So me and my roommate built new computers for tax return season. He ended up spending around 900 dollars getting a 2500k and sli 460's. I was gonna try to build a system to compete, but decided to go the cheap route and didnt prepare for sli and got the fx4100 processor. After reading on how many people comment on hating them compared to the 2500k I kind of felt disappointed knowing my system wasnt gonna compete. On stock clock setting my idle temps are around 5C on HWMonitor (Ive read that to get true core temps with the FX series with the sensors you need to add around 10C, so idle around 15C) and my TMPIN2 was idle at around 17C (Northbridge temps being on par with the CPU temps). The highest stable clocking I can get for 100% cpu load is 4.6ghz with 1.42v. But it does handle prime95 with all cpu's loaded down. Under 5 minutes of running my core temps were about 34C(44C Actual and 44C on TMPIN2).
Im really surprised with the performance I have. It seems like my processing is faster than my roomies whos 2500k is at 4.7ghz. I also am only running 8gbs of ram, I ordered 16, but got a dead stick so I have to wait for the new one, I also havent ordered a graphics card. Since my roommate has 8gbs of ram, and sli 460, we decided to drop one in my system so we would have fairly well matching platforms. 2500k @ 4.6 with 8gbs ram, and one nvidia 460 scored a 499 on Unigine. My fx4100 @ 4.3 with 8gb ram and one nvidia 460 scored a 466 on Unigine. Im really happy with the system I ordered, soon to have 16gbs of ram and a 560ti.
its a gaming pc. if he gets a higher score in a a gaming benchmark why would you recommend a rendering benchmark, a total app performance benchmark and a benchmark that has nothing to do with real world scenarios, sis is just a bunch of numbers thrown in like WEI