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2.4ghz tri core phenom vs x2 5000+ 2.6 ghz

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January 10, 2009 4:16:48 AM

will i see a much of a difference in gaming running a tri core under xp pro? as i have heard about problems with multi threaded games. i want faster than the 5000+ the 6400+ would be fast enough but its almost double the power consumption.
January 10, 2009 4:27:44 AM

What's wrong with overclocking a Brisbane to 3.1-3.3? The problem with the 2.4 GHz tri core is that it also gobbles up lots of power - I could almost swear the hidden 4th core is drawing power, and you certainly won't find those individual cores to be faster than a 6400+ at gaming.
January 10, 2009 4:38:34 AM

i have the 5000+ installed at the mo, so i dont think the extra money is really worth the extra 20%+ performance with the 6400
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January 10, 2009 6:20:21 AM

Can't really tell without knowing the rest of your system and what games you play. Normally, the graphics card is by far the biggest determinant of your game performance.
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January 10, 2009 6:48:29 AM

I doubt you would see 20% more performance in any app going from a 5000+ to the 6400+.

However I don't have a comparison (handy) to draw my conclusion from. But Toms has cpu charts to see if its worth it.

As far as the tri-cores go, I know there are articles (here or elsewhere, anandtech.com I believe) that prove you will see a performance increase in games vs the dual cores.

There is also a performance gain with the Phenom X2 processor, for 75 bucks that may be your best solution in your price range. Depends on your mobo

Why so concerned about the power usage? the diff between the phenoms and the 5000+ is 30 watts. 65 vs 95W
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January 12, 2009 11:57:55 AM

greemasta said:
i have the 5000+ installed at the mo, so i dont think the extra money is really worth the extra 20%+ performance with the 6400


Wait for like mainstream Sandy bride or something... gains will be like awesome... better value for later!! or overlcok it... either way...
January 12, 2009 12:13:46 PM

I'd look at your GPU over your CPU.
Pick up a lovely 4 series radeon instead and see about upping the clocks on your CPU.

some guy benching a 1950 vs a 4850 Note he has 2GB more ram and a slightly faster CPU.
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January 12, 2009 12:26:31 PM

The GPU will bring up gaming performance more than a CPU ever will.
January 12, 2009 1:48:16 PM

amdfangirl said:
The GPU will bring up gaming performance more than a CPU ever will.



I agree, In games GPU is the most important.
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January 12, 2009 2:32:45 PM

But, always have a decent CPU...

January 12, 2009 2:47:51 PM

I would rate it at decent on the basis that quads are not totally necessary....they are just a luxuary until we start seeing more definitive titles requiring quads. If the next HL needs a Quad....then Quads become essential imo :D 
Its not super slow, and it can handle background on single thread games.
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January 13, 2009 4:17:22 AM

Oh well, I'm still mainly gaming from the bargain bin =P
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