We knew from the word go that the AMD Athlon FX-60 was going to be the faster processor but so it should be at $700 more. The FX-60 is a great gaming processor but the chances are you already know this. What we wanted to look at was how the FX-60 compared against our test bench CPU. At most we see performance increases of 25% with a performance increase of 10% to 15% being more common.
To get more out of such a heavy graphics card setup, the FX-60 is what you're going to want but it is not the be all and end all of performance as our benchmarks results we're not exactly mind blowing when compared to the cheaper X2 3800+. Sure, we understand that overclocking can come into the picture and the FX-60 can commonly hit 3GHz on air and hit more with water and phase change but for two processors at stock, the X2 3800+ really holds it ground for the price.
The other thing we can see is that the FX-60 is offering an average of 85FPS with HL2 running at 1600 x 1200 and 8xAA / 16xAF. The X2 3800+ running the same settings gets almost 75FPS. So, while the difference is 10FPS (or about 13%), the game play is going to feel identical for 90% of people.
If you're buying the Athlon FX-60 as a gaming processor to use with an SLI 7900GTX setup, it is all useless without a decent monitor. Your chain is as strong as the weakest link and if you're running a 19" LCD that only does 1280 x 1024, you're just throwing money down the drain. The absolute minimum monitor you would want for setup like this is one pumping out a resolution of 1920 x 1200 with the Dell or Apple 30" being your best companion running a massive 2560 x 1600.
The Athlon FX-60 is a great gaming processor with plenty of power as already mentioned but unless you are completely serious about gaming and want to run very high resolutions with all the settings turned on, it's hard to justify spending so much money on a CPU - the X2 3800+ might do the job just fine if you aren't all that interested in running high resolutions.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and The Differences]
- Page 2 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark03]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - 3DMark05]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Far Cry]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Doom 3]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Quake 4]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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