Originally Posted by Imglidinhere
Well... most games never make use of the full power of this CPU. While powerful, most games I see only use two cores at best, with maybe one using the full thing? I've yet to play a game that fully stresses the CPU in this PC. Furthermore, the 5870M is about as fast as the 560M I have, so the gaming difference between the two machines wouldn't be that noticed in something like Left 4 Dead 2 or whatever, but it would be seen in Gmod since the Core i architecture for the first gen laptops is literally only based on the Core 2 chips from before
, only with hyperthreading. The second gen Core i are based on Sandy, which gives a real performance boost. Raw power alone makes this CPU literally twice as fast as the old 920XM I had back when in the old M17x R2 I had.
I have a lot of difficulty believing that my CPU difficulties isn't 90% a matter of my clock speeds in comparisons to your's. My base clock - 1.6GHz, your's - 2.4GHz. My top clock speed using all 4 cores - 1.6GHz, your's - 3.3GHz. I'd OC mine, but I don't want to mess with it and have nothing, ...rather just play my 150+ Steam backlog and save for the next one. I can hold off until war never changes again if need be.
...but enough about me.
In the end the extra $200 would get TC a marginally better GPU in the 870m [Let's keep the 860m out of this. It is a nice card, but let's not take any performance off the table.] and the oomph of all 4 cores through 3.5GHz. Also, I'm going to throw in the improved hyperthreading Haswell had over IB that was more effective in gaming as shown off in this Haswell dual core review
with generally better FPS/frame times above and beyond the general 5% difference between these generations overall.
If you are building a system that is primarily for gaming, the Core i3 4340 will allow whatever video card you use to run at its full potential – there is no need to step up to a Core i5 or Core i7 CPU. The same could not be said for Ivy Bridge Core i3′s, or any AMD APU or CPU we have tested. Newer games seem to be even worse off, as Assassin’s Creed IV would only run at 60 FPS steadily with a Radeon R9 280X when either the Haswell Core i3 or Core i5 were used.
If it was my extra $200, I'd spend it in this case.
...TC never gave a budget/links.