Thanks for sharing your data. You might find the following site useful if you haven't already seen it:
At this site they do a series of benchmark comparisons between the following processors:
Phenom X4 955be MOBO is ASUS M4A79T deluxe + : 2x2GB OCZ Platinum DDR3 (1600MHz@7-7-7-24)
Athlon X2 4850e MOBO is ASUS M3A78-EM + 2x2GB Corsair XMS2 DHX DDR2 (800MHz@4-4-4-12)
Intel Core 2 Dual E7400 MOBO is ASUS P5Q3 + 2x2GB OCZ Platinum DDR3 (1333MHz@6-6-6-20 & 1066MHz@6-6-6-15)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 MOBO is ASUS P5Q3 + 2x2GB OCZ Platinum DDR3 (1333MHz@6-6-6-20 & 1066MHz@6-6-6-15)
The 955be is run both in stock mode and is OC to I believe 3.8GHz both on air.
In the name of time and space I'll just say the results are very informative. The reviewer comes out and says he only OCed the 955be to this level after a few minutes of tweaking and believes that it obviously has a lot more head room especially if liquid cooling is used.
The one result I found interesting is the Northbridge was OC to 2800MHz without much effort. The other interesting result is that DDR3 really does yield better results than DDR2 with the 955. Its measureable and as important repeatable.
I have not seen any results yet where a knowledgeable person has OC using liquid and a very agressive agenda. It will be very intersting when we finally see some of those results.
I've been planning my build with an AM3 CPU since December and have waited on the release of the 955be because I realized the significance of the DDR3 combo with a true AM3 MOBO/ black edition AM3 quad processor such as the 955.
My build will consist of:
955be + cooling = CoolIT Domino A.L.C. Liquid CPU cooler I will defintely upgrade this to swifttech style cooling later
ASUS M4A79T deluxe
Kingston 2x2GB 1600MHz HyperX memory - I picked this guy based upon the results of a recent DDR3 review by Tom's HW where Kingston OCed the best
GPU = Sapphire Radeon 4870 2X 2GB
Disks = twin Raptor RAID 0 for system disk and 200GB & 300GB PATA 133 drives. I plan to Later add twin Veloci Raptor 300GB drives in another RAID 0 for a newer C:
DVD = legacy 4.7GB for now will add Blu ray RW in near future.
CD = Plextor CDRW+-
Case = Cooler Master ATCS 840 with PSU = Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W
Display = Viewsonic 19 inch 1900x 1200 CRT I'm waiting for organic LED back lit LCDs from Samsung et al to hit the market soon and then will add 24+ incher
Not counting the legacy disks and DVD/CDs and display this system of premium level parts cost $1519 plus about $30 or so in shipping. Try doing that with an Intel machine of the same capability- NOT!
In studying the AMD vs Intel battle I came to the conclusion that as soon as AMD added a DDR3 capable controller and some tweaks to its Phenom line they would become very competitive indeed. What bodes well for the buyers of the new AM3 MOBOs is their BIOS will get better with tweaks and your system will get gains accordingly!