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Do you guys think any upcoming games in the next 3 years are gonna require 6 cores to max out?

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October 7, 2013 3:37:24 AM

I'm not sure if i should get a i7 4770k or wait for the 6 cores to get cheaper. A lot of games are at 4 cores now so im worried that in 2 or 3 years, demanding games are gonna require 6 cores.
October 7, 2013 4:02:06 AM

Quite to the contrary of your statement, most games are still playable and utilize dual core processors rather than quad. Plus, an i7 only helps PARTICULARLY in one game, and that is Crysis 3. As of right now, there is not necessarily any substantial evidence that points toward more cores in gaming. The games that most people play are generally moreso GPU dependent over CPU dependent. If it really worries you, get the i7 as hyperthreading can act as if it has 8 cores (4 physical, 4 threads).
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October 7, 2013 7:43:56 AM

BF4 benchmarks have shown up to 7 cores usage.
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October 7, 2013 8:05:16 AM

Intel 6-cores will NEVER be anything but absurdly expensive. If you want 6 cores, get the AMD FX-6300. It's a great gaming CPU.
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October 7, 2013 8:44:55 AM

For about $180 less than a 4770k, you could get an FX 8320, and then use that money towards a better gpu if you are looking to build a complete system.
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October 7, 2013 12:23:57 PM

logainofhades said:
BF4 benchmarks have shown up to 7 cores usage.


I find this to be a little... disturbing. Either you have a bad source or just making this up... There is no way in hell... Let me search...

I honestly can't find anything... care to post your source? :)  I would like to see it for myself! :3
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October 7, 2013 1:48:43 PM

It was in a different thread. BF4 was using all 6 cores of a 3970x plus 1 hyperthread. All 6 cores of an FX 6300 were pretty much maxed out. The 2600k even had fairly high core usage across it 4 cores and hyperthreads. FX 8350 was also highly utilized.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1823222/battle...
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October 7, 2013 3:07:56 PM

Crysis 3, and BF4 currently use 7-8 threads in this generation, there are many already using 4 threads. Things are only going to get more and more threaded as time goes on.

So, to answer your question, yes...there will likely be many games in the next few years that won't hit numbers beyond 60 FPS without 6+ core CPUs.

As a game developer, I can tell you this much:

Any game developed on Frostbite 3, CryEngine 3.5 or Unreal 4 will use at minimum 4 cores, and likely 5-6+ if it's demanding at all.

For example, MechWarrior: Online will tap 4-5 cores on my 8350 up to 70-80% when I play on the weekends. That's an online game too...but it's built on CE 3.5 and it's a very beautiful game.
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October 7, 2013 3:08:20 PM

I find the whole "MOAR CORES" movement ancedotal at best.
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October 7, 2013 4:24:24 PM

logainofhades said:
BF4 benchmarks have shown up to 7 cores usage.


Multiplayer only. I would bet single player only uses 2 cores.
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October 7, 2013 4:30:53 PM

lord hircine said:
I'm not sure if i should get a i7 4770k or wait for the 6 cores to get cheaper. A lot of games are at 4 cores now so im worried that in 2 or 3 years, demanding games are gonna require 6 cores.


So far only BF 4 benefits from Hyper Threading. Technically any game that is based on the Frostbite engine can take advantage of HT as well unless it's a feature that is disabled. However, most games do not benefit from HT so dropping down to an i5-4670k is a more economical solution. The i7-4770k will cover all your bases if you want to splurge a bit.

If you really, really wanna drop a decent amount of cash, then go for thei7-4930k. I don't think it is really necessary, but that's just my opinion. Yes, BF 4 multiplayer will use all 6 cores, but only 1 instance of Hyper Thread. That's a total of 7 threads.

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October 7, 2013 5:06:26 PM

Keep in mind that while there will be games that will use 6-8 cores, i5s will be fine as they have the muscle to just brute force it quad core style. If gaming ever makes an i5 obsolete, you can bet intel will drop prices on 6 core processors and make the i5 a six core, i7 six with HT and extreme i7 an 8 core.

Still we are at the beginning of the multi-threaded era. We will see it used more and more but keep in mind, intel's raw power will be more than enough for the new few years. In the end, it is good news for AMD FX owners and won't really affect intel users. long story short, you can get an i5 or better and be fine for the next 3 years minimum.
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October 8, 2013 9:50:44 AM

ethereal essence said:
Keep in mind that while there will be games that will use 6-8 cores, i5s will be fine as they have the muscle to just brute force it quad core style. If gaming ever makes an i5 obsolete, you can bet intel will drop prices on 6 core processors and make the i5 a six core, i7 six with HT and extreme i7 an 8 core.

Still we are at the beginning of the multi-threaded era. We will see it used more and more but keep in mind, intel's raw power will be more than enough for the new few years. In the end, it is good news for AMD FX owners and won't really affect intel users. long story short, you can get an i5 or better and be fine for the next 3 years minimum.


Keep in mind as well, that there is actually a performance gap between the i5s and i7s in BF4 beta. The 6 core AMD CPUs have lower FPS than the 8 core AMD CPUs as well...
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October 8, 2013 12:02:29 PM

8350rocks said:
ethereal essence said:
Keep in mind that while there will be games that will use 6-8 cores, i5s will be fine as they have the muscle to just brute force it quad core style. If gaming ever makes an i5 obsolete, you can bet intel will drop prices on 6 core processors and make the i5 a six core, i7 six with HT and extreme i7 an 8 core.

Still we are at the beginning of the multi-threaded era. We will see it used more and more but keep in mind, intel's raw power will be more than enough for the new few years. In the end, it is good news for AMD FX owners and won't really affect intel users. long story short, you can get an i5 or better and be fine for the next 3 years minimum.


Keep in mind as well, that there is actually a performance gap between the i5s and i7s in BF4 beta. The 6 core AMD CPUs have lower FPS than the 8 core AMD CPUs as well...


yes, and the beta is still beta. Even still, I'm not quite convinced that games will be unplayable on amd 6 core cpus and intel i5s. I'm hoping that the 8 core amds get some serious love and maybe out perform intel's offerings for a change but I won't be holding my breath.
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