Originally Posted by bomt697
what if I use a aftermarket heatsink with performance fan?
if you're going to OC at all it's recommended that you get a better cooler anyway but it's not just abou keeping temps in check. even among the same model cpu (like a bunch of 955's or 965's), each one is subtly different so if one person hit 4ghz with theirs it doesn't mean it's a guarantee that you will too, even if you're using the same hardware.
just to clear it up though, i'm guessing that matt made a mistake when he said just OC the phenom to make up for 600mhz, since it's the i5 that's lacking the clock speed when comparing it (just the clock speed nothing else) to the 965.
rich had kinda explained it before though, you can't just compare amd vs. intel based purely on clock speeds, doesn't work lile that.