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AMD fx 8150 8 cores vs AMD fx 4170 4 cores

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=N82E16819106009
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961
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  1. Right now I have a AMD Athlon II X4 640 and having some problems and would like to upgrade to one of those.
  2. What are you using your computer for? Gaming, 3D rendering, email and net use?
  3. Graphite946 said:
    What are you using your computer for? Gaming, 3D rendering, email and net use?

    Gaming sorry if I didnt state that beforehand
  4. 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=N82E16819106009
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961


    The FX-4170 is better for gaming.

    Click here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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-8120-6100-4100_6.html#sect0

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


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  9. 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-8120-6100-4100_6.html#sect0

    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
  10. Best answer
    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/StarCraftII.png
  11. 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/StarCraftII.png

    yeah thats what I heard but the 4170 seems pretty much the same as the phenom
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. Best answer selected by sallad116.
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