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I use to be an AMD fan boy back in the 939 days, then I switched over to loving Intel's chips ever since the E6600, and shortly there after, the Q6600.

Well my rig is starting to get kind of old and Im opining if I should make the leap into the new decade which technically started Jan. 1st 2011 as Im still stuck on a socket 775 and they have upgraded to more pins in the socket and better quad cores.

the 980x last time I checked about a year ago was Intel's 6-core processor as they no longer had plans to develop a 9-series. The starting price of one of these CPU's was $1000.

Meanwhile AMD was coming out with a 6-core processor that was around $300.

Do the extra 2 cores vastly improve CPU scores in 3dmark11, or is it simply future proofing for the day that software writers can utilize a 6-core better?

How much better can an intel 980x be than the AMD 6-core?

What 6-core CPU's have they come out with since I last checked up on it?
post #2 of 23
Intel's 6-cores are much faster than AMD's 6-cores. An AMD 6-core is just a tad slower than most of Intel's quad-cores.
post #3 of 23
I would personally just buy the new sandy bridge i7 2600k for a lot less price but more performance in games/less perf in multithreaded apps but for the price difference a 980x is stupid.

And the amd six cores fit below the intel i7 920/860 processors in terms of performance, especially in gaming.

So I would advise getting either a quad intel(i5 2600k) or quad intel with HT (i7 2600k).
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intel released the i7-970 for around 900 which is a locked multiplier 980x.
Intel also has some hex core xeons available but they are pricey.

The general consensus is that quad i7s are generally around the same power as a 6 core AMD or slightly better depending on the application

You should either look at upgrading to the new 1155 platform, the upcoming AM3+ platform, or Intels upcoming enthusiast 1356 platform
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2600k sandy bridge is the best performance/price cpu today

but you have to overclock of course
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I still am an AMD fanboy but, now have 775 after scoring the free ram and cpu. My main will always be AMD but, my second is intall 775 i just scored a Q6700 unfortunately i can't use cause the mobo dies. I'm not sure if it will be upgraded at all other than maybe a gfx card. i built it as back up along with some legacy things like floppy and ide.

I think with a Q6700 it will still have another 5 years left. might not run the latest future games on high though.
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Intel's 6 core processor will wipe the floor of any current AMD. Clock for clock, Intel's architecture is faster than AMDs. And the 6 cores have HT which makes it a 12 threaded processor. AMDs 6 cores can play well with the i7, but that's it. With bulldozer coming out, I am curious to see how much better the new generation of AMD is. 6 physical cores is still better than 4 cores w/ HT - especially when programs are written for multiple core usage.
   
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post #8 of 23
Intels are faster, that being said

From Newegg:

AMD x6 = 180-270$

Intel x6 = 900-1000$
post #9 of 23
Intel hexacores are much better than AMD's. But does the extra amount of performance justify its $700 extra pricetag. Definitely not.
As most people here, I would recommend a Sandy Bridge upgrade with an i7 2600k. It is the best performance per price value available and you should definitely go for it.
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I've had all three within the past month (1090T, i7 950, 980x) I can tell you that the i7 950 is noticeable faster than the 1090T which is noticeably slower than the 980x in multithreaded applications.
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