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While most of us would love to build a PC around a 6-core CPU, this isn’t always financially possible or even necessary, especially if you don’t play games or use demanding programs. Few games take advantage of processors with more than four cores, and you don’t need a £600 CPU to check Facebook and use Microsoft Office.
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http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...00-processor/1


Very interesting read for those on restricted budgets.
 
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I would personally get the X4 or an older gen i3 (530/40/50) since they overclock.
    
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They talk about how you don't need a $600 CPU for internet browsing and MS office....then they proceed to test all of them on Bad Company 2, video rendering, photo editing, and other intensive tasks. Running on integrated graphics.


Bit-tech, I am disappoint.
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post
They talk about how you don't need a $600 CPU for internet browsing and MS office....then they proceed to test all of them on Bad Company 2, video rendering, photo editing, and other intensive tasks. Running on integrated graphics.


Bit-tech, I am disappoint.
Well.... What else would they test?
     
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post
They talk about how you don't need a $600 CPU for internet browsing and MS office....then they proceed to test all of them on Bad Company 2, video rendering, photo editing, and other intensive tasks. Running on integrated graphics.


Bit-tech, I am disappoint.
It's still good review practice to test the cpus to the max
    
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The performance of the G620 was disappointing in WPrime and Cinebench 11.5.
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The integrated Intel HD graphics of the G620 couldn’t manage a double-digit frame rate in either of our test games, also indicating that it’s of little use for GPU-accelerated applications.
Erm...it's a $75 processor. It's not supposed to be able to do these things well.

It seems like the reviewers wanted to write an article about budget CPU's. That's good and fine and well and all. And then they run them through the ringer of high-end applications and complain about the lack of performance.... Just my 2c.
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Erm...it's a $75 processor. It's not supposed to be able to do these things well.

It seems like the reviewers wanted to write an article about budget CPU's. That's good and fine and well and all. And then they run them through the ringer of high-end applications and complain about the lack of performance.... Just my 2c.
I dunno, with the increasing prevalence of GPU acceleration in everyday productivity programs (Office 2010, Flash and Firefox for starters) I think its valid to see how much they are capable of. Besides bit-tech know their audience, if someone just wants an office PC chances are they'll just buy a prebuilt. And I know from experience the first time I built a PC I bought the cheapest of everything, just in case I screwed up bad, wrecking a £150 processor is more scary than a £40 one.
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Well.... What else would they test?
Internet browsing and MsOffice...

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Internet browsing and MsOffice...

cg
my old pentium 3 @ 800 MHz can internet browse and MSoffice fine, why would they test that if any modern pc can do those tasks anyway? Any modern CPU is overkill if you are just gonna browse the internet with it.
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I'd rather that every CPU test be done with only the IGP...then what score that is there will be directly related to the CPU and no worries about a GPU bottleneck. Well, run a couple tests with a modern descrete GPU to see how well it communicates to a GPU, but the CPU only tests would give a better view of the CPU's power.
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