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Cyberpunk 2077 66% 52%
Control 112% 94%
eFootball PES 2020 61% 47%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 112% 94%
Grand Theft Auto VI 165% 143%
Borderlands 3 66% 52%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 165% 143%
Red Dead Redemption 2 123% 104%
FIFA 20 40% 28%
F1 2019 122% 103%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Phenom II X4 980 is noticeably better than the AMD FX-6100 when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The FX-6100 was released less than a year after the Phenom II X4, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The FX-6100 has 2 more cores than the Phenom II X4. 6 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Phenom II X4 is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The FX-6100 has 2 more threads than the Phenom II X4. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The FX-6100 and Phenom II X4 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Phenom II X4 has a 0.4 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the FX-6100.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The FX-6100 has a 4096 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom II X4, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The FX-6100 has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Phenom II X4, and was created with a 13 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the FX-6100 will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZambeziDeneb
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+Socket AM3
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date12 Oct 201103 May 2011
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads6vs4
Clock Speed3.3 GHzvs3.7 GHz
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Max TDP95 Wvs125 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature70°Cvs-
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L2 Cache Size6144 KBvs2048 KB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFX-6100 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Bulldozer architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (6 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 95W.

It is a powerful Hexa Core whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Phenom II X4 980 is a performance processor based on the 45nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 3.7GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.

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