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Gaming Performance

As you know, it is the graphics subsystem that most often determines the overall performance of a computer in modern games if the CPU is fast enough (and the CPUs we are testing today are indeed fast). Therefore we run gaming tests in our CPU reviews without full-screen antialiasing and at low resolutions. So, the results are not indicative of how fast the particular game can run on modern computers but rather how well the tested CPUs can cope with gaming load. This can give us some insight into the future when graphics cards will get faster and the CPU may become the limiting factor.

Gaming is not a forte of AMD processors, either, but they perform better here than in the previous test. Modern 3D games cannot make full use of the six cores provided by the Phenom II X6 1075T, so the latter is not very fast. The Phenom II X2 560 is inferior to the dual-core processors from Intel which are endowed with Hyper-Threading technology which is quite useful here.

As opposed to its cousins, the Phenom II X4 970 is an excellent choice for a gaming platform since this quad-core CPU is positioned on the market as an opponent to Intel’s dual-core CPUs. Its four cores, clocked at a rather high frequency of 3.5 GHz, make it superior in games to the similarly priced Core i5 series offers. To put it in a different way: a quad-core CPU is the best choice for today's games. And since AMD offers cheaper quad-core CPUs than Intel, the Phenom II X4 series should be considered by gamers who are planning to build a new midrange gaming platform.

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