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In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T v2 is massively better than the AMD FX-4300 when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The FX-4300 was released less than a year after the Phenom II X6, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Phenom II X6 has 2 more cores than the FX-4300. 6 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the FX-4300 is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Phenom II X6 has 2 more threads than the FX-4300. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Phenom II X6 and FX-4300 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the FX-4300 has a 1 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the Phenom II X6 is superior.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The FX-4300 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom II X6, but on the other hand, it is the Phenom II X6 that has a 2 MB bigger L3 cache than the FX-4300. The L3 size of the FX-4300 is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Phenom II X6.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the Phenom II X6 and the FX-4300 have the same TDP of 95 Watts, but the FX-4300 has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

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CPU CodenameThubanVishera
MoBo SocketSocket AM3Socket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 May 201023 Oct 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads6vs4
Clock Speed2.8 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.3 GHzvs4 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs95 W
Lithography45 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature71°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size768 KBvs192 KB
L2 Cache Size3072 KBvs4096 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs4 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom II X6 1055T v2 is a high-end processor based on the 45nm Leo architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (6 Logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 3.3GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
FX-4300 is a middle-class CPU based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.8GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.

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