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AMD X2 and AMD FX55


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magusbuckley

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Hello:

I'm trying to figure out why the X2 processor is cheaper than the FX-55 chip and much cheaper than the FX-57 chip. Didn't the X2 just come out? I thought it was to be the latest and greatest. To my dismay, I see reviews of people purchasing the new X2 stating that it's the best thing on the market. Ok, great. I can go along with that, but how is it so much cheaper than the slightly older FX chips?

Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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Actually, the X2 processor is not necessarily any 'faster' than an FX. The X2 processors come with 2 cores, but unless the software you're running allows 2 processors to work on separate threads at the same time (called multi-threading), a single application won't run any faster just because 2 cores are available to run it.

If you read this review on Tom's Hardware Guide you'll see where the newest processors stack up in terms of performance relative to each other when they test out the new Fx-57. I think you'll understand the pricing scheme better when you check out the charts.
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Thanks a bunch. The link you provided was very helpful.
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