AMD Athlon II X2 / Phenom II X2 And Low-Power CPU Bonanza

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lonewarder

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To Chris Angelini,
If I could steal a minute of your time, man, I need your opinion on something. I currently have a 9950BE that only clocks to 3.0 and I wish to upgrade. I'm not satisfied yet with AMD's quad-core performance enough to buy one-so I'm gonna wait on the next generation.
My question is, would the 550BE (highly overclocked on my 790GX board) leave my current Phenom far behind at 1920x1080 w/AA? I just want to hard-core game for a while and not have to worry about it.
Sorry to bother you, but you are one of the few whose opinions I respect in the PC world. Thanks for your time.
(lonewarder@msn.com)
 

BufferUpchuck

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I agree that both (all) bork their product naming. (auto mfrs do, too.)
eg (classic observation), why did intel give some pd2's higher #s than some c2d's? why prefix the dual's with "E", when quad's prefix is more mnemonic "Q"?
this article suggests amd is bouncing off existing names, scabbing in|on new letters, without considering long or medium-term product spectrum. i foresee support hell, caused by past-future-past-future name confusion. we all recall this with nvidia and ati.
regarding amd targeting "econo" buyers:
cheap end hardware has been berry berry good 4 me. i run lowend stuff for 8+ years. just buy at least halftower case, not the crippled sff shrunken case, and the pc will be decently upgradable (hdd, ram, opticals).
 

luke904

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amd always seems to have better price per performance than intel. the only reason you'd really go with intel is if you want a cpu faster than the 955
 

Eric Lee Elliott

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Call me old or conservative or whatever you wish. I buy only AMD due to Intel spending $millions to stop makers, distributors & retailers from bringing AMD systems to market. Illegal trade practices = me no buy Intel. I write this on a Lenovo Intel on Intel system but will not again buy Intel. Slow or power hungry as AMD laptops may be, that is what I will buy.
 
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