We, like others have made our choice for the CPU and motherboard of the year 2010.
The choice has been made based upon price, compatibility, ease of use as well as raw performance.
Let’s start of with the CPU of 2010:
Our winning CPU differs from what other testers has chosen as their winning CPU. Yes the “Intel i7 980 Extreme” is the ultimate performance CPU. But if you want to go for one of those, it will cost you an arm and a leg just to get one. To be announced a the CPU of the year, it has to be possible to justify the cost, and with the i7 this is just not possible.
Our choice is far cheaper than the i7. It’s an AMD, but it’s not the “x6 1100T black edition”. We like the six core setup a lot, but as this is a fairly new type of CPU the technology of a 6 core CPU has more to prove. The “1100T Black Edition” is a 3.3 ghz 6 core but when the load goes up, it goes into turbo mode and then it’s a 3 core 3.7ghz. Why this is not enough is simple; It’s a x3 at full speed and our CPU choice of the year is a x4 at all times. And with minimal effort it has the same speed as the “1100T Black Edition” in turbo mode, but cost far less. Our choice is the “AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition”! It’s a quad core 3.4 ghz AM3 socket CPU, and since it’s a black edition the possibility are far more compared to the regular one. The thing with “Black Editions” is that it has an unlocked CPU multiplier, so clocking it from 3.4 to 3.7 is a walk in the park. Another reason for choosing this CPU is the price of motherboards and RAM that fit perfectly to it. The price is also way lower compared to the Intel CPU in the same preformance range. Our machine run on the 140W version but we do recommend the 125W version since it has the same performance.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (photo by AMD)
Now for the motherboard of the year:
This might come as a shock but the board of choice this time is a fair bit pricey but after carefull consideration we decided that what it lacks in price you gain in performance so it’s worth the extra buck… Our winner is the Asus Crosshair IV Formula this is a motherboard made by Republic Of Gamers (ROG) for Asus and it has all the extras to make it a high end card and that it is, it supports all the latest AMD prosessors and it has the 890FX chipset and in the words of The guru of 3D This card is the top dog in the 890FX world. Is has USB 3 support and native SATA 6GB support it supports DDR 3 2000mhz ram and has all the built in oveclocking tools you’ll ever need and since ROG has had theyr finger in the game this motherboard supports 6 external temperatur sensors (these have to be bought seperartly) and 4 onboard case fans and it looks the part aswell so it’s a super sweet card throug and throug…
For a closer look please read the review on The guru of 3D‘s homepage.
Asus Crosshair IV Formula (photo by Benchmarkreviews.com)
The Guru of 3D