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post #1 of 17
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Hey guys

Ive been enjoying the power of an AMD phenom 2 x6 1090t for the last 48 hrs and here are a few observations.

I've had the unique pleasure of upgrding from amd's lowest end X2 240 to their highest end phenom x6 whilst keeping everything else the same. (Changed my psu to antec tpn 650). My config is mentioned in my sig.. These observations apply to both proccys at stock speeds.

1)My Idle ram usage in win7 has gone up from 800mb to 1.2-1.25 gb.. Wonder if its the scheduling and sync overhead for the extra cores?

2)This is related to gaming. As usual I ran the crysis frost bench first and i was shocked! I used to get 20fps avg at enthusiast settings on the x2 and i got 21fps avg on the x6! I started to regret upgrading.. Gameplay was more or less the same.

3)Disappointed. I just randomly started playing a few games to check out how things go.. I was again shocked when i played games like NFS HP,GTA Episodes and black ops! These games started perfoming ULTRA smooth at 50-60 fps with highest settings!! I couldnt believe my eyes! Looks like the bottleneck was finally removed!

4)Pleased with the progress, I played GTA4 and to my surprise it was not as smooth as Episodes from liberty city! (both clients upgraded to latest version)

5) This made me realize that theres been a change in the pc gaming community from about 2008-2009ish! Looks like these games have been optimised for quad cores. (two of my cores were always underused). This is good shift I feel as most ppl wud go for a good processor and a mid range graphics card( non hardcore gamers i mean) And its awesome that ppl can enjoy games at the best settings.

6) Apart from that the processor somehow has made my RAM work better. Windows performance scores have improved and windows load time/ game load times are significantly faster.

Well thats abt it.. Other than the raw power of the x6, I was surprised to find the very obvious shift towards optimised quad core based games. I guess most ppl may know this but still! Just wanted to share my observation. So ppl still stuck with dual cores.. Guess its a nice time to look into upgrades!
    
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Crysis only uses 2 cores so it's to be expected also try Bad Company 2. It was butter smooth with my X6
    
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post #3 of 17
so basically you wasted your money?
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post #4 of 17
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Will try BFBC2...

Dude did u ever read the thing? Im ultra happy with it.. Games that used to run at barely 20-30 fps at medium settings are now running at 50-60 at full hd high settings.. Only older games like crysis which use two cores only show no improvement..
    
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post #5 of 17
The GTA IV sutter is normal (stutters on my rig too) Crysis is only threaded for dual cores ( relies more on the GPUs.

Most new games are Quad-threaded which makes your 6 core an excellent choice because it leaves 2 cores for windows and Anti-virus software to do there background stuff in.

I think the next thing you should upgrade is the GPU.
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post #6 of 17
A wise decision you made switching from Athlon x2 240 and phenom x6 1090t. The difference is more than you think. Phenom line has the cache unlocked, runs faster at stock and provides decent overclocking headroom (grab a $40 Mugen2 and overclock that baby to 4.0ghz then you'll see how fast it really is)

Most of today's games utilize max. 2 cores. Call Duty, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Fallout, Stalker, Colin Mcrae Grid, Dirt 2, NFS,TF2, Left4Dead, Dragon Age...

So my point is that you'll see benefits of your upgrade much later when games are utilize all available CPU cores.
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Yea.. Im gonna upgrade my gpu and get a cpu cooler sometime in the next few months.. Right now Im enjoying how the cpu has unleashed my comps power!
    
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nice. i will be feeling it soon. when my asrock 890gx extreme 3 + 1090 finally comes in
     
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dirt2 and dragon age uses 3-4 cores
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This week I went from a x2 240 to a 9850 black to a Phenom II x2 555 unlocked to a quad and I have notice the same thing. I have been going through the list for the past week

http://www.grandtheftpc.com/2010/03/...zed-games.html

congratulations on the x6
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