I havent seen any decent review places try benchmarking with northbridge clock speed increased. It takes no bump in voltage, but performs super fast. I wonder what power draw more it takes. I need one of those kill-a-watt things.
Not to hijack your talk, but: I have a 785G (MSI) and a couple of AMD critties (605E and 740BE) laying around (I'm usually an Intel kid).
Have you (jefecito & leet) any somewhat solid experience in 24/7-overclocking and/or undevolting such those combos? May any effort, in order to have them running appreciably cooler (you know, silence com,s from cold) or, on the contrary, a noticeable more (real world) perfomance be worthwile?
Please take note, my ram isn't bad but neither good (Kingston HyperX 1333 CL9).
Hello and I am sorry for such a late response.
Both those CPUs can be undervolted/underclocked, the 605E's power consumption can be easily dropped by about 15W so stock fan is sufficient for silent operation. The E series is designed to run hotter (about 70C), so this is another advantage, even the old C2 stepping operates very well. This is a good buy
Your RAM is fine, speaking of which I tested different sticks, 6-6-6-20 to 9-9-9-24. The difference is very small, in my opinion not worth it, unless you do FPS gaming at unreal resolutions, heavy photoshop editing and the like. Still, in my opinion, it is better to invest the difference elsewhere (another SSD/HDD drive for example).
Overclocking on stock voltage is worth doing it but not beyond. Performance per watt will really suffer, if you require more performance, buy a better CPU. Period.
Overall, Intel has better/more efficient chips but it is extremely difficult to find the right motherboard/CPU combination that you
like and at a good
price too. Onboard/die graphics can also be an important factor. Depending on how fussy you are and how extensive your required feature set is, though.
If I were you, I'd get rid of the 740BE and keep the 605E instead. Phenom's 2/4 extra performance not worth the extra watts they require. The X6 is the only Phenom worth the trouble until/if newer hexa-core Athlons show up.
In simple tasks, performance per clock, is
the same.. whether it is Sempron 140 or Phenom X6 1090T. Whatever they say, it is +/- 5% difference, this is true for all non-L3-cache-dependant apps, non-overclocked condition. L3 does help when you heavily multi-task though (try benchmark that
The X6 Phenoms are very nice under load... but their idle power consumption is rather disappointing (about 10W higher than 605E), for 24/7 operation they are not the best picks, besides you'd need to spend on an aftermarket heatsink as well to ensure quiet operation under all circumstances. Stock fans get very load under load.
Best value is Sempron unlocked in to X2. Power consumption remains very much the same at idle. Not all can be unlocked tho... I have had two identical processors in the past week and one unlocked, the other didn't.
The "E" series should be well in demand for some time, selling them later? I don't see an issue there. Keep the board though, this is the best/most-efficient 785G board I have tested. Asus really dropped the ball in this sector in the last few years, what a shame.
Hope this helps.