AMD Athlon II X3 455: Unlocked hidden Phenom? - Review Philosophy

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For this review we will focus on three areas:

  • Cost of using your old AM2+ components while upgrading to the new AMD Athlon X3 455.
  • Cost of upgrading to the new AM3 motherboard.
  • Performance.

First let's take a look at pricing:

  • AMD Athlon II X3 455 $85.00 USD
  • nVidia GTS 450 $115.00
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 $299.00
  • AM3 Motherboard 800 Chipset $90.00+
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory 1600 MHz $50.00+

Here are a few combinations and prices on the various upgrades available.

Extreme Budget System

AMD Athlon II X3 455

$85.00

Keep Old AM2+ Mobo

$0

Keep Old DDR2 RAM

$0

Keep Old Video Card

$0

Total

$85.00

 

Budget System

AMD Athlon II X3 455

$85.00

MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G

 

$75.00

G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

$50

Onboard Video / Keep Old

$0

Total

$210.00

 

Mainstream System

AMD Athlon II X3 455

$85.00

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX Motherboard

$135.00

G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

$50.00

MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC nVidia GTS 450 Graphics

$115.00

Total

$385.00

 

Enthusiast System

AMD Athlon II X3 455

$85.00

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 Motherboard

 

$230.00

Patriot Viper II 'Sector 5' 8GB DDR3 2000 RAM

$160.00

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB

$299.00

Total

$774.00

 

There are obviously many directions you can take your system, depending on your needs. Fortunately, the AMD AM2+/AM3 platform opens many different roads to take. If your focus is on gaming, a graphics card upgrade, rather than a motherboard/RAM upgrade, is obviously going to do more for what YOU want to do and, in many cases, will be a less expensive option with much more pronounced results. AM2+/AM3 compatibility allows you to upgrade individual components, with each having a pronounced performance improvement. The AMD CPU line offers incredible flexibility and performance, all without breaking your wallet.

 

 

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