Hmm it does seem quite impressive, but it was solely based upon crossfire capability.
What Im after here is what would be better for gameplay in general as the sli/crossfire will be as a extension to the machines life instead of being used outright
thanks for the help guys. Think im going to go for the E8600 at the moment. It produces excellent results and begs to be over clocked to abour 4.0ghz.... as for the future.... I do see dual cores being outdated, unless the Nehalem release produces something spectacular, but then il be looking at upgrading in a few years.
Grrr zipzoomflyhigh your swaying me Now
I did see it was competing quite well against the I7, but its the 3.0 cores that worry me. even overlcocked your not going to get more then 3.4 out of them. Thing that makes me so apprehensive about quads are their low clock speeds. I know clock speeds isnt everything, but it does add an extra kick.
Also the dual core on firing squad was against the previous phenoms so ok I admit it...votes stil out atm
Uhm... Phenom II 940 is known to overclock easily to 3.4ghz by only increasing the multiplier and a little voltage. Games are starting to utilize 4 cores and the difference would be great compared to a dual core. Plus you could put in a Phenom II AM3 CPU in your current AM2+ motherboard if there is a bios for it so the upgrading path is easier.
I have PII940@3.5ghz at default voltage and stock cooler (the cooler/heatsink is not even warm). Running stable for hours and hours of gaming. Fyi, it is summer here in australia... (I don't turn on Air Conditioning). It was running at 3.6 stable on older bios that not recognize the cpu.
Thanks Ken, will help me rest a little sounder tonight...well apart from the anticipation of it arriving at my door mmm
I'l be running it on a Asus M3A79-T Deluxe, but given the reviews I cant imagine it will prevent me from clocking it up to around 3.5, especially if it keeps snowing here in the UK!
Have made sure I've got plenty of extra wattage spare for the overclocking to begin