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July 20, 2013 6:05:39 AM

which is better for gaming 6300 or i3 3220?

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July 20, 2013 6:18:42 AM

Tom's most recent review of the best Gaming CPUs for the money put the i3 above the 6300 in performance, but it's pretty close. Being able to handle 6 threads may be more important in next year's games.
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July 20, 2013 6:22:24 AM

I've been looking at both of these processors for my Build, from what I see the Fx 6300 is ahead.

You can eaisly over clock it and it had the extra core's. It's pretty close, but I'm going with the Fx 6300.
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July 20, 2013 6:30:30 AM

From everything I've seen. At stock the i3 is better overall. However, once you overclock the fx-6300 it then becomes the better CPU. I'd recommend the 6300 only for those that will overclock.
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July 20, 2013 6:43:28 AM

it really depends on the games you plan to play, your video card, and if you plan to upgrade any time soon.

In games such as skyrim, blizzard games (WoW, SC, Diablo), guild wars 2, and civ 5 and some older games like crysis you may see an advantage with the i3 depending on your video card. You can narrow that advantage down by OC the FX-6 or if you don't play (or plan to play) those games then the point is moot.

if your video card (depending on the model, the exact game, and monitor resolution) can hold back performance of your CPU or increase performance past the point of being real world noticeable making the whole "which is better" conversation pointless since you would get identical real world performance from both CPUs.

the FX-6 currently upgrades to the FX-8 which for gaming is a minor performance increase. the i3 upgrades to unlocked i5/i7 processors which offer increased gaming performance.

All in all both CPUs are more then capable to perform in modern games so there won't be a wrong choice but moving forward I would give the FX-6 a slight nod over the i3 if the games mentioned above are not going to be played and you don't see any upgrades in the near future.
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July 20, 2013 6:57:38 AM

that link proves my point (stated above) with skyrim. At stock the i3 has a 10% FPS lead over the fx-6 (not a major difference) but once you OC the FX-6 the lead goes away.
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July 20, 2013 7:14:14 AM

dirtyferret said:
that link proves my point (stated above) with skyrim. At stock the i3 has a 10% FPS lead over the fx-6 (not a major difference) but once you OC the FX-6 the lead goes away.


There isn't a whole lot of data to compare an overclocked fx-6300 to an i3 in games, so I linked an example. Like I said, once overclocked the 6300 soars ahead of i3s.
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July 20, 2013 7:45:08 PM

envy14tpe said:
Like I said, once overclocked the 6300 soars ahead of i3s.


Also in power consumption...
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July 21, 2013 7:33:01 AM

envy14tpe said:

Like I said, once overclocked the 6300 soars ahead of i3s.


not really. like you said there is not a lot of i3 vs OC FX-6 data but taking your skyrim chart, the difference between the i3 & stock fx-6 (i3 shows 12% increase) is almost similar to the i3 vs oc FX-6 in FPS (FX-6 shows 14% increase). If the OC FX-6 does "soar" over the i3 then the i3 "soars" over a stock FX-6; and I don't see either soaring over the other. The other issue is the i3 can be slightly bumped up in frequency further closing the OC fx-6 gap between the two.

Like i stated before, I would choose the FX-6 over the i3 but I would not place it in the no-brainer category as both perform well in modern games.



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July 21, 2013 8:28:50 AM

^^At stock the the i3 beats the fx-6300 as I said. You have to buy a special aftermarket cooler to overclock it past the i3. That adds $30 to the price tag. So the fx-6300 is really $120+30=$150. The i3 sells at $130. That's a $20 difference. How much of an advantage is $20 in GPUs? quite a bit.
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July 21, 2013 9:05:58 AM

envy14tpe said:
^^At stock the the i3 beats the fx-6300 as I said. You have to buy a special aftermarket cooler to overclock it past the i3. That adds $30 to the price tag. So the fx-6300 is really $120+30=$150. The i3 sells at $130. That's a $20 difference. How much of an advantage is $20 in GPUs? quite a bit.


Depends on the games too...like BF3 multiplayer and Crysis 3 are clearly an advantage to the FX-6XXX series, as those games can use more cores, and the i3 can't keep up...

This is entirely a "what are you doing with it, cause that will determine the better option" situation.
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