Hi, I am a hardcore gamer and in the process of building a new PC. Which AMD CPU would be best in the 325.00 range? I am leaning toward the X2 3800 dual core but it looks like the 3800 venice single core out performs it on games, I guess because of the clock speed. I hear that some of the upcoming games will be supporting the dual core CPU's. So X2 3800 Dual or 3800 venice single core? Thanks
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6th March 2005
If you were a REAL hardcore gamer you would know about all of this...
haha but no I have no idea im stupid.
GaMe_OvErIf you were a REAL hardcore gamer you would know about all of this... haha but no I have no idea im stupid.
I never knew to love games you have be a tech guy, I should have just went with what I thought.
21st February 2005
A leason about dual cores.
X2 3800+ = 3200+ speeds in games that use only 1 core X2 4200+ = 3500+ speeds in games that use only 1 core X2 4400+ = 3700+ speeds in games that use only 1 core X2 4600+ = 3800+ speeds in games that use only 1 core X2 4800+ = 4000+ speeds in games that use only 1 core
Now if its a game that uses 2 cores then a 3800+ would out beat a FX57. It is true more games will be coming out made for dual cores but as of right now the best dual core for a game would be a 4400+ or 4800+. But your looking at a lot of money for those 2. Single core would be the best bet as of right now if you don't want to spend a lot of money.
17th June 2002
As AMD themselves have said, the single-core FX-57 is still the ultimate for games. It will continue to be a superbly powerful processor for the next couple of years, regardless of what people tell you to the contrary and regardless of whether games come out that support dual-core processors in future. In computing, you have to live for the now, because your components will be obsolete within a week no matter how long you wait for them.
8th July 2003
I've got the dual core FX-60, i'm sure that's the latest and greatest.
17th June 2002
ZeRoNiTeI've got the dual core FX-60, i'm sure that's the latest and greatest.
Not for gaming it's not. It consistent gets virtually identical results in benchmarks as the FX-57 in Open GL and Direct X games, with maybe an extra FPS or two at higher detail levels (in fact, I think in Q3 tests the FX-57 actually beats it by a fair few FPS), and costs a nice £200/£300+ extra for the privilege. And it too will be obsolete in a very short while anyway, as AMD are planning on releasing their Socket M2 format and a version of the FX-60 made on a much smaller 65 nm process. Simply put, until games are designed specifically with dual-core processors in mind, all that power will remain untapped. And even when that happens, a powerful single-core processor will remain entirely useful for quite a long while anyway. Save yourself some money and wait until dual core processors are common and cheap.
Thanks for all the info, I think I will go with the AMD 64 4000 for now and upgrade next year when the new AMD based boards are supporting the DDR2 Ram. Thanks John
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30th December 2002
I'm doing a build soon as well, and I ultimately decided I'll get the 4400+ Toledo dual core. I love gaming, but I also do alot of multi-tasking and the 4400 is superb at it. And at $458, the 4400+ seems to be the best bang for your buck dual core out there.
Before I decided to get a dual core though, my choice for the single core was going to be the 4000+ San Diego ($334). But I think the best deal for an AMD cpu overall is without a doubt the 3700+ San Diego ($213).
What games that are coming out support the dual core? System: Intel Pentium D 830 Dual Core 3.0ghz 2 gigs DDR2 4300(533mhz) SATA 11 controlled 250 gig Seagate Sound blaster Audigy2 Zs gamer Nvidia 7800GTX PCI-E 256mb on card, 256 on system, 512mb total intel mobo, with 20.1 inch Wide screen flat panel monitor Sony DVD/DVD-RW/CD-RW combo :)