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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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or the Phenom II x3 720 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... 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

+1

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.
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