No, it's because the i3-550 that ekg84 tested was overclocked.
With non-K SB processors getting 5-7% in OC improvement is actually a feat
, because the multiplier is locked, and BCLK OCing is harder since now you've linked the BCLK to PCIe speed (and other stuff), and if you pass a certain threshold the whole system gets unstable, that's why you see only SB OC's with multiplier only, and that's the real value of a K processor. Even non-K i5's and i7's can be OC'd a bit more nicely, but that's done using the Turbo Boost multipliers (fooling the mobo in using the turbo multipliers on all cores) but sadly, the i3's lack turbo features
A "measly" i3-530 can be easily OC'd to 4 GHz
without generating much heat or needing extreme voltages and using the *cough*fail*cough* stock cooler, and that's almost a 36% performance increase over stock clocks... and most can go over that that easily (a 4.2 GHz OC is around 43% increase) with more specialized cooling. I bought my H70 for $65 used, and my chip could easily hit 4.5-4.6 GHz but i chickened out with temps as i did not want anything above 70c, plus my ambient temps are never below 25c on the day, and can go as high as 34-36c... hell, the budget Hyper 212+ would do a fine job of keeping the chip cool with a 4.1-4.2 GHz OC with a $30 price tag. Add into that an i3-2100 provides roughly 5-20% performance increase
over a stock
last-gen CPU, any lightly OC'd Clarky can beat it.
Too bad there are no i3 K-series.
Originally Posted by Partol
Question: In your tests, in the bios, what is the QPI speed of your i3-550 @ 4.33GHz? I'm curious because I know that overclocking QPI (DMI) can improve ram performance (latency and bandwidth).
Good question. Would be useful to see a CPU-Z shot of the i3. Maybe i could lover my QPI and also lower VTT volts, tho i love to see two 4 GHz speeds on my CPU-Z screen
Originally Posted by MinitroN;15206079
This is garbage. Unless you're trying to tell me the A8 is faster than the 2500K this is just a bad test.
I still don't see why the maximum FPS for the i3 is higher than the SB unless it's testing methodology or some setting.
It's not like you'll see a lot of max FPS's unless you like too stare at the game's walls or stay still (like a camper) all the time. Min and Avg are the ones that matter the most.