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Amd Thuban Hexacore for gaming builds?

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April 27, 2010 7:39:46 PM

The simple answer is NO.

Do not drop one of these in for a gaming rig.
April 27, 2010 8:10:50 PM

That's not entirely fair. It is better on some games. For the price tho, definitely wait until game dev matures.
April 27, 2010 8:34:05 PM

^ It loses to the i5-750 in ALL games.

And many toher things.
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April 27, 2010 8:40:43 PM

Be careful on what you say...



The Phenom II X6 1090T wins in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 but I do agree with you at this time the i5 750 or II X4 955 are still your best options on a gaming only build.
April 27, 2010 11:01:05 PM

^ MW2 isn't a real game.

Just just poorly coded trash.
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April 27, 2010 11:39:39 PM

One can say the same for Crysis. Even newer and better tech hasn't been able to improve the gaming performance. It has basically been deemed a "benchmark tool" versus a playable game. I'll have to find the chart but the II X6 wins in Bad Company Battlefield2 (or review any post by JennyH in the CPU section today :)  ), which utilizes multiple cores.
April 27, 2010 11:42:09 PM

^ Still, The fact that it fails at 50%+ games scares me.
April 27, 2010 11:49:39 PM

It doesn't "fail." Most games don't utilize all 6 cores, so obviously, it won't be the best. So maybe it the i7's beat it by a few fps, but in reality, nobody really cares too much about those few fps. People freak out because they don't see the difference between the fps in those benchmarks, because it could from 0.5-3 fps.
Sorry if it sounds like I'm raging, I'm not really :p .

But as you can see, Crysis here is an exception. I don't think it'll effect too many people, just the dissatisfaction people will get when they benchmark. I personally never thought of the X6 as a gaming CPU anyways. I think I might get it as I render videos a lot and I use Photoshop also.
April 27, 2010 11:52:14 PM

^ Dude i3/x4 955 beat it down in the dust.
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April 28, 2010 12:04:17 AM

builderbobftw said:
^ Still, The fact that it fails at 50%+ games scares me.

I agree :) 

The whole 890FX platform didn't live up to what I was expecting for AMD's hex-core. And I was ready to jump to the Phenom II X6 for my next build... now, I'm still leaning toward Intel.
April 28, 2010 12:08:22 AM

^ Me to. I'm prolly going for Sandy bridge OR a 930 at micrcenter.
April 28, 2010 12:09:46 AM

Yadumadoda said:
It doesn't "fail." Most games don't utilize all 6 cores, so obviously, it won't be the best. So maybe it the i7's beat it by a few fps, but in reality, nobody really cares too much about those few fps. People freak out because they don't see the difference between the fps in those benchmarks, because it could from 0.5-3 fps.
Sorry if it sounds like I'm raging, I'm not really :p .

But as you can see, Crysis here is an exception. I don't think it'll effect too many people, just the dissatisfaction people will get when they benchmark. I personally never thought of the X6 as a gaming CPU anyways. I think I might get it as I render videos a lot and I use Photoshop also.


When you'r new flagship 300$ loses to a 120$ CPU form your competitor by a massive margin, you have failed eppicaly.
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April 28, 2010 12:12:32 AM

I still love my 149.99 i5 750 ( EOL socket, as some say ) from microcenter. :) 
April 28, 2010 12:16:04 AM

^ Yes Sir.

Intell crusin in ftw.
( At the 120$ and over price range)

(AMD still controlls sub 120 products)
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April 28, 2010 11:37:07 AM





By your logic if your flagship USD $1000++ chip (Gulftown 980X) does not crush your competitor's $75 chip (Rana 435) in games where resolution/settings match the exact reason why u sank $300 on a GPU does that qualify as an epic fail? Toms stated i7 for a gaming rig as "Past the Point of Reason" in its "Best Gaming CPUs for the money" reviews for a reason- a half decent chip (no u dun even need an X4) and as much teeth in the GPU area would get you the best $$/frames period @@ Having built for normal joes out in the streets with somewhat humbler budgets than most, the assumption that we all need super expensive CPUs with 4 x PCIex16 laned mobos just to play games is beyond me :p  Just get an X3, a HD 5770-5850 (hit it where it counts) depending on resolution and an 80+ certified 500-600 watter with active PFC , single GPU set up - game on!

April 28, 2010 8:35:27 PM

^ An i7-930 is a nesscity for dfast setups like tri 480s, or even dual 480s.

And X58 has 32pcie lanes.
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