play newer games that utilize 4 threads. Witcher 2, BF series, Deus Ex HR, etc.

(I do not live near a microcenter.)
 

MacLeod

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The i3 will outperform anything AMD has to offer in games and in a lot of other benchmarks as well. The i3-2120 is dollar for dollar the best processor on the market right now.
 

Ticker305

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the AMD is better OC'd, but your upgrade options will be much more limited on the AM3. With the 1155, you can always drop a 2500k in there and be good for a while.
 

mzs_biteme

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i3 no contest.....
Not because of the superior performance, whish it will provide in most of scenarios, but becasue of an upgrade path that it offers... Current s1155 CPU's are gonna drop in price once Ivy Bridge comes out, and eBay should be full of 2500 and 2600k's at fraction of their current price...

No brainer...
 

snefan

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I would go with the AMD OC'ed to get more performance for gaming, imo. Here are the stock clock cpu Passmark test results:

AMD Phenom II X4 960T - http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+Phenom+II+X4+960T

Intel i3 2100 x2 - http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i3-2100+@+3.10GHz

passmark is not an accurate benchmarking tool. they mix results from all kinds of hardware setups with all kinds of bottlenecks in their final results

an i3 2100 beats even an X4 OC'd to 980's speeds, and you have an upgrade path that is actually good. they run cooler and quieter aswell.
 
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