Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Discussions about AMD Processors and overclocking. Need help with that new AMD CPU or not sure which one to buy? Like to void your warranty? This is the place for you! Please keep the topic on Processors only!
Post Reply
G!n&Ton1c
Legit User
Legit User
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:32 pm

Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by G!n&Ton1c » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:13 pm

As you can see from my sys specs my processor is providing quite the bottle neck at the moment and I'm looking to trade up to a Phenom II. I can't afford an X4 so I was pretty set on the X3 720 but then along came the X2 550 BE with the same 6 MB cache, tons of OC headroom and (seemingly) no difference in gaming performance based on reviews I've read. I'm trying to play COD4 @1920x1080 with max or near max settings.

The X2 550's price point is so attractive and it's a stock 3.1Ghz vs the 720's 2.8GHz.

Can someone kick me a clue as to what's going to serve me best here?
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H
Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 @ 3.6
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm
4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 @ 800mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 260
Windows 7 RC 64-bit

User avatar
Apoptosis
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 33922
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2003 8:45 pm
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Contact:

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by Apoptosis » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:40 pm

Check out this review... Both processors are in the charts - http://www.legitreviews.com/article/981/1/
Find us on Facebook to discover the faces behind the names!
Follow Me on Twitter!

G!n&Ton1c
Legit User
Legit User
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:32 pm

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by G!n&Ton1c » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:29 pm

I guess I'm asking for help interpreting the results because I read the review before I posted and it seemed as though there was a somewhat negligible difference in gaming performance.
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H
Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 @ 3.6
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm
4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 @ 800mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 260
Windows 7 RC 64-bit

User avatar
Apoptosis
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 33922
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2003 8:45 pm
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Contact:

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by Apoptosis » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:39 pm

G!n&Ton1c wrote:I guess I'm asking for help interpreting the results because I read the review before I posted and it seemed as though there was a somewhat negligible difference in gaming performance.
Yeah, the CPU doesn't play a major role in gaming these days as the video card does.

What video card are you using? You really want to build a 'balanced' system these days. Our test system was using a GeForce GTX 295 for the game tests, which is a $500 enthusiast graphics card. If you purchase a sub $150 you will like be GPU limited in the games, so the CPU really won't matter that much. Sounds crazy I know, but it is true.

Image

If you look at this chart it kinda proves the point...

Intel Core i7 975 Processor - $1024
AMD Phenom II X3 720 - $119

On our test system the performance difference between the two processors was less than 10%, but one processor costs nearly 10 times more.
Find us on Facebook to discover the faces behind the names!
Follow Me on Twitter!

G!n&Ton1c
Legit User
Legit User
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:32 pm

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by G!n&Ton1c » Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:33 pm

Yeah, 3 cores just seems better but the price point on the 550 is so attractive.

I've got the GPU in my .sig
EVGA GTX 260, Using precision I've set its core at 740 and the mem at 1180.
VVV
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H
Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 @ 3.6
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm
4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 @ 800mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 260
Windows 7 RC 64-bit

User avatar
Apoptosis
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 33922
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2003 8:45 pm
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Contact:

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by Apoptosis » Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:56 am

What's the best price around on the Phenom II X2 550? I see Newegg has it for $102.99 shipped.
Find us on Facebook to discover the faces behind the names!
Follow Me on Twitter!

G!n&Ton1c
Legit User
Legit User
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:32 pm

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by G!n&Ton1c » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:19 am

Yeah, $102. I went ahead and ordered the 550 from newegg last night. I'm pretty sure it will fit my needs just fine - until I'm ready to invest in a mobo that can handle ddr3.
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H
Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 @ 3.6
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm
4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 @ 800mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 260
Windows 7 RC 64-bit

User avatar
Apoptosis
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 33922
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2003 8:45 pm
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Contact:

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by Apoptosis » Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:22 pm

G!n&Ton1c wrote:Yeah, $102. I went ahead and ordered the 550 from newegg last night. I'm pretty sure it will fit my needs just fine - until I'm ready to invest in a mobo that can handle ddr3.
Good call... I think you'll like it and as you saw from my article is has killer overclocking performance.
Find us on Facebook to discover the faces behind the names!
Follow Me on Twitter!

User avatar
geokilla
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 1048
Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:46 am
Location: Toronto, Canada

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by geokilla » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:05 pm

Try and unlock the two cores when you get your Phenom II X2. If it works, report back. $102 for a Phenom II X4 would be such a hot deal lol
Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.2Ghz @ 1.16V (CPU-Z + LinX)
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H F14 BIOS
ASUS GTX 460 768MB @ 800/1950
Kingston HyperX DDR3 8GB @ DDR-1333
Corsair AX750
Crucial M4 128GB
Western Digital Black 1TB
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO
BenQ E2420HD
---------------------
I AM CANADIAN!

G!n&Ton1c
Legit User
Legit User
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:32 pm

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by G!n&Ton1c » Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:50 pm

Apoptosis wrote:
G!n&Ton1c wrote:Yeah, $102. I went ahead and ordered the 550 from newegg last night. I'm pretty sure it will fit my needs just fine - until I'm ready to invest in a mobo that can handle ddr3.
Good call... I think you'll like it and as you saw from my article is has killer overclocking performance.
Thanks for your help!
geokilla wrote:Try and unlock the two cores when you get your Phenom II X2. If it works, report back. $102 for a Phenom II X4 would be such a hot deal lol
Will do! I'm trying not to get my hopes up....but yeah, that would be pretty freakin' sweet! :)
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H
Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 @ 3.6
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm
4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 @ 800mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 260
Windows 7 RC 64-bit

User avatar
geokilla
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 1048
Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:46 am
Location: Toronto, Canada

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by geokilla » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:35 pm

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/ov ... ocked.html

Some people managed to unlock the two extra cores and it's stable even after overclocking.
Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.2Ghz @ 1.16V (CPU-Z + LinX)
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H F14 BIOS
ASUS GTX 460 768MB @ 800/1950
Kingston HyperX DDR3 8GB @ DDR-1333
Corsair AX750
Crucial M4 128GB
Western Digital Black 1TB
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO
BenQ E2420HD
---------------------
I AM CANADIAN!

G!n&Ton1c
Legit User
Legit User
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:32 pm

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by G!n&Ton1c » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:14 pm

geokilla wrote:http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/ov ... ocked.html

Some people managed to unlock the two extra cores and it's stable even after overclocking.
Sadly, I've just confirmed that my GA-MA78GPM-UD2H is a Revision 1, with SB700, which doesn't feature ACC so it looks like no extra cores for me. It would've been fun but I think the X2 will work just fine for my needs.
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H
Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 @ 3.6
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm
4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 @ 800mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 260
Windows 7 RC 64-bit

shaolin95
Legit Enthusiast
Legit Enthusiast
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:11 pm

Re: Phenom II X3 720 vs Phenom II X2 550

Post by shaolin95 » Sat Jul 11, 2009 2:02 pm

With no extra cores I would go with the 720.
The 550 is intriguing for users that can unlock since some are getting better than 720 Overclocks and 4 cores.
*CPU: i7 920 DO @ 4.1Ghz 1.35v HT On
*CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme
*Mobo: Evga X58 SLI / RAM: 12GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer DDR3 1600 7-7-7-21 1.5v
*Video Cards:eVGA GTX660ti & Gigabyte GTX660ti
*Sound Card: X-Fi Prelude
*PSU: Corsair HX1000W
*Display: Mitusbishi 60" DLP (3D Vision Glory) 3D Glasses!!!
*Case: CoolerMaster HAF X (932 panel) *W7 64Bit Samsung 840 256GB
*Others: Roccat Kone XTD | Roccat Alumic | Logitech G15 |
*Mobile: Galaxy Note 2

Post Reply