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Originally Posted by srsdude View Post
AMD has more cores, but their cores perform slower if CORES were compared.

Thus, Intel's 4 cores are able to get more performance than a 6-core AMD due to better design/technology/architecture..

Right now, for AMD to even come close to performance of a stock Intel processor you need to overclock the hell out of it

So, a 6-core 3 Ghz Intel performs better than a 6core 3Ghz AMD.
Yep, exactly.
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True you need to overclock the hell out of an AMD CPU to match a stock Intel Processor but that's why you can get a Phenom II X4 for $145 and it's built to be overclocked, unlocked multiplier included. A 955 at 4GHz is a powerful processor in it's own right. I love Intel's power, but I missed not having an unlocked multi on my other CPU. Though... that's my bad for buying a Xeon.
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Originally Posted by srsdude View Post
AMD has more cores, but their cores perform slower if CORES were compared.

Thus, Intel's 4 cores are able to get more performance than a 6-core AMD due to better design/technology/architecture..

Right now, for AMD to even come close to performance of a stock Intel processor you need to overclock the hell out of it

So, a 6-core 3 Ghz Intel performs better than a 6core 3Ghz AMD.
Keep it simple, which should be faster all else being equal:

A CPU that can process 6 simultaneous threads? (AMD)

Or

A CPU that can process 8 simultaneous threads? (Intel i7)

When put like this-it should be obvious. Sure the i7 is a "quadcore' but each core can execute two threads--whereas the AMD can only do 1 thread per core.

BTW guys, Sandybridge will have i7 components too. i7 is not just contained to Nehalem with SB something entirely different. SB is 2nd generation i3/i5/i7, hence the numbering for the new parts.
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For gaming an i7-980X owner said there was hardly any difference between the X6 1090T. He has both.
Sandy Bridge 2600k is number one for gaming now.
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post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by oomalikoo View Post
is the (cpu name) the best processor?
this alone is a very difficult question to answer.
it all depends on your needs.
whether you need more performance out of less cores, you need more cores, or you need better overclockability.
for most of the population here on ocn however, i7's are what fair the best for us.
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