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G860 or Phenom II x4 965

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May 3, 2013 4:08:39 PM

Hey guys, I was wondering which card was better for gaming and streaming, the Pentium G860 or the Phenom II x4 965?

Or is there another CPU under the price of $100 that outperforms both in gaming and streaming?

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May 3, 2013 4:17:06 PM

The Phenom II x4 will be the strongest choice in the $100 price area.
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May 3, 2013 4:24:22 PM

Stock for stock, the G860 will likely be about as fast as the Phenom and use less power. However, in heavily threaded games/apps, the Phenom will likely be faster. If you decide on the Phenom, get a good board (970,980 or 990 chipset) so you can later upgrade to an FX63xx or FX83xx CPU. Also, the Phenom is easily overclocked to 4.0+Ghz or better (mine was stable at 4.336Ghz). A Phenom 965 at 4+Ghz is performance wise about the same as a lower end Sandy Bridge I5.

The Intel route is basically a dead end. As Haswell chips will be coming out soon but that could also drive prices on Ivy Bridge down (very unlikely as Sandy Bridge held it's prices for several months after IB).
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May 4, 2013 3:14:18 PM

I have also seen alot of people talk about the i3's. Is the i3 2120 better than both these processors in gaming and streaming?
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May 4, 2013 4:38:53 PM

The I3 is a good processor but it is still a dual core. It is basically a G860 with hyperthreading.

In everyday use (web browsing, email, word processing, etc) the I3 will be equal to the 965. Run a heavily threaded game or application and the 965 and FX CPUs will simply walk away from the I3.

If you look at benchmarks for Crysis 3 and newer games / applications, software is finally taking advantage of those extra cores. Also, keep in mind the PS4 and next XBOX will be running 8 core CPUs. Once those ports start coming out I don't believe the I3 will have the horsepower to run them.

Honestly, I would highly recommend spending the extra $45 and getting the FX6350.
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May 5, 2013 3:26:28 AM

ish416 said:
The I3 is a good processor but it is still a dual core. It is basically a G860 with hyperthreading.

In everyday use (web browsing, email, word processing, etc) the I3 will be equal to the 965. Run a heavily threaded game or application and the 965 and FX CPUs will simply walk away from the I3.

If you look at benchmarks for Crysis 3 and newer games / applications, software is finally taking advantage of those extra cores. Also, keep in mind the PS4 and next XBOX will be running 8 core CPUs. Once those ports start coming out I don't believe the I3 will have the horsepower to run them.

Honestly, I would highly recommend spending the extra $45 and getting the FX6350.


Is a FX6300 also good? Because I can't seem to find a 6350 in Holland.
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May 5, 2013 7:58:09 AM

The 6300 is also a really good processor. It's just clocked a little lower but it uses a little less power. You can probably oc it to match the 6350 if you feel that it is necessary.
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May 5, 2013 10:35:14 AM

corbeau said:
The 6300 is also a really good processor. It's just clocked a little lower but it uses a little less power. You can probably oc it to match the 6350 if you feel that it is necessary.


The FX6300 and FX6350 are currently the same price on newegg.

Also, the FX6350 just came out this week. It may take a few weeks to hit the distributors.
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