Hi, just in the middle of an upgrade wondering if the upgrade to a 1045T from the 980 black edition I have would warrant a performance increase or if the clock speed advantage of the 980 would trump it.
Games I would be playing are Tribes, BF3, WoT, any and all Command and Conquer games, and likely Crysis 2
As part of this upgrade I am getting a GTX670 so eliminating bottlenecks is the theme.
Purely gaming the 980 is best you don't need the extra cores. Saying that a 960T will reach similar OC's (though the deneb will be a smidge better at same clock speeds) and may unlock. 1045T would be a downgrade with its much lower clock speeds for gaming.
If you have a 980 now though you would just be sidegrading with a 960T unless you plan to do non gaming things that can make good use of the extra cores (IF they unlocked). Just OC your 980 take the new CPU cash and get the best cooler you can afford and go for a big OC.
Like I said it will depend on the motherboard. I have a 1045T that came on an HP desktop. The motherboard fried so I replaced it with a Asrock 970 Extreme4 and I was able to get it pretty close to 3.5 GHz. I think it's running at 3.3 Ghz. Of course I had to change the stock cooler with an aftermarket one but it can be done
Since the vast majority of games only use 2 cores, and relative few games in comparison can use 4 cores, buying a 6 core CPU is more or less a waste of money for a game PC. If you use programs for others things like 3D rendering or video encoding that can make use of 6 cores, then that would be a different story.