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Which Processor is better for Gaming?

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March 20, 2009 1:02:17 PM

I have my eyes set on the Phenom II x4 810 or the Phenom II x3 720 Which do you think will give me better gaming performance? The x4 has more cores but is a lower speed and L3 cache than the x3. I should note that I really want to go with AM3 to be futureproof and use DDR3, and I mainly use the computer for graphic intense games like Crysis and the new Empire TW.

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March 20, 2009 1:42:01 PM

Go with the 720, and save some dosh. The 720 will be more than enough for gaming, plus with the BE you will get a good overclock on air.
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March 20, 2009 1:50:29 PM


720 has the extra speed for dual optimised games, and the extra core over a dual chip with better clock speed. I hear it's an awesome OCer too!
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March 20, 2009 4:36:47 PM

Thanks guys, from what you say it looks like i'll get the 720. I don't know anything about overclocking though, I guess I could always ask around here about how to do it with that chip. thanks again.
March 20, 2009 4:42:47 PM

+1 to the 720BE.

Get the right 790 mobo with it, and u might unlock a 4th core too. but, that's all a risk.

Either way, it's a great chip for < $150. I replaced a Phenom 9850BE with the PhenomII 720BE and it is OCed to 3.4GHz and runs absolutely stably.
March 20, 2009 8:09:11 PM

The x3 actually has 4 cores but the was talk that it was turned off for sales purposes... like a publicity stunt. But others say it was that AMD wuold find one of there processors to have a defective core on it so they would turn it off. I can't confirm either but the x4 will do better.
March 20, 2009 11:44:55 PM

I should point out that I have no clue on how to overclock and actually I am quite intimidated about trying, with my luck I would fry something. So I will probably keep the Processor at stock speeds.
March 22, 2009 12:24:00 AM

Get the quad core... It'll do far better than a quad core processor with one of the cores turned off (x3.)
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March 23, 2009 9:40:31 AM

mmm the triple will get you higher clocks, much better for current games and when they finally multithread the games, enable that third core.