> > well i saw that on a site the intel ting- will clock speed help mame- fx can clock
> > very good speeds when overclocked- will this help mame games run faster. forget
> > benchmarks i want to now how the games actually ran on the chip. cus i want to
> > a pc for mame and tings are very expensive were i live and i cant afford intel.
> Clock speed is irrelevant...an Intel sandybridge/Ivybridge CPU is 40-50% faster than
> a Bulldozer FX CPU at the same clockspeed.
> Just think about that for a second...an Intel CPU at 4Ghz is as fast as an AMD FX CPU
> would be at nearly 6Ghz in MAME.
> I've done my own testing in MAME with an AMD Phenom II CPU that can run with 2,3 or 4
> (@3.8Ghz) cores and I can tell you for a fact that the optimum efficiency is 3
> cores...any more than that and the gains are marginal, about 5% at most.
> A dual core budget Intel CPU with Hyperthreading running at 3Ghz or so will be most
> likely faster for MAME than a 4Ghz overclocked AMD FX CPU with 4 or more cores.
> There is no getting around the fact that for MAME, Intel CPU's wipe the floor with
> AMD, having said all that, the VAST majority of games in MAME will run at full speed
> on a 4Ghz or faster AMD CPU, and those that don't, are for the most part, pretty
> unplayable anyway, because of immature driver support in MAME.
whats the highest clocked i3 that i can get out of the box that is - would that be a good chip