Originally Posted by eltocliousus
It's not the worst idea but I really am quite set on AMD right now, I do realize I'm stubborn and I apologize
And there's no doubt the X4 955 will be the best bang/buck for my usage but I'd much rather get the 6100 (knowing it's worse at the minute) or the 1090T just for future's sake, this is mostly for games but a little experimenting and mystery is fun as someone has already said and I'll definitely get use of the 6 cores sooner or later, even though the 6100 isn't a 'true' 6-core.
It seems like you're quite set on AMD, so let me just give you a few benchmarks that show how poorly Bulldozer actually performs, even when compared to AMD's last generation.
Notice that BD's single threaded performance is actually LOWER than Phenom II's. And note just how much worse it is compared to Sandy Bridge.
Even in heavily multithreaded apps, an FX-8150
barely beats an 1100T. So just think of how much worse a FX-6100 would be, even against an 1100T. And even in the modern Cinebench R11.5's Multithreaded Test, an "8-core" FX-8150 barely beats a 2500K (which only has 4 cores and is clocked 300 MHz lower).
Then look at a game benchmark done @ CPU-dependent settings (not GPU-limited settings), and Bulldozer loses here as well:
Now for the nail in the coffin: power consumption. Bulldozer is an absolute power hog, and it doesn't have the performance to back it up:
Btw, if you plan to overclock a Bulldozer chip, be prepared with a GOOD PSU and a GOOD cooling setup:
So here's what I'm trying to say in one simple sentence:
If you must go AMD, get a Thuban!Edited by 996gt2 - 10/24/11 at 1:25am