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AMD Phenom II x6 1090t or Intel Core i5 2400?

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March 7, 2011 7:50:38 PM

Well, being about at the same price point, i wanted to see which processsor was better....
The core i5 is a locked processor with 4 cores running at 3.1 ghz
more info here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and then the phenom x6 is an unlocked processor with 6 cores running at 3.2 ghz
more info here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so in all i'm going to be doing some gaming playing starcraft 2 and maybe some crysis and i want to see which processor is better? i heard intel has higher quality than amd. and i was wondering if i need a 6 core would be overkill for those games. lastly i'm running the system with 4gbs of ram clocked at 1600, and a gtx 460 768mb card
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March 7, 2011 7:55:16 PM

6-core is "overkill" for any gamer, Intel's Sandy-Bridge i5 processors are much better. Try and save another $30 and get the i5-2500K or $10 and go for the i5-2500 (non-overclocking version).
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March 9, 2011 6:03:07 AM

i5 2400 will crush x6.
March 9, 2011 7:34:49 AM

SB I5 > PH2x6 in pritty much every aspect. Especially gaming. And the 2500k is the best choice as its got the most potential.
March 9, 2011 7:35:01 AM

SB I5 > PH2x6 in pritty much every aspect. Especially gaming. And the 2500k is the best choice as its got the most potential.
March 9, 2011 7:36:04 AM

SB I5 > PH2x6 in pritty much every aspect. Especially gaming. And the 2500k is the best choice as its got the most potential.
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March 9, 2011 7:56:59 AM

There are only a couple games that benefit from more than 4 cores, and the benefit is no where near significant.

4 faster cores > 6 slower cores

Not to mention... its 32nm... Sandy Bridge... Easy choice for a gamer.


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OP what resolution do you play at? At 1080p you won't see a performance difference between the two. I like to see anyone show me a cpu bench where one cpu crushes another at a high resolution.


Check out 5870 crossfire or better and you'll see significant differences (not many reviews out there) between K10 and i-core CPUs. Of course there are games that are very GPU bound or AMD favored, but the majority follow this (from what I've seen).
March 9, 2011 11:53:15 AM

SB I5 > PH2x6 in pritty much every aspect. Especially gaming. And the 2500k is the best choice as its got the most potential.
March 11, 2011 1:53:33 AM

There are some things you have to ask your self, first being am I going to overclock. Second being am I going to be do anything else besides gaming that is cpu heavy. I would say get the intel core i5 because it is a 32nm processor and it is easier to find a board that supports Nivdia. Although it is only four cores they are strong.
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