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Locked multiplier isn't really an issue if you're decent at OCing.
BCLK ocing works so well on Sandy/Ivybridge...
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I never saw the point in a really fast i3. To me it seems if you want something for, say, a media PC an i3 is vastly over qualified so I'd probably get something cheaper, if I want something for gaming then I'd get an i5, if I want something for more than just gaming I'd go i7. The i3 to me is a bit too strong and expensive for what I think it's meant for and a bit too weak for the applications outside of that.
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It makes for a wonderful customer agent machine. Softphone, office, and video conferencing at 720p. They can do it, and do it well. I've been using the i3-2125 in my last dozen or so customer agent and video remote interpreting workstations. They have crucial m4 128gb drives, win7 pro and 8gb ram. They are smooth, fast and run cool. I'm looking forward to using the ivy version with the HD 4000 graphics in the next build coming up.
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I never saw the point in a really fast i3. To me it seems if you want something for, say, a media PC an i3 is vastly over qualified so I'd probably get something cheaper, if I want something for gaming then I'd get an i5, if I want something for more than just gaming I'd go i7. The i3 to me is a bit too strong and expensive for what I think it's meant for and a bit too weak for the applications outside of that.

The i3 makes good for a budget/casual gamer and "average" power user. Hell, mine has not let me down in anything, and i throw a lot of things at it (games, encoding, CAD and F@H/BOINC). Plus, paired with a midrange card you could play most games @ 1080p with more than medium detail at decent framerates.

You do not need an i7/i5 to play, an i3 is more than suited to the task. If you do not believe it, check the links on my sig. An i3 does pale against an i5/i7 for encoding though, but it does it better than a Pentium/Celeron, that's for sure.
   
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Would love a high clock Pentium to replace my Core 2 duo without additional cost.
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The i3 makes good for a budget/casual gamer and "average" power user. Hell, mine has not let me down in anything, and i throw a lot of things at it (games, encoding, CAD and F@H/BOINC). Plus, paired with a midrange card you could play most games @ 1080p with more than medium detail at decent framerates.
You do not need an i7/i5 to play, an i3 is more than suited to the task. If you do not believe it, check the links on my sig. An i3 does pale against an i5/i7 for encoding though, but it does it better than a Pentium/Celeron, that's for sure.

I know it CAN do these things and do them well but it feels like a side grade from something a bit cheaper (Something like an X4/960T) but I guess if you're brand loyal then it'd make sense. Again these are just my opinions. It's like a $2 bill, you have your $1 bill that you use for pretty cheap stuff, your $5 for slightly more expensive stuff and the $2 bill is just kind of there as a place holder but it still serves a function if you choose to use it.
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I know it CAN do these things and do them well but it feels like a side grade from something a bit cheaper (Something like an X4/960T) but I guess if you're brand loyal then it'd make sense. Again these are just my opinions. It's like a $2 bill, you have your $1 bill that you use for pretty cheap stuff, your $5 for slightly more expensive stuff and the $2 bill is just kind of there as a place holder but it still serves a function if you choose to use it.

I do agree. If you're an Intel fan it makes sense, but a cheaper Phenom x4 can go toe to toe with an i3, and even gain the upper hand in things that do use 4 cores. I partially tested that tongue.gif

I'm not much an INTEL FANBOI, it's just what fell onto my lap in the right moment (when i had the money). I am looking forward to Intel, but i'm also looking forward to AMD. I've been wanting an AMD rig just for the lulz (and BOINC) for quite a while, but no money is what stops me.

I'm just defending the i3's because everyone goes "OMG you're a noob true gamers play on an i7 trolololol".
   
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Installing Mobo drivers now after building my wife's i3-3225 system tonight. I'm going to put the CPU through its gaming paces with some Guild Wars 2. It will be paired with 8 GB of Corsair Vengeance and a Radeon 6870 so I am expecting good results.
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Locked multiplier isn't really an issue if you're decent at OCing.

you clearly have no experience with LGA 1155 CPUs,
there is basically no OC for locked CPUs...

adjusting the reference clock, "fsb", bclk or whatever you call it will only give you 5-10% OC.

unlocked ivy i3 would be an amazing CPU, but it would also take some sales away from the cheaper i5s I think.
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The first Gen i3's are locked, but overclock via the bus like old cpus did.
I have one running right now @4.3 Ghz thumb.gif
They are also first gen i3s....why would I spend money on one of them.

I have a hard time believing Intel makes more money forcing people to buy i5's to overclock than they would releasing unlocked i3s. Either way, trying to monetize your enthusiasts is disgusting, so I digress.

i3s are badass and there is no shame in having one as a main chip.
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