Originally Posted by Brutuz
Really? Because last I checked, gaming is one of the only
tasks that can benefit from a faster CPU that isn't multi-threaded.
Besides, most games aren't single-threaded...Most are capable of using 2 to 4 cores and often it's not even being capable of doing it that's the problem, it's finding enough of a load to actually put any halfway decent load on them because the fact is, most of the time your going to be GPU limited, watch this change as games start to rapidly increase in visual fidelity with the new consoles, as it is now Crysis 3 would run slightly faster on an FX 8 core than my i5 specifically because C3 can make use of the extra cores. (An i7 is also above the FX, and I'd wager a 3930k would be above a 3770k because it has 2 additional full cores which tend to be quicker than HT threads)
Most of the stuff we do, runs better on a fast Quad than on a fast Hex.
The very limited number of games, or specific tasks like video transcoding (not video editing in general, with trans-coding, being a fraction of the editing time),
or CG rendering (not modeling and texturing and lighting and the whole 9, just the rendering task that is a fraction of the time you invest to setup w/e you are to render),
or image editing and RAW photo export (the process of exporting itself and a handful of multithreaded filters, as most of the filters and tasks in photo editing programs is not multithreaded) etc.
Yes, under these specific situations, a low clocked 8C/16T might surpass the fast Hex, or a 8350 might outpace an i5 or match a i7 quad.
But even more specifically for gaming, the GPUs are much more important. You will almost never see a 50% advantage in performance with a hex over a similarly clocked quad of the same architecture. In most scenarios that you would, you are pushing the GPU end of your configurations in extremes that even the average 3930K or even i7-X CPU owner would not consider "realistic" scenario.
Quad Titans or w/e "not overkill" setup lies in the wet-dream category much more than "real life application".
Ofc ppl own Quad Titans or 780s, just like ppl own Ferraris and Bugattis. But if you have to go to either extreme to prove you point/claim, your point is not strong enough (generally speaking)