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Awaiting part 2: fair bench, clock per clock.
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Obviously the i7 will lose 200mhz slower.
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Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared;12424042 
This was why I bought a i5 to start with and dropped my AMD x6.

Most games are still going to run as good on a dual core, however newer games are going to take advantage of quad cores and be faster on them.

I may wait to see some pricing options once Bulldozer is released before I replace my i5-2500k setup.

Another thing that weighs on my mind is how long before 6 or 8 cores becomes to new quad core... In that most games just just as good on a quad, but newer games start to love x6 and x8 chips.

Edit: It will happen, there is no question... The question is will it happen before Haswell, or another chip design when I'm ready to upgrade from my 2011 purchase.
TBH I don't see it happening anytime soon. I mean quad cores have been available for 4+ years now, and we're just now starting to see a few titles optimized for them. Considering the gaming industry's move from PC exclusives to more and more console ports, PC hardware in general seems to be outpacing gaming software, minus a handful of titles like Metro (maybe Crysis 2?).

We're still pretty far from Quad cores being the gaming standard, so unless there's some massive upswing in PC game development, I don't think we'll see 6/8 core optimized games in large numbers for several years.
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lol the i7's HT won't really come into play, sorry. Also Crysis is dual threaded, the i7 won't really have an advantage there either.

There are only a handful of games that use more than 4 cores, and almost all of them only use the extra cores for loading.

The i7 is ahead of its time for gaming, it was never the best choice for price vs performance.
    
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I'd like to see Heaven 2.1 and AvP benches. Would be interesting.
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A Crysis CPU benchmark would prove interesting as well.
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I've seen a lot of different reviews saying a lot of different things but I'd rather have 4 cores than 2, who wouldn't.
What games fully use 4 or more cores? Bad Company 2 is one.
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Originally Posted by Ding Chavez;12425592 
I've seen a lot of different reviews saying a lot of different things but I'd rather have 4 cores than 2, who wouldn't.
What games fully use 4 or more cores? Bad Company 2 is one.

I'd rather have 2 fast cores than four (or even six) slow ones.

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I'd rather have 2 fast cores than four (or even six) slow ones.

As seen here:

I was going to say Dragon Age: Origins. Call of Duty: Black Ops is another game that favors quad cores. So is Mass Effect 2. I'm glad you did Dawn of War 2 as that game heavily favors quad cores.

The i7 will win when the game will take advantage of the additional cores and it not being bottle necked by the single graphics card. Turning up the graphical settings at 1080p is shifting most of the load to the graphics card, and that is the bottleneck for most of your benchmarks. Which is why most cpu reviews turn down to low or medium graphics settings at lower resolution. These would be interesting if you put up CPU and GPU utilization percentages along with the benchmarks, or if you added another graphics card to shift the bottleneck to the cpu.
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Yes well poor AMD doesn't do well in that particular test and the SB chips are very strong. But personally I'd take 4 over 2 cores (if the cores are the same) as more games will be using 4 or more cores in future.
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