Originally Posted by Kana-Maru
My L5639 is 34% faster than your i7-920. The X5660 is 55% faster than your i7-920. GPU performance wise the Hex cores will easily run high end games at stock smoother vs a highly overclocked Quad. Of course that depends on your GPU and what graphical settings you have enabled. I'm speaking maxed. My lower clocked X5660 @4Ghz with 1400Mhz RAM is 44.18% faster than your i7-920 @ 4.2Ghz.
For like the 35th time, I'm talking about single core performance.
You've already listed plenty of benches showing that a 4.8 ghz 12 thread processor gets really high scores in synthetic benchmarks that use all available CPU resources. Yes, we know that. Unfortunately not many programs are going to use your CPU to it's full capability like cinebench will, hence the importance of it's single core performance and the reason why I have been researching it. The overwhelming majority
of programs still only use 4 or fewer threads....not 12. In this situation, remember this is the overwhelming majority of the time, your extra 8 threads will make no difference. When you are relying on 4 threads, the individual performance really matters. When you are relying on 12, not so much because the same work is spread over more workers.
You are acting as if the fact that these CPUs score so high in benchmarks that utilize all 12 threads, that their lightly threaded performance doesn't matter. That's like saying that a Formula 1 race car is perfect for driving around the city and going to work because it goes really fast on a racetrack. I'm not trying to prove the 920 is better, I know it's not. I'm trying to show you that running a heavily threaded benchmark and declaring "My CPU is xx% faster" doesn't really make any sense in real world applications. How many games do you think are using 12 threads? You're looking at one side of a two sided coin. The single core performance is just as important as fully threaded performance because of the fact that so many programs only utilize so much. It would show much less bias in your thread if you included this info in your tests. More info is never a bad thing.
I put an offer in on an X5650 on ebay. The first guy sent me a counteroffer for $1 less than his original buyout, I declined. I put in another offer to another seller and have not heard anything back yet, it's been almost a day..Edited by RX7-2nr - 4/3/14 at 9:44pm