What's Better

90 Blood Elf Rogue
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I posted yesterday about upgrading my computer and got a some good options for a new compute. Now I just have one more question about the new computer. Im trying to figure out what processor is better.

Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual Core 8GB DDR3 1333 500GB STAT 11 Memory 3MB L3 Cache

Or

AMD FX-Series FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad Core 8GB DDR3 1333 1TB STAT 11 Memory 4MB L2 Cache

In both I would be running a AMD Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card...
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66 Undead Warlock
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i3-3220 would be a better choice. FX-4100 isn't what you'd call a true quad core (2 modules, each module has 2 cores but one of them is inferior) and the i3 performs much faster per core.

And for WoW the Intel processors are even faster so the i3-3220 has a big advantage
Edited by Emerron on 5/9/2013 10:42 AM PDT
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63 Draenei Shaman
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@Emerron that somewhat right but I will better explain everything. Yes the FX series uses 2 CPU's per module but that is still a Quad Core. The issue is, they only have 1 floating point per modular so you can't fully benefit from the max performance because of the bottleneck of only 2 floating points.

Also to add, the bulldozer series, any FX-X(with a 1 or 2 as the second digit) has many issues with itself. It has low instructions per cycle, and is plagued by too many execution pipelines. Combined with low IPC's this creates a terrible snowball effect in a bad way. Also the cache latency is extremely high adding lag between execution of L1 and L2 and some degree of L2 to L3.

However, if you find an FX series processor with a 3 as a second digit, IE FX-4300, many of these said issues have been corrected. However given the 2 examples you've given get the I3, add that GPu and be done with it. However if your PSU can hold it, an HD 7770Ghz would be a nicer buy.
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63 Draenei Shaman
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intel ftw!!!


You know, all the grounds you may with me were just lost xD
<---Chelsi
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66 Undead Warlock
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@Emerron that somewhat right but I will better explain everything. Yes the FX series uses 2 CPU's per module but that is still a Quad Core. The issue is, they only have 1 floating point per modular so you can't fully benefit from the max performance because of the bottleneck of only 2 floating points.

Also to add, the bulldozer series, any FX-X(with a 1 or 2 as the second digit) has many issues with itself. It has low instructions per cycle, and is plagued by too many execution pipelines. Combined with low IPC's this creates a terrible snowball effect in a bad way. Also the cache latency is extremely high adding lag between execution of L1 and L2 and some degree of L2 to L3.

However, if you find an FX series processor with a 3 as a second digit, IE FX-4300, many of these said issues have been corrected. However given the 2 examples you've given get the I3, add that GPu and be done with it. However if your PSU can hold it, an HD 7770Ghz would be a nicer buy.

Alright, I don't know all the tech specs really in depth haha.
But yeah, the Vishera (4300, 4350, 6300, 6350, 8320, 8350) are quite good... Bulldozer (X1XX or X2XX) aren't great. And for WoW specifically Intel is much better
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