Monday, March 01, 2010

3GHz Quad Core + MB for less than $100

I can't believe this. Bought a Athlon II X3 440 (3GHz Triple Core) and MSI 785G E45 motherboard for less than $100. The motherboard has the built in core unlock feature. Just change the bios setting, and now I have a quad core CPU running at 3GHz, and I haven't overclock this thing yet. The inexpensive yet feature laiden MSI board has a ton of features to overclock the beast.

Only idiots will buy expensive Intel stuff. Geeks never buy on brand like ladies. Why pay $500 for a 2.6 GHz Intel CPU while you can get 3GHz AMD64 for a fraction of the cost? The $400 you saved can buy an ATI 5830 DX11 GPU + a 24 inch LCD monitor for Eyefinity.

Update: Using AMD OverDrive, it was determined that the system can run at 3.5GHz (using stock cooler), to be conservative, I am running it at 3.42GHz right now. see CPU-Z capture.

Update: One reader points out that Intel's Core i7 is better at encoding media. But, with the additional cost, one can buy a ATI GPU which can do encoding 20 times faster.


Blogger Eternal Strife said...

Phenom processors were not as good as the Intel processors at encoding or transcoding.

HOWEVER, I today I would not buy a core2quad, I would get a Phenom II because the higher clock rate makes up for the fact that clock for clock they are slower than Intel. I only ask that you stop being so biased and give credit when it is due.

7:18 PM, March 08, 2010  
Blogger kang tatang said...

i just realize this, how cheap we can get a super machine.. better than we used those fancy brand...

thanks for the info :)

7:34 AM, March 24, 2010  
Blogger Tamaz said...

Eethernal you are wrong. Clock for Clock PhenomII is faster than Core2 Quad ;)

especially in business applications and gaming, if take havy duty tasks, there is no chance for Core2 quad.

2:32 PM, May 28, 2010  
Blogger dark__wave said...

I know this is a very late response to Tamaz, however I am right, and here is the benchmarks to prove it:,2426.html?prod[4413]=on&prod[4443]=on

That is a 3.0 Core2Quad vs. Phenom II @ 3.0. You will see that clock for clock the Core wins in those areas you said the Phenom is better.

I do like that AMDs prices are very good now and would be willing to get a 6x core now that AMD has made them more affordable.

9:06 AM, January 02, 2011  
Blogger Scientia from AMDZone said...

I bought a 785 board and a PII X3 720 Black Edition processor. I did try to unlock the fourth core on mine but it didn't work. To me it was trivial anyway since the unused core would have been much slower than the other three.

Besides, there is no need to cheat. You can get an AMD CPU/motherboard combo today for as little as $119 for X3 tricore and $155 for X4 quad core.

The lowest Intel quad core CPU/motherboard combo is considerably higher at $267.

12:50 AM, May 30, 2011  

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