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4 core 3.3GHz or 3 core 3.7GHz Which is best?

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July 29, 2010 9:46:12 PM

I built a PC at the weekend and unlocked an extra core and L3 cache on an Athlon X3 440. With an extra core any voltage increase is unstable so I could only get it to 3.3GHz, if I lock 1 core but keep the L3 cache I can get 3.7GHz, for gaming which would be better and will either be a bottleneck for a Radeon 4890?

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a b K Overclocking
July 29, 2010 10:20:31 PM

3.7 will be better for gaming... most games only utilize dual cores right now so a faster clocked 3core will be better. Neither will bottleneck a 4890 gaming
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July 30, 2010 2:10:41 AM

Toms did some tests some time ago where they ran gaming benchmarks with 1 core, then 2 cores, etc. IIRC they concluded that 3 cores was beneficial but the 4th core didn't help all that much. Also there are still a lot of apps that only use one core. In reading Toms benchmark tests for awhile it seems that video encoding is the main category of apps that really does benefit from 4 cores.
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July 31, 2010 3:33:21 AM

3.7 is better.. but i would keep it at 3.3 just cause the temp.. but hey.. if your processor stays within its temp range and its stable.. why not?
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July 31, 2010 10:35:25 AM

3.7 actually runs slightly cooler on the CPU and alot cooler on the motherboard so I will stick with 3.7GHz 3 core. Thank you all for the replies.