With AMD's new Athlon II X4 620 bringing quad-core computing to a $100 price point and Intel's introduction of the new dual-core Pentium E6500, we couldn't help but notice the glut of relatively powerful $100 CPUs. These offerings give gamers a great selection of processors with which to build a no-frills entertainment-oriented platform.
But which CPU is the best? Does cache, cores, or megahertz affect gaming performance in your favorite title? With all of these options, what CPU offers the best gaming value?
These are all questions we see our readers posing in the Best Gaming CPUs for the Money column each month. This time around, we're going to give you lots of data to complement those recommendations.
We benchmarked nine of the most popular games available with four CPU specimens, each of which costs close to the $100 mark: the new Athlon II X4 620, the new dual-core Pentium E6500, the Phenom II X3 710, and the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.
- Which Vendor Sells The Best Budget-Gaming CPU?
- The Contenders: One Athlon II, Two Phenom IIs, And A Pentium Dual-Core
- Test Systems And Benchmark Setup
- Synthetic Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
- Game Benchmarks: Crysis And Far Cry 2
- Game Benchmarks: World In Conflict And H.A.W.X.
- Game Benchmarks: Left 4 Dead And Grand Theft Auto IV
- Game Benchmarks: Resident Evil 5 And Fallout 3
- Game Benchmarks: Prototype
- Game Benchmarks: Game Multitasking And Power Consumption