Game Benchmarks: Left 4 Dead And Grand Theft Auto IV
These Left 4 Dead results are close, but the Phenom II X3 710 seems to have a slight lead over its competitors, likely due to an optimal balance between threading and raw clock rate.
Grand Theft Auto IV shows better results with more than two CPU cores, but the Phenom II X3 and Athlon II X4 are locked in a dead heat.
OC potential is one of the most important factors in an article like this. If you can, most deff post an update soon.
I would have to agree with some of the poster's above that overclockability is a key factor in this price segment.
Another game that does this really well is Operation Flashpoint 2. Technically speaking, the grapics arent that great. And I notice alot of places where textures and polys arent what they should be for a PC game. But aside from that, the game looks fantastic and runs very smooth even at the highest settings, and it all has to do with art, not technology.