As far as I know the AMD FX series is dual core, they just don't come with a factory clock like regular CPUs.
Also don't get an FX series CPU if you don't plan to overclock because that is just a waste of money.
WHA?? For most I know the multipliers are unlocked
?? -Easily overclockable-
The difference between dual-core Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X2 is not only the amount of memory cache, but also the fact that all Athlon 64 FX CPUs don’t have their clock multiplier locked, enabling you to increase the CPU clock multiplier in order to achieve higher clock rates. On other CPUs you can only overclock them by increasing the CPU HTT clock (sometimes decreasing the clock multiplier at the same time, as this configuration is possible on all AMD64 CPUs).
Yes chips are the same just able to perform better in some areas X-2 media/ FX Gaming. (Hence Dual Core)
I have built off of singles and dual from only AMD. FX series is crazy.
Is your board a Am2. I would recommend 5000+ or more getting up to 2.8. It'll handle games and everything else.
More importantly for AM2 board I can recommend the FX-62 due to its overclocking availablity.
Athlon 64 FX-62 is a dual-core CPU running at 2.8 GHz, achieved by multiplying its 200 MHz base clock by 14. It has two 1 MB L2 memory caches, one for each core.
Even the Quad Core has been reviewed with nice stable overclocks.
Sure its not a Conroe, but hey this thread is AMD.
A Brief History Lesson Jan 06:
The fastest single core AMD processor is still the Athlon 64 FX-57 running at 2.8GHz, which AMD will continue to sell alongside the FX-60. But with the clock speed gap between the 2.6GHz dual core FX-60 and the 2.8GHz single core FX-57 a meager 7.6%, you can effectively go to one CPU and get the best single-threaded and multithreaded performance. Remember that the best applications that scale with clock speed generally give you a 50% return on every 100% increase in clock speed, so in most of the single-threaded cases, the FX-57's performance advantage will be in the 0 - 4% range. But on the flip side, the fact that the FX-60 is a dual core processor will buy it a lot in multithreaded applications.
Sure this was a year ago but I have a FX-60. It still freakin smokes and speaks for itself.. goes 2.8 no prob. Have not done 3 but why??I have a funny feeling some people out there still smoke their lunch.