Originally Posted by SpeedyVT
true colors are starting to show on the lame i3s.
moar threads are always better.
The more the games become heavier and using more threads, the more the current FX will get better. The FX fortunately or unfortunately, is a CPU that will give its best, when it will be considered "old". To put it differently. Even if a game is programmed to spread in 8 threads, but it isn't too demanding, so it loads 50% on each core, the result is that an FX 8 core, will perform a bit better than an FX 4 core at 100% load (better due to the more FPUs). Or, an FX 8 core at 75% load, will perform a bit better than an FX 6 core at 100% load. The FX 8 cores, will give their best, when games come out that will be able to load 8 cores at 90-100%. When/if this happens, the situation compared to an i3, will be crushing victory for the FX, just like you see in x264 encoding benchmarks. In other words, it's not enough to load 8 cores. The game must load the 8 cores a LOT, to get the full benefit of the FX. Currently, the i3 performs well, because the current game programming, saturates its resources easier. But if a game today already saturates the i3, it means that tomorrow it has no room left. The opposite holds true for the FX. It isn't saturated today, so it's underperforming. But it has an untouched power pool left for tomorrow.
So, ironic as it may be, the FX 8-core, may actually be a better CPU in 3-5 years from now, than it is today (If the trend to use more threads in games continues).Edited by Undervolter - 5/19/15 at 10:46am