im going to build a gaming pc..im in a tight budget..i've seen 2 processors amd phenom x4 980 and amd fx 6100 out of this which processor to select..i know that the fx series has lesser IPC rating when compared to it predecessor phenom 2's but ...when overclocked to its fullest potential will it atleast come on par with phenom x4 980 or is it a total waste of money...im in a very tight budget so im not preferring intel cause the mobo is way costlier compared to amd...thanks in advance this is my first thread and also im not a computer tech so plz bear with me
1- it's not illegal to OC a phenom II x4 so any performance the OC FX-4 catches up to is widened again the OC phenom II x4
2- even OC to 4.2ghz, the FX-4 is only on par or still trailing the phenom II x4 980 at stock
A) the stock Phenom II x4 980 offers 10% better performance in Dirt 3 & HD benchmark then the OC FX-4
B) in cinebench both the stock phenom II x4 980 & OC FX-4 are dead even
i know that 2320 is not an unlocked cpu like the k series. it can still be overclocked to some extent isn't it....
Non-K CPUs can only be overclocked by changing the reference clock (BCLK) from which PCIe and other sensitive clocks are derived, which typically limits overclocks to only 5-10%, which is not enough to make or break a game but can certainly compromise reliability by undermining tolerances on already tight margins.