- 32nm Zambezi 95W
- 8MB L3 Cache
- 2 x 2MB L2 Cache
Nice little proc 04/29/2012
Very inexpensive quad; runs at just over 1vt with C&Q enabled; multiplier bump to 20x has it had 4GHZ, with no increase in heat. Great cornerstone for ANY gaming system (see comments below)
None at all -- I'll start my "other thoughts" here, as I think they'll be helpful for that person who's afraid to buy this as a foundation piece for a gaming machine. This proc is a perfect example of why you need to take reviews with a grain of salt. I can guarantee that EVERY reviewer that says this proc is useless for gaming, acquired that opinion from reading some elitist thread in a PC forum. I have it in a cheap AsRock 970 Extreme 3 (1.40 bios), with 4GB of PC12800, a 60GB OCZ Agility 3, Win7 Pro 64-bit, and an old XFX GTX 285 (quick and dirty PDXLan build) -- and it games perfectly. MW3 at 1920 res, all details maxed. BF3 at 1920 res, with some details reduced (because of the older video card) plays perfectly. I benched these two games for a reason. MW3 uses an older engine that still looks decent, but lacks some of the dazzle of the newer games -- this setup should be able to handle it, and it did just fine.
BF3 has some of the best lighting and shadow effects out there -- very graphically demanding. The GTX 285 struggled with settings maxed out, so I swapped it with a GTX 580 -- ran like butter. My point? There is NO bottleneck with this proc -- NONE. Does it bench like my i7 930 setup? No. Does it bench like my i7 2600k setup? No. BUT there is no difference in gaming. And this was at a bone stock 3.6GHZ. The 400MHZ bump upped the FPS a few, but it was already high enough that there was no stutter or lag.
Final thoughts. The SSD, ASRock mobo, and FX4100 cost $263 (not including a $15 rebate for the SSD). There will be those that say you don't pair a high-end GPU with a budget system like this -- but they're wrong. It just shows that gaming is all about the video card, and the more you spend on the rest -- the faster it all runs. Just know that the FX4100 is fast enough to run it all at bone stock. OCing is just a bonus that adds a few FPS. So buy with confidence.
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