We didn’t expect anything good from gaming tests that is why we moved this part of our test session to the end of the performance analysis chapter. Most contemporary games can’t boast being optimized for multi-core microarchitectures. Moreover, Socket F platform can’t demonstrate good performance in applications like that because of slow DDR2-667 memory, according to today’s standards.
And nevertheless, Opteron 2435 processor managed to outperform Phenom II X4 965 in Resident Evil 5, which indicates that six-core CPUs do have some gaming potential. In most cases systems with fewer CPU cores but higher clock frequencies will run faster.