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Hey guys, so i was wondering what sort of performance jump i would get going to an i3 540 from a Athlon 7750? My dad currently is using somesort of hp slim computer with the althon and wanted something new.

Been looking online for a comparison between the two but couldnt find anything, but i was going to buy a new motherboard from a friend and they were going to throw in the processor for cheap, so wanted to know if it would be worth it.

Thanks! + reps
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You should see a pretty sizable gain in single-thread performance versus that old dual-core Athlon. Multi-threaded performance will be significantly better as well as these Clarkdales beat the old 65nm Intel Quads in single & multi-threaded cases.
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You should see a pretty sizable gain in single-thread performance versus that old dual-core Athlon. Multi-threaded performance will be significantly better as well as these Clarkdales beat the old 65nm Intel Quads in single & multi-threaded cases.
Ah, okay so he should see maybe a 2-3 times better performance? Would there be a big gain in performance between an i3 and a i5-650 (which was what i was going to get originally)? i was using my GF's i5 650 and seemed to run.. decently fast but hangs up sometimes and i was using a mobile i3 and it seems to run pretty slow, but i think thats cuz its a moble + rep
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Ah, okay so he should see maybe a 2-3 times better performance? Would there be a big gain in performance between an i3 and a i5-650 (which was what i was going to get originally)? i was using my GF's i5 650 and seemed to run.. decently fast but hangs up sometimes and i was using a mobile i3 and it seems to run pretty slow, but i think thats cuz its a moble + rep
It really depends on the application. If all he's doing is surfing the net then you won't really be doing the Core i3 justice relative to that Athlon. But if he's multi-tasking, editing photos, viewing large photos, streaming content, gaming, then the Core i3 would be a nice upgrade for him.

The core i3 540 is essentially a Core i5-650 minus the extra multiplier, which doesn't make much difference when there are Core i3's nearing 5Ghz on high-end air coolers.

Go for the Core i3 and maybe next year put an SSD in his rig to really unleash unleash it.

Your computer is only as fast as the slowest component and unfortunately for most people, the bottleneck is always the HDD and not the CPU itself.
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It is a good upgrade. 7750 is 2008 Athlon 64 X2 65nm chip. i3 -530 is new 32nm chip that only draw 73w at stock. Not to mention the raw speed but also runs cooler. It is hard to find one review because 7750 is early 2008 product. Maybe you can find some numbers in this. You can locate the 7750 on the 2008 chart to see which Intel chip closes to its performance and then try to locate the similar Intel chip in the 2010 chart. Be careful the score numbers since test environment and applications are different so just focus on the ranking and you should get an idea where they are, and even better if you can get a nice board to push it higher.
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