The Bottom Line
We have proven here that the flurry of canned benchmarks based on timedemos showing huge gains with Core 2 processors are virtually worthless in rating the true gaming performance of these processors today. The fact of the matter is that real-world gaming performance today greatly lies at the feet of your video card. Almost none of today’s games are performance limited by your CPU. Maybe that will change, but given the trends, it is not likely. You simply do not need a $1000 CPU to get great gaming performance as we proved months ago in our CPU Scaling article.
When it comes to playing games, the only persons that need to be even a little concerned with upgrading their CPU to a Core 2 processor might be those with high-end SLI, CrossFire, or GeForce GX2 video cards and we have yet to prove that due to the testing limitations we ran into. Then, and only then, you might see an Intel Core 2 processor deliver a performance advantage.
Lastly, I would advise everyone that is thinking of rushing out and purchasing their latest upgrade that we are sure to see HUGE pricing slashes out of AMD before the end of the month.
i would also point out that an x2 at 2.6/2.7gz is at least as fast as the fx62(3800+ x2 am2 on a good board hit those clocks easly)
read the artical, and come to understand that for gaming theres no need for conroe even with high end video cards, only cf x1950xtx or sli 7900gtx or gx2 cards "may" see benifit, but whos gonna spend that kinda money on a video card when u can just wait and grab a next gen high end card when your current card stops cutting it?(newer cards more offten trumps 2x older/slower cards period)