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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-14-2019, 08:16 AM - Thread Starter
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From a gaming perspective GHz or number of cores?

With the advent of GPU usage as the primary factor in video games, video watching/editing today is it still better to go for a CPU processor/processors with higher GHz or more cores or does it even matter much as far as games/videos?
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I found this video comparing 4 core at 5.0 GHz to a 8 core at 2.5Ghz running various games;


It appears to be sort of a crapshoot where some games performed better and higher GHz speed and others did better with more cores.

I guess today gaming wise we are just now nearing the end if the higher GHz era and entering the multi-core era where more cores at lower GHz will trump less cores at higher GHz.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Socio View Post
I found this video comparing 4 core at 5.0 GHz to a 8 core at 2.5Ghz running various games;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA3m6VgdRtw

It appears to be sort of a crapshoot where some games performed better and higher GHz speed and others did better with more cores.

I guess today gaming wise we are just now nearing the end if the higher GHz era and entering the multi-core era where more cores at lower GHz will trump less cores at higher GHz.

Thank you so much for this thread and video. This was a smart test. No game will use 16 threads. Alto you see them all work on your overlay their really not doing much but 5 percent or 2 percent notice ability and what not.
8 core is plenty for gaming for years to come. 12 and 16 core Ryzen is bs when they say its a gaming chip. That is marketing to get hundreds of millions of people obsessed with AMD and eventually get it. *** is a 12 core then 16 gaming CPU same with Intel 9900k gaming CPU.. I mean *** So you cant use DAW or Premiere or Illustrator and other heavy workloads ? Their strictly calling it a gaming CPU on both ends and to me that is sad.


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8 core / 8 thread is probably optimal for gaming now. Beyond that, it pays to improve the performance of the individual cores (clock speed, IPC) as much as possible

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its not cut and dry, and there's going to be a line where modern games start to benefit from the multiple cores. This pattern will only increase once the new consoles drop next year.

the good news is, you don't really need to choose one or the other as stated 8/8 is the sweet spot at the moment, after that focus on dialing in OC, and memory timings.

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5.3GHZ? man, you really mean best! I keep my 97k @ 5.2, next up is dialing in secondary timings. I've been putting it off since jumping from x79

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This. Not sure why the the high core cpu was severely crippled to 2.5GHz. Could have been more realistic at 4GHz.

IMO, 8 cores with HT/SMT is a safer bet. If a game does not work well with virtual cores you can easily turn them off. If a game uses them, then you have them at your disposal.
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As far as gaming is concerned, probably speed trumps cores in almost circumstances.

BUT, when you get to utility and real world usage there are a lot more factors.

People multi-task, even while gaming. Lots of people record and stream. Have dual screens maybe playing a video or music in the background.

I would say speed has a slight edge in the core case of strictly gaming, but when you introduce gaming+multitasking and/or any sort of media editing or content creation, more cores are better. And they are increasingly trending to be more important.

I would say overall, the CPU speed only gives you mild benefits in the extreme upper-end of gaming performance where the GPU is really most important. In other areas, in CPU intensive tasks, more cores perform better than less cores at significantly higher clocks.

Of course there are outliers in both areas, but as you are talking strictly gaming, I think the answer is CPU speed is only important up to a point, and scales poorly cost/performance, in most scenarios.
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