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post #21 of 25
The 8 core will be pretty much equivalent to a traditional quad core in apps that don't support 8 threads.

I'd go with that.
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I'd say 6 ideally, dedicate how ever many the game can use then have the others dedicated to background programs that require some juice
post #23 of 25
Ok will the 4 core overclock higher than the 8 core? so lets say the 4 core peaks out at 5.3ghz and the 8 core only can hit 4.5ghz. Wouldn't we see a larger performance increase while gaming on the 4 core? I have no idea what each of these chips will top out at thou.....any ideas?
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post #24 of 25
Eight cores is going to be harder to cool than four, how bulldozer overclocks is anyones guess.

Eight should allow some type of power gating, but again we really have no clue where the performance is going to be here, not with the x4 nor with any other version. There are several factors that can only be weighted once official benches are released, nobody knows except the people at AMD.
    
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8 cores imo is a waste for gaming. 6 cores max for future games and epeen, otherwise a tight budget may call for a quad core. 4 cores is just fine, my i7 920 is still kickin @$$ and I can see it still maintaining great performance in the next 2 years or so.
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