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Will be just as good for Gaming as the x4's and x6's ?


And I herd they will be a BIOS update for those with AM3 boards as long as your board can supply the CPU with enough Voltage

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Will be just as good for Gaming as the x4's and x6's ?


And I herd they will be a BIOS update for those with AM3 boards as long as your board can supply the CPU with enough Voltage

Thanks
Nobody knows, it hasn't been released yet.
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I would hope that Bulldozer would be better at gaming than the PII X4, X6's, they are unfortunately getting destroyed by even lower end Intel Sandy Bridge chips - and only AM3 with black CPU slots will be compatible with bulldozer from everything that I've read on the subject.
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It should indeed be better but...it's not available for any solid reliable numbers for comparison right now.
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Yes it will be better, but... once you get into the high performance CPU range it's the GPU that holds you back.. not the CPU.
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Article from Wikipedia

"Some manufacturers have announced that some of their AM3 motherboards will support AM3+ CPUs, after a simple BIOS upgrade. Mechanical compatibility has been confirmed and it's possible AM3+ CPUs will work in AM3 boards, provided they can supply enough peak current."
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post #7 of 20
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Cool Well if My new motherboard which is on its way I will get the Bulldozer

Im not looking forward to the price either
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Really, CPUs will only give like a 1fps difference in gaming. I would actually say a 2500k is the best gaming CPU, or a 2600k with HT off. That way windows doesn't have to try to even the load out across slow threads.

But your CPU should be fine for gaming, what clocks can you reach? The main thing with BD is that it will have "modules" instead of cores. As I understand, each module is equal to about 1.8 physical cores. So I'm not sure if the game will see a module as a core, and utilize all 4 modules on an x8 BD chip, or only use half of the modules.

But really, if you looking into more gaming performance, checkout another 5850. They might be slightly bottlenecked, and that will be the time to upgrade your CPU, but BD is rumored to be the king at multi-threaded things, like rendering and encoding.
    
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the 8 core BD will have 4 modules .?.

but will that make it better for gaming than a 4 core that can work as 2 modules (not that I know what they do/mean)
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Yea, BD will have it's cores as modules. 1 modules = 1.8 or so cores. So theoretically, if the 8 core (4 module) BD can hit 5Ghz, it will blow SB out of the water, because a Hyperthread is only about 70% of a real core, not to mention inefficient if the application is good at handling multiple threads.

But like I said, if the games see 1 module as 1 core, then you will be effectively gaming on 8 cores, but games might see 1 module as 2 cores, so that you will still only be using 4 cores.

Also, BD is supposedly going to use two integer cores and one floating point core (or maybe it was two floating point and one integer). This is kind of hard to understand, I would suggest looking it up.

EDIT: Think of a module as a house. Then think of people as cores. There are two people in the house. Each module holds around 2 (1.8) cores.
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