Which AMD quad processor for £80?

  VNAM75 02:18 09 May 2010

I'm looking to build a new pc with an AMD quad core processor. At the moment I'm considering the X4 630 quad. But there's others at a similiar price such as the x4 9850. Its quite confusing because they're similiarly priced but with differing cpu speeds, L2/L3 cache etc. What is the best CPU I can get for £80?

  chub_tor 09:53 09 May 2010

Not quite the same comparison click here but in the remarks further down it seems that most gamers prefer the x4 630 because it runs cooler, has a smaller die size so is more recent and is faster. It also uses the latest AM3 socket rather than AM2+

  chub_tor 17:05 09 May 2010

I have looked at other comparisons and would confirm what I said in my earlier post. The X4 630 is better value, it is a much newer chip and runs far cooler.

  VNAM75 21:40 09 May 2010

Thanks chub_tor, I will go ahead with buying the x4 630. The only thing that was holding me back was that the 630 does not have L3 cache but I'm only spending £80 and can't expect to have a top end cpu.

  chub_tor 22:06 09 May 2010

click here should be the last page of a very long comparison on processors with and without L3 cache. What I take from it is that the extra power required negates any performance increase.

  VNAM75 16:43 10 May 2010

Thanks for that, very useful.

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