Originally Posted by Roadkill95
I've been playing with my phenom for a good month now and unfortunately I've a hit wall that I just cannot overclock past. It seems to be a limitation with my mobo ( 990FXA UD3).
Anyways, I'm incredibly bored and I want something new to work with, so I've been looking at the FX6300. I'm kind of afraid to go from a real hex core, with each core having it's own FPUs and L2 caches to the module architecture with shared resources, so in games it'd essentially act like a 3 core ( because game physics use floating point calculations and the CPU has only 3.. right?). Would it be a downgrade from my thuban running at 3.8ghz?
You sir are on the SAME EXACT BOAT AS I AM
. I even have that same motherboard, I can feel your pain....
I have the Phenom II 1045t. I pushed it to it's absolute max. Originally I have the Cooler Master 212, over Christmas I upgraded to an XSPC cooling kit. Needless to say I can't get much more overclocking my chip. It's at 3.8Ghz, won't go much father, although I did sucessfully get it between 4.2-4.6Ghz on turbo with all six cores still running nicely at 3.8Ghz on max load. But I wanted more, I wanted a stable 4.3+ Ghz overclock without the lame turbo
But I agree with the others, I would absolutely NOT recommend upgrading to the 6300. It's hardly any different than then Phenom II. I considered it myself because of the unlocked multipliers on the black edition. Honestly, you're not going to get much of a performance increase even if you went to the 8 core.
The Phenom II x6's already have pretty nice cache, good overclocking capabilities, and good performance-per-core value.
I'm personally saving up for the FX-8350, the flagship of the AMD line:
I recommend it if you got the bucks. I have alot of expenses coming up and I just spend too much on my PC already this past 2-3 months. I haven't tried it but 4Ghz stock speed, 125w TDP, nice 8MB L3 cache for gaming/performance, eight cores, and it's the new Pile driver architecture. I read people were overclocking this thing to 5Ghz on air. If I put that thing on my liquid cooled rig, ah man
Even if you don't go the money, save up for it if you are serious about upgrading. It's worth it. This is a big upgrade over the Phenom II, it's got many good reviews and good feedback.