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AMD FX-8320 or Intel Core i5-3470 for Gaming?

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February 1, 2014 10:54:06 AM

I am looking to build a small gaming desktop, but I am unsure which of these processors would be better for gaming. I particularly would like to be able to run Civilization V at full graphics at a stable 60 FPS. At one place I heard that the AMD was good for heavy use, and Intel for lighter. On the CPU benchmarks at Passmark.com, The AMD one scored a 8119, and the Intel one scored 6570. I will pretty much only be using this for gaming, and am planning on buying around a $150-$175 video card. All of this will be in a small case, because i want this to be a small computer.
Here's the link for the case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power consumption is not a problem in my area, and does not matter to me.
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(BTW, What does Single threaded, and multi-threaded even mean?)
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February 1, 2014 10:59:41 AM

Intels are generally stronger in single-threaded performance - apps/games (generally older) that only use 1 thread/core.
AMD's can catch up in multi-threaded performance - apps/games (generally newer) that use multiple threads/cores (4+).

I'd have to recommend intel for pure gaming. I'd get a Haswell (LGA1150) CPU such as the i5 4570 or 4670 though, if they're similarly priced.

I believe Passmark uses all of the cores (most games/apps don't) so that's why the AMD scores higher. In most game benchmarks I'd have to bet that the i5 would win. The majority of games use less than 4 cores, and since intels single-threaded performance is stronger it generally outperforms the 8 weaker cores of the AMD.
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February 1, 2014 11:12:58 AM

spend a little bit more for the unlocked i5 and I'd get that, if you care about bf4 at all I couldn't get 60fps until I overclocked my 3570k with my 7950, so a locked i5 may not be the best. You'd have to overclock the AMD quite a bit to match the i5 overclocked too.
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February 1, 2014 11:21:28 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=702

3470 is better at stock clocks. Single threaded means the games which are not programmed to use more than one core (in this case intel is far ahead), multi thread means the app/games which takes advantage of more than one core. Games use 4 cores max.
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February 1, 2014 11:27:28 AM

Raheel Hasan said:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=702

3470 is better at stock clocks. Single threaded means the games which are not programmed to use more than one core (in this case intel is far ahead), multi thread means the app/games which takes advantage of more than one core. Games use 4 cores max.


Recently many use up to 6, and a few are using up to 8. But generally, 4 is the max you're correct.
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