What is the best CPU for Multimedia and Gaming?

What is the best CPU for Multimedia and Gaming?

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  1. you should read the FAQ. I'd say AMD, and i think the FAQ agree's with me, but there are more things to consider. Check the FAQ for a lot of good info.
  2. For games the best cpu is Athlon 64 FX. Nothing better than it. But if you dont want to spend much money go for intel P4
  3. the dual core A64 X2 4800+ is todays dominant CPU in terms of performance.
  4. I opted for the Opty 175 which is ~ X2-4400
    I paid $459 at newegg.
  5. If I were you I would save my money on a fx and get a opty 146 cabne and try to reach 3ghz on air... Those cpus will do at LEAST 2.8 which is stock for fx57 and they cost a lil less :) fx57 like 1000 and 146 opty = like $165
  6. AMD Athlon FX-57...that is until January when the much anticipated AMD Athlon FX-60 (it's dual core) comes out...
  7. The FX-60 will not be faster than the FX-57 in games. The FX-60 is clocked 200MHz slower resulting in worse gaming performance on most games except Quake 4 and Call of Duty 2 which I belive are the only current games that are dual core and HT optimized. Dual core and HT drivers help a bit but not enough to overcome the 200MHz disadvantage.

    http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=28152
  8. If you run NIS 2006 and NAV2006 as a service while gaming, the dual core will easily give you a 200mhz advantage, bringing them at least on par if not an edge, but the real difference is look and feel, this is where the dualcore stands above single core, you gotta see and feel the difference!
  9. does opty's comes with s939's?
  10. Opty 1xx series below 150 are single core, and above 150 are dual core.
    I have a 175 which runs a 2x2200 with 2x1meg cache
  11. I know. I was just referring to best possible dedicated gaming processor. The way I do things a standard dual core wouldn't even satisfy my needs. I usually have NAV2006, Zonealarm, and 1 video encoding task going on at all times while I do other things in the foreground. What I'd really want is the 955EE. Then I could NAV 2006, Zonealarm, 2 video encode, 1 audio encode, and play a game at a decent speed. 955EE may be slower in single applications than the X2 4800+ but being able to virus scan, MP3 encode, WME encode, unzip, and still average 77.2fps in Splinter Cell is more useful to me. Sadly $999 is quite an investment even if it can get to 4.26GHz for free.

    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2658&p=7
  12. seems to be a trend, intels use too much juice and run too hot for what you get, so:

    single core sheer speed for gaming
    or dual core for media encoding.

    mind you, with a dual core you can encode media and game at the same time! which is what i do. duals rock.
  13. Well an Opteron 165 costs around $290, and can easily reach 2.6 on air easily making it the equivaland of an XP 5000+ if produced would be the Opteron 185. (word is the 165 hitting 2.8 is common and some hitting 3.0ghz on air making equivalant of a 5800+, and under 300clams)
  14. When it comes to High-end gaming CPU doesn't matter that much. The difference between a 3000+ and a FX-57 will be very small. So if you are a serious gamer it's much better to put the money on a good graphics card.
  15. Quote:
    The difference between a 3000+ and a FX-57 will be very small.

    That might be taking things a little far.
    According to THG's interactive chip comparison The improvement going to an Fx57 from a 3000+ would be about
    fartcry-- 30%
    Doom3-- 15%
    UT 04----45%
    quack3---45%
    wolfenstien- 38%
    That is in fps.
    Some games are still cpu limited, so while I agree with you in principle, it's always better to match the chip and cpu .
  16. Don't get me started on another one of these threads.

    Any AMD dual core. I like Optys because the OC like MAD!!! But for the average user I'd suggest the 3800+, and OC that Like MAD too.

    /thread
  17. just got my opty 165...OC 2.6 on air 40C@load...for 2 days burn in on prime 95...CREAMY DUAL CORE GOODNESS!!!!!!!
    alithough i have a 6.75 12vdc fan going @ 2000rpm pulling out roughly 180cfm 8O ...and its quiet too...
  18. Quote:
    The difference between a 3000+ and a FX-57 will be very small.

    That might be taking things a little far.
    According to THG's interactive chip comparison The improvement going to an Fx57 from a 3000+ would be about
    fartcry-- 30%
    Doom3-- 15%
    UT 04----45%
    quack3---45%
    wolfenstien- 38%
    That is in fps.
    Some games are still cpu limited, so while I agree with you in principle, it's always better to match the chip and cpu .

    No, you are forgetting one important thing. The resolutions at the comparision you are referring to are not the resolutions you play at. At higher resolutions the difference between CPUs disapperar.

    Here are two tests between a Opteron 144 (similar performance as an AMD64 3000+) and a OCed Opteron 144@2.7GHz (similar performance as an FX-57):


    Lower resolution:


    Higher resolution:


    THGs comparison doesn't tell the real story.
  19. I'm forgetting?
    I've never played @ 1600, so maybe I'm not.
    1280 is nice, but as newer games come out, 1024 will do just fine.
    Before my last upgrade I was thinking 800 might be a good idea.
    If I was into dumping $500 a year into new gfx cards, and playing at 1600, then you are right.
    If I just want to play @ reasonable settings, without missing any mortgage payments, I'll continue to buy gfx cards that cost the same as my chip and mobo. It's a good balance for me.
  20. where can i get your info??
    because i need it :)
  21. Quote:
    where can i get your info??
    because i need it :)

    WOW!

    This is why women/children should not be on there internet...THIS THREAD WAS POSTED 4 YEARS AGO!
  22. rewindlabs said:
    WOW!

    This is why women/children should not be on there internet...THIS THREAD WAS POSTED 4 YEARS AGO!


    LOL - far too much of this thread necromancy going on. Some of us suspect that it's because THG has "related posts" on the right-hand-side of the forums if you have that enabled.

    Anyway, fun to read the comments like "CREAMY DUAL CORE GOODNESS!!!!!!! " and "I opted for the Opty 175 which is ~ X2-4400
    I paid $459 at newegg." which sorta dispels the current theory here that AMD never overcharged for their high-end CPUs :)
  23. You're probably right. I've seen interesting-looking things in the 'related content' sidebar, only to find they're five years old, although I've never been guilty of thread necromancy.
  24. Wow, this thread was started in 12-2005!
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