What's this processors cons?

By Reckoning
Jun 22, 2010
  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819104021

    For 2 cores at 2.2ghz only $36.
    From what I know AMD does run a bit cheaper but what is it about this processor that makes it so cheap? The only other thing I can think of is the L2 cache.

    I'm running an intel core 2 duo 2.33 ghz with 4mb shared cache and I know the price tag on my processor is much more.
    Putting AMD vs Intel aside.. is it pretty much the cache that really seperates the price?

    In the end I'm building my friend an everyday computer for mostly browsing the net no serious gaming of any sort so this AMD is looking like a sweet grab
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Sempron is the Celeron of AMD. Can't compare it to a core2duo regardless of speed.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,518

    It really isn't just the cache size that separates CPUs, but also what they accomplish per clock cycle. When the C2D was released. the clock speeds were way lower the the Pentium 4s they replaced. Yet the performance increase was enormous, with throughputs exceeding double that of the Pents with less heat as a bonus.

    An AMD single core Sempron is tested in a Techspot CPU roundup; https://www.techspot.com/review/273-budget-cpu-roundup/ but its performance was the worst of the pack. I imagine that a dual core version would provide a dramatic boost in performance.

    IMO, the CPU you're looking at would provide good performance for the tasks you've outlined. With that said, you've only wasted 36 bucks even if it didn't.

    Is your plan to buy it with a mobo as a combo deal from Newegg?
  4. Reckoning

    Reckoning TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 96

    Good point it's only $36 and being it's pretty much just an everyday internet browser I'm thinking it would do the job. To be safe hopefully I can find a mobo that I can just swap for an athlon if needed. And yes I'm sure I will be buying the 2 as a combo to try and save a few bucks.
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