Originally Posted by BigCactus
Now when did I ever state wanting to know about "humdrum activities."
Like I said I'd be more interested in gaming comparisons since most enthusiasts that buy these chips are going to play games.
I'm not looking for anyone to tell me anything. I'd like to know from their experience if there is a huge difference between them.
Yes, I'd notice the difference between a core 2 duo and SB or BD performance. But I'm also one of those that notice screen tearing if vsync is not on.
Look, you're obviously interested in the differences between two chips in terms of gaming, and you should've clarified that from the start.
When you state that you would like to know the difference in the chip in terms of "real world" performance, that can involve a whole lot of vague programs and applications--most of which is incredibly subjective and thus varies from individual to indidual.
If anything, I would hardly call "gaming" real world whereas something like Photoshop or video encoding has more real world implications than any video game (unless you're a professional gamer being paid).
That being said, you likely won't notice a difference between the two chips running on a single graphics card of any calibre unless it's a dual GPU setup. Even then, the OP answered your question and indicated that you would likely not notice a difference between setups as he certainly didn't during his LAN party.
When you change the question you are looking for from real world to gaming, the intended answers vary significantly.