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Recommended System Requirements
Game FX-6120 Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 84% 136%
Doom Eternal 51% 94%
Cyberpunk 2077 56% 101%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 36% 75%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 39% 79%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 100% 157%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 103% 161%
Grand Theft Auto VI 150% 221%
Need For Speed Heat 55% 100%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 61% 50%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD FX-6120 is massively better than the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 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-6120 was released over three years more recently than the Core 2 Quad, and so the FX-6120 is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core 2 Quad when running the latest games.

The FX-6120 has 2 more cores than the Core 2 Quad. 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 Core 2 Quad is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The FX-6120 has 2 more threads than the Core 2 Quad. 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-6120 and Core 2 Quad 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 FX-6120 has a 0.84 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 probably a good indicator that the FX-6120 is superior.

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-6120 and the Core 2 Quad have the same L2 cache size, but the Core 2 Quad does not appear to have an L3 cache, so the FX-6120 definitely wins out in this area.

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.

Both the FX-6120 and the Core 2 Quad have the same TDP of 95 Watts, but the FX-6120 has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameBulldozerYorkfield
MoBo SocketSocket AM3+LGA 775/ Socket T
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date01 Jun 201210 Aug 2008
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs4
CPU Threads6vs4
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs2.66 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.1 GHzvs-
Max TDP95 Wvs95 W
Lithography32 nmvs45 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs71°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size288 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size6144 KBvs6144 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs-
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFX-6120 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Bulldozer architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (6 Logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 4.1GHz 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.
Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz is a high-end Processor based on the 45nm Core micro-architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.66GHz and 6MB of L2 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated.

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

It offers average performance. It will therefore become a bottleneck in today's demanding games.

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