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December 2, 2011 9:33:45 PM

Hi all,

I have a question: I purchased an AMD FX-6100 for $100 expecting better performance than from my old Phenom 9550. That being said, the consensus is is that performance wise the BD processor is not up to par.

For that price, is it worth keeping or should I just pony up the extra $70 and get a Phenom II X4 980 or an extra $100 and get the X6 1090t.
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December 2, 2011 10:09:52 PM

Depends on what you use your system for and your total budget. Lots of amd quad core cpus will do well gaming; overclocking can be hit or miss, and require a premium power supply. You'll need to figure that into your total budget before you spend more on the cpu.
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December 2, 2011 10:13:43 PM

If you are sticking with AMD, I would go for the X6 1090T, it is a much better processor than the FX-6100.

It, like the FX-6100, should also give you the option of upgrading your CPU to a future BD derivative, if AMD manage to fix the performance issues.
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December 2, 2011 10:23:05 PM

I would get a 1090t and overclock it. It should hit 4Ghz easily. I would be surprised if you hit 4.3Ghz. I believe that the 1100t is the best CPU AMD will release for a good while because they are not focusing on beating Intel anymore.
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December 2, 2011 10:25:57 PM

newegg re-stocked their 1090t's? i thought that was the end once they sold out...?
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December 2, 2011 11:48:31 PM

I would stick with getting the Phenom II X4 since games do not use more than 4 cores; even then the 4th core only provides a minor performance boost.

I would only go with a X6 if you are using programs that can use more than 4 cores or if you runs multiple multi-threaded apps at the same time. For example, playing a game and encoding video at the same time.
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December 3, 2011 1:08:32 AM

I do very, very light gaming. I mainly want something that will play anything i may throw at it game wise.

I upgraded from a Phenom 9550 so I figured for $100 it would be worth it, but the reviews have me wondering...

And again, the question is the extra cost of the 1090t and the 980 worth the difference over the $100 FX-6100?
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December 3, 2011 1:12:35 AM

Okay, you do very light gaming, but do you do anything that is heavily multi-threaded to justify spending an extra $100 for the X6 1090t?
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December 3, 2011 4:52:22 PM

jaguarskx said:
Okay, you do very light gaming, but do you do anything that is heavily multi-threaded to justify spending an extra $100 for the X6 1090t?


Not really. I guess the question then is the $70 extra for the 980 justified?
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December 3, 2011 4:58:12 PM

if you know what you're doing in terms of overclocking, using system bios (if your mb has core unlocking) really the best deal is the 960t. it's only $110 on newegg right now. great chip to play with.
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December 3, 2011 6:24:27 PM

Frizzo said:
if you know what you're doing in terms of overclocking, using system bios (if your mb has core unlocking) really the best deal is the 960t. it's only $110 on newegg right now. great chip to play with.


I don't, hence why I was looking at the possibly the 980 as AMD has done the OCing for me.

But again, it comes down to is the the 980, or even the 960t (if I knew how to OC) worth the extra money over the FX-6100?
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December 3, 2011 6:26:28 PM

bcontoursvt said:
I don't, hence why I was looking at the possibly the 980 as AMD has done the OCing for me.

But again, it comes down to is the the 980, or even the 960t (if I knew how to OC) worth the extra money over the FX-6100?

Yes, the FX-6100 technically has more power to offer, but most things do not use 6 cores, so generally, it will be MUCH slower. Also, the 960t can unlock to a X6 sometimes I believe.
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December 3, 2011 10:04:51 PM

I wouldn't bother changing it out for anything else. If you really wanted a noticeable upgrade from there you should just get a 2500k, but that's getting to be a lot more money.
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December 3, 2011 10:17:01 PM

There would be a good difference. The FX series sucks for gaming. Mostly everything actually.
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December 7, 2011 7:12:38 PM

Just bit the bullet and ordered an i7 2600k, so the FX-6100 is going back.

Can't deny the i7's power... even if it does cost a bit more.
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December 7, 2011 7:18:24 PM

bcontoursvt said:
Just bit the bullet and ordered an i7 2600k, so the FX-6100 is going back.

Can't deny the i7's power... even if it does cost a bit more.

Sounds nice! Hope it runs everything great! Who am I kidding?! Of course it will! ;) 
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