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3.8 GHz 6-core, or 3.1 GHz 8-core?

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July 24, 2012 2:43:45 AM

Hi, I'm looking at 2 CPU's on newegg. One is a six core at 3.8 GHz, and the other is an 8 core at 3.1 GHz

Link to six-core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Link to eight-core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As you can see, they're both the exact same price. What I'm wondering is, which is faster? I'm not really familiar with what all the specs mean, or how cpu's really work.

Thanks!

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July 24, 2012 2:54:23 AM

Depends on what you'll be using it for. The FX-6200 is slightly newer and performs similarly to the FX-81xx CPUs in gaming. However, I wouldn't go for either. The new "piledriver" cores are getting released soon so I'd wait for those or otherwise go for an Intel chip.
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July 24, 2012 2:55:41 AM

It depends on what you are doing, 3d rendering and editing would benefit from 8core FX8120 but gaming the higher clock of the FX6200 would do better.
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July 24, 2012 2:56:22 AM

I sometimes render out videos but it would mainly be used for gaming
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July 24, 2012 2:59:33 AM

Sounds like you are a candidate for Intel I5 even their slowest I5 2300 will beat any AMD CPU at gaming and close to matching them (8core) in rendering.
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July 24, 2012 3:04:22 AM

Too bad that would also entail me purchasing an Intel motherboard.... I'd rather go amd here but I suppose that could be a possibility. Thanks for the help!
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July 24, 2012 3:22:12 AM

sporkythebold said:
Too bad that would also entail me purchasing an Intel motherboard.... I'd rather go amd here but I suppose that could be a possibility. Thanks for the help!

Well if you have an AMD board already that supports AM3+ you could always wait for the Piledriver release.
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July 24, 2012 4:54:46 AM

sporkythebold said:
I sometimes render out videos but it would mainly be used for gaming



6 or 8 cores can come in handy if you are encoding video and if the codec you use can make use of multiple cores. For example, the x.264 codec can take advantage of 8 core (if I am not mistaken), however, if you encode videos using the older XviD codec then 6 or 8 cores are overkill since XviD can only use one core (despite claims of being multi-threaded).

The vast majority of games only use 2 core. Games capable of using more than 2 cores represents a small fraction of games released every year. BF3 is one of the very few games that can make use of more than just 2 cores; but only in MMO mode.
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July 24, 2012 4:57:45 AM

GTA 4 is an example of a game that does not use two cores, but it can benefit from a quad core CPU. That's basically because the game is so poorly ported from the console version that it basically hogs up nearly all the processing power of 2 CPU cores. Having a quad core means that Windows processes can run off of the 3rd or 4th core so that the plays a little smoother.
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July 24, 2012 5:47:51 AM

Does your board support it?
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