Originally Posted by insyxion
If you can afford go for i5 3570k..
FX 6100 is not true 6 core...
This is rubbish, as the shared integer unit is only a problem on heavily threaded (and synchronous) workloads. The FX line is horrid for bench-marking, video editing, or compiling software, but you don't suffer much for the module architecture in gaming. The Achilles heal of the FX line is the poor IPC and cache speeds. Then again, if you're willing to give them huge amounts of power the FX chips can largely overcome this by overclocking. Of course this also means that you have a PC that doubles as a space heater.
I'm not saying you're incorrect to suggest the 3570K is not a vastly better chip, I'm just really tired of people suggesting that the FX architecture is "hardware hyper-threading" and other such nonsense. It is however, different, less efficient, not as good for gaming, etc. No argument there.
Edit: If you're not planning to overclock (come on, you know you want to
) then stick with then 3450. The 6100 is a very poor chip to run games at stock clocks.Edited by RandomK - 6/30/12 at 2:42am