Which processor is better

By Feoreos
Apr 8, 2013
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  1. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,419

    Look at the X2 and X4 labeling on the CPU's. The X2 means two cores and the X4 means 4 cores running at the advertised frequency. Aside from that the Athlon 64 is an older architect than Phenom. The two CPU's you linked to uses different socket designs and cannot be used on the same motherboard.

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  2. Feoreos

    Feoreos Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Apparently they made multiple types of the AMD x2 4400+ and I linked the wrong one in that comparison.​
    This would be the correct one, which also uses the AM2 Socket. So I assume I can use the Phenom since I have a motherboard with an AM2 socket.​
    Seeing as they use the same socket, which is better? and how much of a performance difference is there.​
  3. Feoreos

    Feoreos Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Also this is my Motherboard: M2N61-ax


    I'm trying to link a site where it has the description of it, but all the sites I post are listed as spam on these forums so it will not allow me to put them on here.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,419

  5. Feoreos

    Feoreos Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Basically what I saw was that it can fit in the board correctly, but the question was if the Bios would support the phenom or not. From what I read in (http://en.community.dell.com/what-do-I-buy/for_enterprise/f/4516/t/18770978.aspx), it was unsure at the time(2007). I have not looked to see if dell ever sent out and update to allow phenom support since then.

    Assuming I can get it to properly work in my pc, can someone please tell me how much of a performance difference I would notice in gaming.
  6. Feoreos

    Feoreos Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Also, if you guys can find which CPUs the Inspiron 531/531s System BIOS 1.0.13 update supports that would be cool. Dell is annoying and for some reason does not want to release the details of what the Bios updates are for other than saying something like "supports new cpu". Thanks dell.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,419

    I'm guessing you don't have the funds for a new PC. AM2 systems have been antiquated for quite some time. In fact its been a few years since major retail stores have had a large variety of AM2 CPU's.

    Manufacturers such as Dell never really want you to upgrade. They would prefer you purchased a new machine instead. This is why you are having such a hard time finding data for upgrading and reading about limited BIOS which never has an update.

    I can not straight up answer your question from experience, even my knowledge of AMD CPUs is limited.

    My personal recommendation would be to save your money for a new system. Any system today would blow away any upgrade you could possibly get for an AM2 machine. Looking at the CPU support list, even the lowest performing Phenom would out perform the highest supported CPU in that list.

    PassMark - CPU Mark (The benchmark for the highest CPU in the support list scores about 1600)
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
  8. Feoreos

    Feoreos Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ya, not much money on me right now. Though I don't really need a new pc because the games I play are not really all that CPU dependant with the exception of Star wars the old republic. Just figured if it could be done, I would like to use the Phenom for a small performance boost, but looks like that won't happen unless that last bios update supports phenom. Don't think it does though :(


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