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Are 6 cores worth it for gaming?

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I mean I can understand them making 6 core processors for video conversion or extreme number crunching. But will it really make a difference in games? Seems a bit overrated but everyone has quad cores now, and unless you make a good salary the six cores are a bit steep in price. Games like oblivion and fallout yea, those rely reasonably on a cpu, but even still will going from quad core to six core really increase fps by that much?
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No, simply because most games these days still don't even unfortunately support quad core processors.

Unless you're going to be encoding videos, etc.. I really wouldn't recommend a x6 over an x4 when it comes to just gaming.
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I'd say no to that, based on the fact that most games out there won't even use four cores completely. There may be exceptions to it, but for the most part it just isn't worth it. It won't justify what you paid for a six-core Intel processor if you're only gaming.
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Check this out:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2960/12

There isn't much of a difference in my opinion considering the price differences from a 4 core to a 6 core.
    
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In my opinion quads with high clocks are the sweet spot for games, I dont think going to 6 cores is going to make a huge difference. For now..
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x4 955 or a q9550 is about what you need for gaming nowadays imo.
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Like the first two people above said, there isn't much use for it unless you do things like encoding video's/recording/mixing music.

If you overclock a 980x/990x/920, the difference is what, maybe from 4.2Ghz to 4.6Ghz would be 10% maximum. And at 4.2Ghz with a 920 it's really going to be about videocard power.
Edited by MasterFire - 2/25/11 at 7:56pm
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nevermind, wrong section.
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post #9 of 22
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The differences aren't that noticeable. I got both my cpu and gpu overclocked, I'd probably get close to the same results
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post #10 of 22
The current games just don't make a difference. of course down the road when games start using more threads
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