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Tested: How many CPU cores you really need for DirectX 12 gaming

Gordon Mah Ung | March 8, 2016
We benchmark an eight-core CPU in three DirectX 12 tests, and the results may disappoint you.

I’d say for the vast majority of gamers, the sweet spot lies somewhere between a quad-core with Hyper-Threading and a six-core on the Intel side of the aisle. A Skylake Core i5-6600K will be fine for DirectX 11 games and probably the vast majority of the early DirectX 12 games, but the lack of Hyper-Threading will eventually hurt. For AMD fans, that means a six-core FX or eight-core FX part.


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