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AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE ... for gaming?

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June 6, 2010 2:25:38 AM

Hi all,
Just wondering, is the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition good for gaming?
I mean what I want is to have the most bang for the least buck. Are tri-core comparable in performance to this quad? has gaming reached a stage where it now makes use of all 4 cores efficiently?

I want to be able to play games that come out next year without OCing.

So whats the verdict?

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June 6, 2010 2:38:50 AM

YEs the 955 is good for a gaming rig.
yes triple cores are all you need currently, as there are not many games that utilize 4 cores much less 6 or 8, but the quads are more future proof than the triples IMO.

If you dont plan on OC you might want to consider the 965 for the extra cpu cycles.
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June 6, 2010 2:53:14 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- The Tri cores are enough for almost 90% of the games that u can find today.
2- With a quad core u get some additional features like more processing power for heavy work and more future proof.
3- The X4 955 is one of the best AMD high end CPU and i'm pretty sure that can handle the future games for at least one or one and a half year
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June 6, 2010 2:53:18 AM

yes it is good for gaming if I wasn't already doing well that is what I would get.
good stock performance for gaming but I do believe it is going to be the graphics card you should focus on.
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June 6, 2010 3:15:14 AM

Do the new games coming out this year make use of all four cores? By when do you think that all 4 cores will be used to run games? i think 2013
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June 6, 2010 3:23:27 AM

Bad Company 2 is a current popular game that loves the quad cores.
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June 6, 2010 3:24:39 AM

depends on the game FSX is old it loves cores
buy that CPU and forget and forget the question
if you are buying new there is no reason to buy a 2 core CPU
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