Check this out , here its not that much of a diff.
Imo the 1090 model with a step up in multiplier is a good cpu till bulldozer, if he is a multitasker he will enjoy it. Else go with a cheap 965.
2 fps diff at 1080p. For myself I find tests at lower resolutions worthless ,for me as a gamer anyways ( I don't play at 1024, do you guys?)
Getting a higher end cpu like the 900amd series or 6cores version , will always suffice in games since the gpu does most of the work anyway. I rather buy a 965 or 1090t and save myself around 70€ 965compared to i5 , or 1090t 100€ savings compared to i7. That money saved could go to graphic card.
Only the people with computers as their main hobby and / or have " lots " of cash go for the Intel route , as they sure perform slightly better than AMD. Looking at that graph though its not THAT much of a difference.
Even if Intel maybe around 100% better than AMD on low resolutions like 1280*1024 , if people are truly takers they ignore that graph and watch at least HD resolutions since that is what we usually play on anyways...
Also 1 fps diff at higher resolution 2560, yeah sure Intel " destroys AMD "
If gamers are on a more strict budget go AMD and spend the savings on a nice gpu.
If else,get Intel
I load as fast as my friends Intel 980extreme in games , sometimes his SSD helps out loading 10seconds faster, but using that cpu and SSD I'm more than happy with my AMD coupled with 16gb RAM being able to match his setup
It's up to each and his own , if I had tons of cash I would surely get a new Intel system but sometimes I perhaps have to fix my car , higher electric bill one month and so on comes up so, I'm happy with what my AMD system is giving me ,quad core for around 100€ , lower end 6core for 120-130€.
Coupled with cheaper motherboard ( usually ) AMD is giving players on a budget more than decent performance.
Sorry for this wall of text , but look at that crysis cpu test ,also multithreaded games like battlefield3 and bad company 2 love to have many cores.
Some years ago people stated you don't need more than 1 core.. you don't need more than 1gb of ram for a long time etc etc.. my 3 year old system is still live and kicking due to I went with crossfire 4830 and a quad core, hadn't be for my asus 4830 broke down (powercolor still lives lol) I could have easily used it till next year for bulldozer and the new 7000series from ATI .
In the end , 6 cores is more than 4 I would have bought one , but bulldozer is on its way so.Edited by chrystal - 8/20/11 at 5:00pm