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Phenom ii x4 965 BE vs FX 8120

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September 21, 2012 11:35:25 AM

Which processor is better for gaming?

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September 21, 2012 12:36:30 PM

fx8210 better than 965BE game and multitasking
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September 21, 2012 12:38:43 PM

8120 is a better route to go now. Overall either will game well.
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September 21, 2012 12:59:38 PM

Phenom ii however is much better value for money, as it actually outperforms the fx in a few areas despite being much cheaper.

All in all, if you're looking for a quick cheap processor that gets the job done for the next one or two years then I would go with the Phenom ii.
For long term investment then I would definitely choose Intel over AMD's FX processors, since their single-core performance is really not up to par.
September 21, 2012 1:09:41 PM

fchdog said:
Phenom ii however is much better value for money, as it actually outperforms the fx in a few areas despite being much cheaper.

All in all, if you're looking for a quick cheap processor that gets the job done for the next one or two years then I would go with the Phenom ii.
For long term investment then I would definitely choose Intel over AMD's FX processors, since their single-core performance is really not up to par.


I realize that intel is suprerior, but I'm on a sort of budget and I'm looking for something to bridge the gap between the 965/i3 2100 and the i5 3450. I had heard that the 965 actually performed better than the 8120 in gaming, so I wanted to make sure that if I went the amd route, I wouldn't be throwing away 50 bucks for the 8120. From the responses, it seems that while I'm not throwing it away, I'm not making the best use of it either.

I guess I'm just experimenting with different potential builds at this point. Either I go with an amd build thats a bit unbalanced (phenom 965 and gtx 670 OR fx 8120 and 7950 OC) or I get a more balanced intel build that would essentially be a dead end eventually since ivy bridge is the end of the 1155 sockets (i5 3470 and 7870 ghz edition)
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September 21, 2012 2:08:58 PM

There is nothing wrong with a FX 8120, it is very versitile in that real world apps it is extremely fast in, while games are hit and miss there is a reason for that, most games are tailored towards Intel and Nvidia but that doesn't mean you won't get good performance.

If you are looking to fit a budget rather stick with a HD 7870 and a FX 8120 you should get solid peformance. Ultimately it is your choice but I know that many seem to think a Bulldozer just is a complete hopeless chip, which is so far from the truth.
September 21, 2012 2:31:08 PM

I would go with the Phenom personally.
Its cheaper and outperforms the FX and doesn't have the multi-thread issues all in all I would say the Phenom is a much more solid chip to go with.
September 21, 2012 3:43:55 PM

i have x4 965 with XFX 7850 it do well in gaming and i play BF3 in some high and ultra i also have 8GB DDR3 if i was you with budget i will go x4
September 21, 2012 3:47:28 PM

wake4x4ptball said:
i have x4 965 with XFX 7850 it do well in gaming and i play BF3 in some high and ultra i also have 8GB DDR3 if i was you with budget i will go x4

??? in BF3 you should be able to play with all the settings set to Ultra w/o AA.

I can play BF3 all Ultra settings @1920x1080 w/ 50+ FPS
September 21, 2012 3:59:25 PM

actually i havent change in video setting and i leave it on default and i will check setting and adjust to see if any different

can you screenshot your video setting of BF3 and PIM me?
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September 21, 2012 4:23:07 PM

Overall you'll not notice any difference in gaming between the two. In few multi-player situations (BF3/MMO instances) the FX will do better but, but if the game isn't optimized for more than two cores the Phenom will probably be a bit faster, but we're just talking about a few FPS give or take between them in most circumstances. That $50 difference between the two would be better spent on a more powerful GPU if gaming is your main concern.
September 21, 2012 5:04:33 PM

wow nice i will try do that tonight and see

thanks
September 21, 2012 5:16:48 PM

your welcome
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