Hmm, first post here in ages. Anyway, I'm getting a new box soon, and I'm torn between an Athlon 64 X2 6400+, or a Phenom (either 9500 or 9600). From what I've seen, the 6400+ outperforms the Phenom by miles on non-multithreaded applications (apps that don't take advantage of multiple cores), but the Phenom outperforms the 6400+ by miles on apps that do. The non-multithreaded apps that I've seen tested are mainly games. I'm not much of a gamer, but I do play a few games every now and then. Most of the time I'm coding and compiling stuff, which, based on what I've seen, should be better on a Phenom because GCC can use multiple cores, but I would like a balance between the 2.
I've also heard that a BIOS fix for the bug in the Phenom absolutely cripples performance. Is this true?
So basically, has anyone here bought a Phenom, and if so what has it been like? Or, does anyone have some good advice about what'd be better for me to get?