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I seriously doubt that black ops would support more than 2 cores. For one, the game just isn't that intensive to require it. Two, its a console port. Are you sure the game isn't just rapidly switching threads between cores?
    
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http://www.overclock.net/general-pro...ames-list.html
Edited by pc-illiterate - 2/22/11 at 8:16am
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Originally Posted by Deathclaw View Post
if 4 core is overclocked more than the 6 core and the game doesn't use more cores, then yes, the 4 core will be faster

many games still do not utilize even 4 cores, but those that utilize 4 and more cores run better

so, no the 4 core is not better than 6 core
but is cheaper (not much today but still is)
and for gaming it will do just nicely
I've yet to see a 4 core overclock higher (substantially if at all) than a Thuban on normal cooling. Plus if games only use two or less cores the Thuban has turbocore, which can be set manually, you can run 4.2Ghz turbo at stock vcore on 3 cores, more if you wanted to up the vcore, all the while on minimal cooling.
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post #14 of 29
Some people confuse windows thread balancing with actual core usage.

There aren't a lot of games that will use 6 cores.
    
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Some people confuse windows thread balancing with actual core usage.

There aren't a lot of games that will use 6 cores.

Yup... to check core usage.... see what the .exe's peak CPU usage is.


If you have a quad-core and see CPU usage peak at ~25%... it is single threaded.
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Some people confuse windows thread balancing with actual core usage.

There aren't a lot of games that will use 6 cores.
so should he just go for the x4 970? That won't bottleneck a possible GTX560 sli setup?
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post #17 of 29
is he running on a budget? if he's not, then buy the 1090T and OC it a little.
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post #18 of 29
Go with the x6. They overclock much better than the x4's. My 955BE will only hit 3.8ghz with 1.5v.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Klue22 View Post
The price of AMD hex cores is amazing considering the performance you can get. They also OC quite well. The only game I know of that will use 4 threads atm is BFBC2, but I'm sure there are others out there.
Supreme Commander does. Here's a further list (although, it's outdated).
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so should he just go for the x4 970? That won't bottleneck a possible GTX560 sli setup?
Just so you know, this whole "bottlenecking" business is not exactly true. I have a socket 939 dual core (manufactured in 2001 I believe). With a GTX-285, I can max out any game I try except GTA4. If certain games are CPU intensive, that game may be "bottlenecked" by the CPU, but the system as a whole doesn't care.

Basically, let the GPU do its thing and let the CPU do its own.
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