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1100T for Gaming....6 or 4 cores?

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Theoretically whatv would be more beneficial for gaming with an 1100T.

6 cores @ 3.7ghz 3000mhz NB.

or

4 cores @ 4.2ghz 3000mhz NB

I'm gonna do more testing in games...but so far, Linpack reports 20-24 LESS Gflops in the 4 core configuration.
    
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4 cores with. 5ghz higher clock speed would be better for games

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Do both and tell us xD

Some games will utilize all 6 cores, they appear to anyway. BFBC2, BF3..
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I don't think any games need more than 4 cores.
    
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Why not 6 cores at 4.2ghz. From my experiences with a Thuban you do not get better OC's with less cores. Just cooler temps. So if cooling is an issue then I can see only using 4 cores, but other then that no reason.

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Linpack reports 20-24 LESS Gflops in the 4 core configuration.
Linpack results will not translate into gaming results.
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Do both and tell us xD

Some games will utilize all 6 cores, they appear to anyway. BFBC2, BF3..
Getting some VERY strange results over all.

Crysis 2 specifically. When I run Crysis 2 in 6 core configuration, it seems to randomly utilize each core. IE I get spikes to near 90% CPU usage on random cores while playing.

Running as quad core, however....all 4 cores are sitting at a constant 80-90% usage -- all cores being used equally.

This is purely anecdotal...but so far...while my FPS has only increased by about 5 (from the overclock) the game just **FEELS** much smoother when running on 4 cores.

Keep in mind I'm running a SLI configuration as well.
    
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Why not 6 cores at 4.2ghz. From my experiences with a Thuban you do not get better OC's with less cores. Just cooler temps. So if cooling is an issue then I can see only using 4 cores, but other then that no reason. Linpak results wll not translate into gaming results.

Cooling was the problem, yes.

I'm using an all-in-one water loop for the 1st time and, quite frankly, I can't imagine it's much if any better than the stock 1100T cooler.

Disabling 2 cores has literally reduced my temps by 20-25c under load.

I can't run 6 cores @ 4.2ghz without going **WAY** over temp - pushing 70c after just 10 mins of prime95.

I can run 4 cores prime95, indefinitely, and never hit 50c.
    
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Faster quad will be better for the vast majority of games if all you're doing is gaming, however if you're doing something else (say live compression of captured video for live streaming of your game play) then the X6's extra cores can suddenly become very useful.
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Getting some VERY strange results over all.

Crysis 2 specifically. When I run Crysis 2 in 6 core configuration, it seems to randomly utilize each core. IE I get spikes to near 90% CPU usage on random cores while playing.

Running as quad core, however....all 4 cores are sitting at a constant 80-90% usage -- all cores being used equally.

This is purely anecdotal...but so far...while my FPS has only increased by about 5 (from the overclock) the game just **FEELS** much smoother when running on 4 cores.

Keep in mind I'm running a SLI configuration as well.
For sure you are going to get better results at 500mhz higher with 4 cores. My question still remains why not 6 cores at that speed. Your results of 4 cores at 4200mhz and 6 cores at 4200mhz will be about the same. I actually did this test with a Thuban at 6, 4 and 2 cores a while back. But all at same clock speed of course. The 6 and 4 cores were all but identical and 2 cores had a little bit of a fall off.

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Cooling was the problem, yes.
Question answered. Yeah, you will probably enjoy the 4 core at 4200mhz then while gaming and go all 6 cores when doing other stuff. Or get better cooling!!!
Edited by Chuckclc - 10/27/11 at 6:10pm
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I can't run 6 cores any higher than 4.0ghz without my BIOS CPU temp alarm going off.

I have the alarm set to 70c, and it always goes off eventually if I'm running 4.0+ on all 6 cores.


Is there any long term damage possible by running as a quad!?!? IE it seems like 4 cores be used will suffer wear, while 2 unused cores will not.

Will this have any effect on 6 core performance in the future? I'm seriously considering running 4 cores @ 4.2ghz for gaming sessions, and 6 cores at my standard 3.7ghz for day-to-day activity.
    
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