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im a sucker for threads like this. surprising results smile.gif

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I saw this a few weeks ago... and i find it really funny how the little Nehalem i3 is slugging it out within 20% of the monster Sandy Bridge CPU....

This likely has to do with the fact that most games are optimized at dual-core levels. Only BF3 is TRULY optimized to be a quad-core game. So I suppose this is "expected"... but really interesting nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by coachmark2;15542458 
I saw this a few weeks ago... and i find it really funny how the little Nehalem i3 is slugging it out within 20% of the monster Sandy Bridge CPU....

This likely has to do with the fact that most games are optimized at dual-core levels. Only BF3 is TRULY optimized to be a quad-core game. So I suppose this is "expected"... but really interesting nonetheless.

The first gen i3's were code named Clarkdale, not Nehalem btw.
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Originally Posted by coachmark2;15542458 
I saw this a few weeks ago... and i find it really funny how the little Nehalem i3 is slugging it out within 20% of the monster Sandy Bridge CPU....

This likely has to do with the fact that most games are optimized at dual-core levels. Only BF3 is TRULY optimized to be a quad-core game. So I suppose this is "expected"... but really interesting nonetheless.

I'm not sure I agree, I think its more of, hey, look if you have a recent dual core, instead of moving platforms, or dropping cash on the CPU, put that to the GPU.

The GPU really is incredibly important in gaming, as many know, but some people stick so much to the CPU upgrade, when it might not be so necessary,

This may avoid the "I upgraded from a wolfdale dual core to an i5 2500k and re-used my GTX460... why don't I see a larger performance increase?

Well, that's because the gpu was the limiter, not the CPU. Im sure framerates will be more consistent, but you're not going to gain 50 fps with a cpu upgrade.

Maybe i'm wrong, but that's what I'm seeing from those results. I remember seeing this thread right after I built my Sig Rig, and one for my brother in law, and being kind of bummed. But I was building from scratch, and he was upgrading from an e5200. So it sort of made sense to make the jump to the newest platform. If he had an i3 530 or 550, I think i would feel really bad about helping him pick out a 2500k. Haha
     
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Originally Posted by anubis1127;15542515 
The first gen i3's were code named Clarkdale, not Nehalem btw.

Nehalem refers to the architecture. They are nehalem architecture wink.gif
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Originally Posted by criminal;15542359 
Awesome results. Makes me feel better about waiting to upgrade until Ivy Bridge.

Dude with an 875k at 4.2ghz you will notice ZERO difference ''upgrading'' to sandy bridge. Trust me, I've owned two 2500k's and a 2600k and there is no noticeable differences other than benchmarks compared to Lynnfield chips.
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Honestly the results don't really make a lot of sense to me.

The i3 will be faster at lower res (highest cpu load), but then slower at higher res (lowest cpu load)...


Can someone explain that one for me?
    
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Originally Posted by 87dtna;15546500 
Nehalem refers to the architecture. They are nehalem architecture .

Gotcha, yeah, you're right, I was confusing Bloomfield with Nehalem for some reason, my bad.

You're also correct in your comment on "upgrading" to SB.
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Originally Posted by anubis1127;15547672 
Gotcha, yeah, you're right, I was confusing Bloomfield with Nehalem for some reason, my bad.

You're also correct in your comment on "upgrading" to SB.

Thats definitely understandable, intel has so many variants is really ridiculous LOL.
post #79 of 87
This is cool; interesting results.

Not that it makes any difference to this test, but I'd remind you all where we are in gaming right now; nearing the end of a console generation, one that's already drawn out too long at that.

Give it a couple of years for Sony and Microsoft to get their act together and we might find the new console hardware bringing on some properly resource-intensive games again.

I'm so tempted to upgrade my Phenom II to a decent Sandy Bridge setup at the moment, but ultimately I'd be throwing down 500 quid for a difference that's hardly noticeable in games.

CPU just doesn't matter at this stage, but it will again, who knows what the next generation of games will bring... enjoy this while it lasts.
    
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Not surprised once I saw the title. After seeing your older thread putting it up against the 920, I knew this would have a similar outcome. If you have a really powerful per-clock performance ratio with a Dual Core + Hyperthreading, there's no need for anything more if you're just using one GPU. However, CrossfireX and SLI would probably be lagged by the i3. However the Phenom II line is exactly the same here.
     
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