Originally Posted by bencher
An APU beating one of intels top cpu? Are we all living in reality?
Use OpenCL on an A10-6800k in video encoding and it beats a 3960X, both chips stock...HSA and hUMA will also help that, too. Obviously a very niche use but the difference between a top end chip and mid-end chip isn't as great as people believe when even a modern low-end chip is ridiculously fast for most uses. Modded Skyrim typically stays around ~20% average CPU usage and >95% average GPU usage on my PC.
Originally Posted by Dynamo11
Yeah me too, now I'm in a bit of a purgatory because I need to upgrade from my AM2 system, but don't want to go to AM3+ because it's pretty much EOL and I don't want to invest in an FM2 system because it's likely to be sidegrade from my Phenom II
If your Phenom II is at 3.6Ghz or above and a quad or hexacore, anything is likely to be a sidegrade in gaming short of a handful of games...For example my i5 doesn't even hit it's max OC in Skyrim, half the time it's sitting around 3Ghz. (The highest average I've seen was ~23%, most of the time it's around 17%-20% while my GPU is maxed out)
All in all though, I'd wait for more benchmarks to come out before making any decision although I believe a 4670k would still be the faster chip simply because it costs more.
A lot of people here like to make out as though the difference is massive but the fact is, at real world settings you're typically going to be GPU bottlenecked first in 95% of games. (Obviously stuff like Starcraft and Civilization are actually CPU bottlenecked but making it seem as big as some people here do is like trying to say all games will benefit from moving to an SSD because a handful can be bottlenecked by a HDD such as The Sims 3, Skyrim, etc)