Athlon vs i5: FIGHT
Hmm... maybe I'll actually upgrade my chip for once without building an entirely new system. Then again, my tests tell me that my GPU is my bottleneck, not my CPU.
And on top of that, one rumor going around says that some of the Athlon IIs are being built on the Deneb core and just have their L3 cache disabled. In other words, they could actually BE a Phenom if that L3 could get re-enabled.
As a note, the Deneb core that these Athlon II X4s might be made from is the Phenom I. So you're basically upgrading from a Geo Metro to a Geo Prism. Fuck yeah?
Fuck yeah indeed... if you're upgrading from a Ford Pinto anyway. Har har har.
Really though, I'm running an Athlon64 X2 5200 right now, the Athlon II X4 would be a solid upgrade. Turning it into a Phenom I would be a very nice upgrade, especially for under 100 bucks. Plus it would free up the X2 to build a 2nd computer once I actually RMA my fried motherboard.