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So it turns out my mobo (ASRock Deluxe4) is supposed to support AM3+ as of the latest BIOS. Actually, they're marketing it as such. So right now I have a PII 965 and I was going to upgrade to the FX 8170 when it comes out... But Im wondering if I should hold out? I read about the Piledriver series and I believe it will also be AM3+, so should I hold out for that?




All I do is game, but I also enjoy overclocking and Im at 4.2ghz, 1.5375 volts... I feel like Im out of things to do now with this cpu. (mobo wont let me go beyond that voltage)
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no point in trying to go for the 8170 if you are going to overclock since all the 8150 and 70 are the 8120 with a higher multi
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I thought it might have more potential... If that's the case, let me adjust my question:

Should I go for Bulldozer now or wait a while for Piledriver?
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no game uses more then 2 cores. since if you see a quad core cpu never hits 99 to 100% load. so really it depends on what games and what res you will be playing on
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Ah, yes, I should have clarified:


If I want to OC stuff, FX 8120? Or what for the later Piledriver cpus?
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Originally Posted by Grumby21 View Post

no game uses more then 2 cores. since if you see a quad core cpu never hits 99 to 100% load. so really it depends on what games and what res you will be playing on

Plenty of games use more then 2 threads if they are available.
Frostbite 1 engine can use up to 4, Frostbite 2 engine can use up to 16
Unreal engine uses up to 4 and up to 6 with some mods.
Hell even the old source engine has had some mods to use 4.
Im sure there are more but I havnt looked into it beyond that.
So every game build on those engines can and will use more then 2 cores unless programed specifically to be limited to 2.
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If gaming is all you do, wait for Piledriver.
 
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post #8 of 14
they never use more then 2 cores they only offset the load to each core
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post #9 of 14
Disable the odd-numbered cores on an FX-8120, overclock to 4.6 or 4.8 etc., and you'll get a 20% performance gain over a 965 thumb.gif

Wait for Piledriver if you want a fast 8-core.
 
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i'd wait..AMD probably will release something better soon..without hype.Kind of like the phenom2s
You could try one of these zosmas..IMO..a notch better than 965s
Edited by Schmuckley - 1/18/12 at 9:12pm
 
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