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Poll Results: Core i3-2100 @ 3.1 Ghz VS Core 2 Quad Q9650 @ 3.0 Ghz

 
  • 50% (2)
    Core i3-2100
  • 50% (2)
    Core 2 Quad Q9650
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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Just as the title says, which CPU is best for gaming at both 1680x1050 and 1900x1200?

Core i3-2100 @3.1 Ghz vs Core 2 Quad Q9650 @ 3.0 Ghz

With all the other system parts being identical (GPU/Memory/HDD/Ect).

,Thedarklord
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/49?vs=289
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post #3 of 4
C2Q for sure, but only if you already have it. I would not invest in old hardware.

If you are buying both new, grab an i3.
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post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
I already have the Core 2 Quad Q9650 on another machine, so taking price out of the picture here, this is just to figure out which is the better processor for gaming.

Edit: @itzhoovEr Yeah I already was looking / am looking at the Anandtech comparison, and it looks like the two processors are tied even in gaming, even in CPU intense games, and when multi-threading comes into the picture the Q9650 takes the lead (due to having 4 physical cores).

Just looking to get the opinions/thoughts of my fellow OCN'ers. thumb.gif
Edited by Thedarklord - 5/8/12 at 5:23pm
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Corsair Mouse Pad Medium Logitech 5.1 Z5300e 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 960T @ 3.6 Ghz (3.8 Turbo) Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 EVGA GeForce GTX 480 SC (SuperClocked) 16 GB Corsair DDR3 1600 Mhz Dominator 
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