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Win 8 - four core vs. 6 core processors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post
    I'm currently using Win 7-64bit, 2X2GB, 180GB SSD, AMD 945 quad core, 880G motherboard.
    Think of getting the Win 8 upgrade, new 4 (4170) or 6 core AMD cpu, 970 motherboard.
    Would Win 8 make it worth it to get a 6 core cpu, or should I just get a faster 4 core processor (4170)?
    Win8 won't do anything of special significance for you in regard to having 6 cores versus 4--in comparison to what Win7 would do. In other words, if you are happy with 4 cores versus 6 under Win7, then stick with 4 cores in Win8. Enjoy your new mobo and faster 4 core (or, maybe 6 core?). Also, enjoy Win8; I assume you know a fair amount about Win8, right? Anyway, I would not make any hardware change predicated on switching to Win8--except maybe to a mobo with UEFI from one without. Even then some, perhaps many, would not consider the price in terms of dollars and labor to be right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post
    I'm currently using Win 7-64bit, 2X2GB, 180GB SSD, AMD 945 quad core, 880G motherboard.
    Think of getting the Win 8 upgrade, new 4 (4170) or 6 core AMD cpu, 970 motherboard.
    Would Win 8 make it worth it to get a 6 core cpu, or should I just get a faster 4 core processor (4170)?
    Win8 won't do anything of special significance for you in regard to having 6 cores versus 4--in comparison to what Win7 would do. In other words, if you are happy with 4 cores versus 6 under Win7, then stick with 4 cores in Win8. Enjoy your new mobo and faster 4 core (or, maybe 6 core?). Also, enjoy Win8; I assume you know a fair amount about Win8, right? Anyway, I would not make any hardware change predicated on switching to Win8--except maybe to a mobo with UEFI from one without. Even then some, perhaps many, would not consider the price in terms of dollars and labor to be right.
    Or if the CPU supported the Connected Standby feature.
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    Good point. Didn't know this feature is hardware dependent. But, so it is. Still, I wouldn't change processors just to get this feature. Don't mean to demean the feature though; it is a good one. And, some probably would change processors to get the feature. Processor change cost wouldn't be a problem for me. It's the darn labor I would object to--even if what I changed to wouldn't require a mobo change. I am not too up on mobos/the processors they support lately--not sure which new processors would require a change given what I have (see my specs if interested). Just yakking. No reason to go there if not interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Good point. Didn't know this feature is hardware dependent. But, so it is. Still, I wouldn't change processors just to get this feature. Don't mean to demean the feature though; it is a good one. And, some probably would change processors to get the feature. Processor change cost wouldn't be a problem for me. It's the darn labor I would object to--even if what I changed to wouldn't require a mobo change. I am not too up on mobos/the processors they support lately--not sure which new processors would require a change given what I have (see my specs if interested). Just yakking. No reason to go there if not interested.
    I wouldn't either, but if I were to be rebuilding a system, definitely would. I'm still trying to understand how an OEM motherboard with UEFI and Secure Boot can mesh with Windows 8. It's an interesting and confusing feature.
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    Just found out that Microsoft will raise the Win 8 Pro downloadable upgrade from the current $40.0 to $120 at the end of the month (13 days). So I guess I will at least download the upgrade and sit on it until I'm ready to replace CPU/motherboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post
    Just found out that Microsoft will raise the Win 8 Pro downloadable upgrade from the current $40.0 to $120 at the end of the month (13 days). So I guess I will at least download the upgrade and sit on it until I'm ready to replace CPU/motherboard.
    Good idea. Check this thread out; you may want at least be sure you get the ISO.
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  7. #27


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Or if the CPU supported the Connected Standby feature.
    I'm not familiar with Connect Standby. I looked it up. It's unclear that any current desktop CPUs can support it. Do you know of any? (It would be fairly desirable.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I hate to say it, because back in the day I was an AMD guy...but if it's performance you are truly after, get rid of the budget AMD CPU's and get an Intel.

    Except in heavily multithreaded areas, I have seen very little difference between dual core and quad core CPU's. So, unless you spend all day encoding video or something else, I doubt you would see much real benefit from going from 4 AMD cores to 6 AMD cores or 8 AMD cores.
    Hi there
    I've just posted a topic that my Acer small 11.6 inch V151 laptop with an Intel i3 (DUO proceesor) in it seems to me to perform much less sluggishly than my desktop with an AMD QUAD phenom 3.2GHZ processor in it -- both machines had SSD's for the OS.

    I would agree Intel these days just rings rings around AMD -- sad but true as a bit of competition does everybody good both in cost and better products.

    (Also far less compatibility problems with almost any sort of software running INTEL vs AMD).
    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I also think that competition is good for Intel, but when given the choice, I always pick Intel. I do like AMD's video cards, though...
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    Are there any AMD six core CPUs are are considered easy overclockers?
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