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AMD fx 8150 8 cores vs AMD fx 4170 4 cores

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March 30, 2012 9:15:14 PM

So I have been looking everywhere and still new to this but was wondering which one was clearly better for gaming. I see that the 4170 has 4.2 Ghz and the 8150 is 3.1 Ghz but it has 8 cores compared to the 4170 which has 4. If someone can give me reasons why which one is better than the other then just saying one is better that would be helpful.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 30, 2012 9:22:06 PM

Right now I have a AMD Athlon II X4 640 and having some problems and would like to upgrade to one of those.
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March 30, 2012 9:27:24 PM

What are you using your computer for? Gaming, 3D rendering, email and net use?
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March 30, 2012 9:33:37 PM

Graphite946 said:
What are you using your computer for? Gaming, 3D rendering, email and net use?

Gaming sorry if I didnt state that beforehand
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March 30, 2012 9:37:30 PM

sallad116 said:
So I have been looking everywhere and still new to this but was wondering which one was clearly better for gaming. I see that the 4170 has 4.2 Ghz and the 8150 is 3.1 Ghz but it has 8 cores compared to the 4170 which has 4. If someone can give me reasons why which one is better than the other then just saying one is better that would be helpful.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The FX-4170 is better for gaming.

Click here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
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March 30, 2012 9:39:23 PM

Blandge said:
The FX-4170 is better for gaming.

Could i have reasons behind it if you could tell me why you came to that decision
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March 30, 2012 9:44:51 PM

sallad116 said:
Could i have reasons behind it if you could tell me why you came to that decision



Check my post, I editted it.

Essentially it's because the 4170 runs at a higher frequency and most games will not use 8 cores. The price difference has a lot to do with it too. You can afford either a better video card or a solid state drive.

I assure you that an SSD will effect your computing experience more than a better CPU.

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March 30, 2012 9:49:23 PM

Blandge said:
Check my post, I editted it.

Essentially it's because the 4170 runs at a higher frequency and most games will not use 8 cores. The price difference has a lot to do with it too. You can afford either a better video card or a solid state drive.

I assure you that an SSD will effect your computing experience more than a better CPU.

Thank you and i already have a gtx 480 1.5 gb but on starcraft with my crappy processor my fps isnt to hot so is the 4170 still the better choice?
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March 30, 2012 9:51:46 PM

You are not going to see much of a difference since most games use only 2 cores. There are a relatively small numbers games that can use 3 or 4 cores compared to 2 cores. Also the FX-8150 is clocked at 3.6GHz, the FX-8120 is clocked at 3.1GHz.

See following link for CPU performance in games, the FX-4170 isn't included since it came out after the review was written. The FX-4170 should have slightly higher benchmarks than the FX-4100.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-fx-812...

Between the two AMD CPUs, I would get the FX-4170 for gaming.


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March 30, 2012 9:54:53 PM

jaguarskx said:
You are not going to see much of a difference since most games use only 2 cores. There are a relatively small numbers games that can use 3 or 4 cores compared to 2 cores. Also the FX-8150 is clocked at 3.6GHz, the FX-8120 is clocked at 3.1GHz.

See following link for CPU performance in games, the FX-4170 isn't included since it came out after the review was written. The FX-4170 should have slightly higher benchmarks than the FX-4170.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-fx-812...

Between the two AMD CPUs, I would get the FX-4170 for gaming.

theres a couple of spots that dont really make sense the fx 4170 is better than the fx 4170
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March 30, 2012 9:57:28 PM

sallad116 said:
Thank you and i already have a gtx 480 1.5 gb but on starcraft with my crappy processor my fps isnt to hot so is the 4170 still the better choice?


Starcraft 2 is a very CPU dependent game, and it runs MUCH better on Intel or Phenom CPUs.

That being said, the 4170 will run much beter than 8150 on Starcraft 2.

See here: http://media.bestofmicro.com/G/P/324601/original/StarCr...
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March 30, 2012 10:05:03 PM

Blandge said:
Starcraft 2 is a very CPU dependent game, and it runs MUCH better on Intel or Phenom CPUs.

That being said, the 4170 will run much beter than 8150 on Starcraft 2.

See here: http://media.bestofmicro.com/G/P/324601/original/StarCr...

yeah thats what I heard but the 4170 seems pretty much the same as the phenom
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March 30, 2012 10:17:18 PM

Best idea skip looking at the AMD's and get an i5 (sandy bridge, maybe i5-2400 is you don't want to overclock). If you have to upgrade your motherboard anyways that is the best option.
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March 30, 2012 10:20:23 PM

andrewcarr said:
Best idea skip looking at the AMD's and get an i5 (sandy bridge, maybe i5-2400 is you don't want to overclock). If you have to upgrade your motherboard anyways that is the best option.

I thought that over but I dont feel like upgrading to a new mobo just yet
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March 30, 2012 10:20:32 PM

sallad116 said:
yeah thats what I heard but the 4170 seems pretty much the same as the phenom


Just get the 4170 if you prefer bulldozer. You probably will not be disappointed with it.
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March 30, 2012 10:24:10 PM

Blandge said:
Just get the 4170 if you prefer bulldozer. You probably will not be disappointed with it.

So far that seems like the best option at this time and its cheap to so thanks for all the comments it was very helpful
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March 30, 2012 10:24:35 PM

Best answer selected by sallad116.
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