That was a real quick delivery. The AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU I bought 2nd hand two days ago came in this morning. And while this CPU is getting close to a decade old design, it's still a very good one IF taken care of. Just look at the Phenom II X6 1090T in my main PC, that thing is already 6 years old and still working perfeclty (and beating the newer ADM FX-6300 series as well ). Oddly enough, the X4 955 is listed as a 125W CPU on the AMD site, while listed as 95W in the MSI CPU support page of the motherboard I'm using But I guess if MSI tells me that the CPU should work fine, all will be okay
Then the performance of the CPU under Linux... Aside from still trying to learn the ropes of Linux and figure out how all works, a testrun with XCOM: Enemy Unknown went so-so.
I know 'so-so' doesn't sound too well, but the problem was not related to the CPU but rather the GPU. Instead of the on-board GPU, I decided to buy a cheap-ass nVidia GT 240 (1Gb) card to have some better performance and be able to play some games. And while the GT 240 isn't a bad card, it's an old one to current standards, and with XCOM requiring something more powerfull (nVidia 600+ series minimum), on 720p and rather low settings the performance was pretty good. I did try to play the game on 1080p, but that was clearly a no-go with 15FPS max
And while at it, I also kept a close eye on the CPU and RAM usage, as well as temperature of the GPU. And honestly, I gotta say that I was somewhat impressed by how well it all ran. The CPU didn't go over 90% while playing XCOM, RAM used didn't exceed 3Gb and the GPU didn't get over 52C, making the test a success. The only thing I might do is add an extra 4Gb of RAM, because a 64-bit operating system running on the 4Gb RAM it has now is generally considered odd...
And while it's tempting to play games on the Linux machine, that's not the reason I have it. I have it for 2 purposes:
I know, lots of thought on the use of that Linux machine, but for now it's just a 'learning experience' only. I don't care if I screw up the configuration and have to reinstall Linux again (already installed it twice now)...
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