Posted 27 October 2009 - 10:31 PM
you really cant unlock the fourth core in a triple core, to my knowledge because it is physically disabled. same with an L3 cache. having the L3 cache is nice, and the unlocked multiplier with the x3 can make for bookoo overclocking, the fourch core can be nice. heres the catch though, your software has to be able to support multi core software. In reality, both me and my dad run virtual machines with linux/windows with dual core setups (mine AMD athlon x2 6000+ my dads Athlon x2 7750) without a hitch, or any slow down whatsoever. with virtual machine, a good Dual core or above will do you fine, having lots of memory is probably more important, I would say at least 4 gigs, if not more. as far as the CPU I think Id go with the triple core phenom. it has better architecture, level 3 cache, and an unlocked multiplier. I dont recomend overclocking but its always nice to have the ability to. You cant unlock the fourth core, I believe thats an urban myth, or at very least, extremely difficult to do, but hey its still one more core then most software these days can use. though if you can squeeze out another 30 bucks this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103656
CPU will do you several times better. its a black edition quad with a level 3 cache. dont have to worry about unlocking a fourth core or the like.
Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
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