Originally Posted by utnorris
I thought all the reviews were about the FX8150, are there some doing reviews on the FX6100 and FX4100? Just curious if the game changes on the lower end parts, sort of like how the 2500K is a better buy than the 2600K for gaming.
The reason 2500K is "better" is because, for gaming, $100 for hyper threading is not worth it. Without that, the chips are almost the same, making the 2500K a better value. HT gives a SLIGHT disadvantage in some situations, but it can be turned off, but its marginal and nothing to complain about. It does better in select, heavily threaded games but overall the 2500K is a better value for gaming.
BD, on the other hand, has ONLY ONE DIE. 41XX, 61XX, 81XX are ALL THE SAME DIE with modules disabled and different clock speeds. The only thing that MIGHT make a 4100 better than a 6/8 core would be if it could reach higher clocks, but at that point you might as well go with a Phenom II which has higher IPC. And since you were already considering it, you might as well get a 2500K at that point.
There have been talks about people disabling "half" of a module, meaning that it only uses 1 integer core and the FPU. It will be interesting to see the results of that, but it would be hard to recommend getting an 8 core CPU only to neuter it, especially since the 2500K still exists.