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AMD Phenom II X6 1035T versus Core i7-860 (2.8 GHz

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July 31, 2010 9:11:27 AM

hi , Which cpu is better for gaming? the AMD Phenom II X6 1035T vor Core i7-860 2.8 GHz..(with 5770)
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July 31, 2010 9:29:31 AM

The Core i7 860 will be quite a bit faster...

However, why don't you save yourself $100 & just get the Core i5 750 which has similar gaming performance?
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July 31, 2010 10:17:46 AM

The i7 will be faster but you can overclock the AMD. You won't need a hexacore if your main interest is gaming.
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July 31, 2010 10:25:36 AM

the phenom x6 will be more future proof and more efficient as 6 physical cores are better then hyperthreading, and for gaming it is more the capable of running any game at maximum settings and yes sometimes it is slower than core i5 in games but future games (and some current) uses 6 and 8 core like gta4 and resident evil 5, so it will be better in future than core i5 and will be easy to upgrade without changing the motherboard.
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July 31, 2010 1:46:56 PM

Lmeow said:
The Core i7 860 will be quite a bit faster...

However, why don't you save yourself $100 & just get the Core i5 750 which has similar gaming performance?
+1 for the i5-750.
Otherwise the i7-860.
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July 31, 2010 3:29:29 PM

Since the 1035T should be considerably cheaper when released, if you actually mean the 1035t, than definitely get that if you plan to overclock. If not, then the 1055T is still cheaper, and will give you the performance you need, especially if you plan to overclock. The Phenom II X4 955 is even cheaper again, and it will work for your uses just fine at a higher starting clock, but two less cores.

Unless you are doing some professional applications that benefit heavily from Intel's architecture or are gaming with more than two GPUs, which I strongly advise against anyway, there really is no reason to go with an Intel setup for the money. (i5 750 user here)
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July 31, 2010 3:53:38 PM

AMW1011 said:
Since the 1035T should be considerably cheaper when released, if you actually mean the 1035t, than definitely get that if you plan to overclock.
X6 1035T's have been out a while now and shipping in OEM systems from Dell, Gateway and HP. I haven't seen any 1035T's retail or OEM CPUs slipping into the 'usual places' yet where we could grab them.
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July 31, 2010 4:13:16 PM

Oh, I didn't know. I guess he was talking about an OEM machine, in which case the 860 would be better since the 1035T needs some overclocking to really do its best in gaming.
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July 31, 2010 4:36:50 PM

I'd like to know the overall price for both systems.
If the X6 1035T runs $100~$125 less than the i7 860 I'd feel OK about getting a bit less CPU power and saving that amount if they have the same video card. All 3 CPUs are actually quite good for gaming.

I kind of have a feeling the OEMs might be asking premium prices for the X6 CPUs
(it's got SIX cores - it MUST be better type marketing)
OEM i5 750 / X6 1055T / i7 860 @ NewEgg
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July 31, 2010 4:49:30 PM

Good catch WR2, I never thought of that. The 1035T was never meant to compete with the i7 860.
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July 31, 2010 4:59:59 PM

I'm more of a relaxed gamer so I don't get excited over what is the 'best' when either one will be 'fun'.
Any one of those is nearing a 'kicks butt' rating for an OEM machine.
I'd be happy with a i5 750 & 4GB RAM if it's going to get me a couple extra interesting games for the same price.
July 31, 2010 6:07:28 PM

Aye, thanks AMW, nice rig good components too,

error in my above for the I power , it has the 5850 card..not 5770
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July 31, 2010 6:10:28 PM

What video card did the £849 i7-860 have?
Among the other 2 you linked the x6 1035t/HD 5770 option is clearly superior to the i7-860/GT 330 option. It's the video card that makes the difference.

In Passmark GPU video card benchmark testing the cards got these scores:
GeForce GT 330 = 639
Radeon HD 5770 = 1567

That GTX 460 video card in that system AMW1011 linked is far better option for gaming, together with the i5-750 CPU.
Passmark GPU score: GeForce GTX 460 = 2214
Excellent quality parts too - Gigabyte motherboard, Corsair PSU, Evga video card.
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July 31, 2010 6:12:06 PM

5850 and not the GT 330? Hmmmmm
July 31, 2010 6:35:11 PM

aye, the i power in shop has the 5850
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July 31, 2010 6:59:36 PM

I would still go for the one I listed as the GTX 460 isn't much slower than the 5850, but the one I listed uses much better components and factory overclocks everything.
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