Originally Posted by MonarchX
Bah - I forgot to mention that the i5 is Sandry Bridge, but i7 is Ivy Bridge, which makes it even a more difficult choice... As far as why - the i7 memory controller got screwed up after it fell on a solid stone and won't accept anything but single channel. ATM I can't afford anything but I do have an i5 2500K Sandry Bridge laying around... I know I could just test it out, but that would require heavy lifting and my crippled existence is not up for that unless nobody knows for sure...
Ahhh... Not gunna ask why it fell on a solid stone (as opposed to a liquid stone?)
but I'm going to say that the I7 would still be faster. Granted, who knows what else broke when you dropped it. But lets just say that only the memory controller was broken, then the I7 would be faster. Running in dual channel will only add like 5-9 FPS. Dropping down to a lower clocked Sandy would make you like probably like 12. By lower clocked, I meant that for a Sandy bridge clock to equal an Ivy bridge clock, you would need to add roughly 0.3GHz to the Sandy's clock to equal whatever the Ivy's clock is.
What exactly did you drop? The chip or the motherboard? Or both?