Originally Posted by jason387
Originally Posted by Sainesk
In the games that can make use of four cores, at least you'll have two more left over to run anything in the background like fraps, streaming program(s), antivirus and such
I went hexa-core from a similar CPU (Athlon 240) and it was a pretty significant performance increase in most games.
Like around 15fps or so? Thanks to all for replying. As of now i see only the FX6300 as a viable option
It all depends on the game, whether it can take advantage of 6 cores or not, but having two extra cores for handling background tasks is always a good thing. Also, given that the FX-6300 only has 3 floating point units, in games that also rely on the FPU, even if they only take advantage of traditional quad cores, you'll see a considerable boost over the FX-4100, not to mention that the FX-4100 is from the Bulldozer architecture and performs worse in games because of that alone, for Piledriver AMD increased the size of a certain buffer that they found out helps in games, among other improvements, including more power efficiency.
In the end how many fps you gain is dependant on the game and on how much of a bottleneck your current CPU is to your GPU. All I can say in general is that at best the full potential of your GPU will be unleashed, that may be less than 15 fps or much more, it all depends on the game. I remember a few years back when Tom's Hardware benchmarked a few older dual cores like the AMD Athlon X2 3800+ and by overclocking it a bit they unleashed the power of the GPU they were testing it with and the boost was almost double the framerates.Edited by tpi2007 - 5/26/13 at 7:56pm