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post #21 of 54
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The Q9550 can also in many cases, be overclocked up to 4GHz..

While this is true you still won't see much benefit using it over an i3, the two extra cores simply won't be used in the majority of games.
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post #22 of 54
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The i3 will overclock higher than a Q9550 will. It is simply easier overclocking a dual core.
Maybe 4.4 or at best 4.5GHz? The Q9550 still has 4 real cores.. And many games and appz takes advantage of that nowadays... So it would be faster than the i3 at 4.4GHz when at 4GHz, for many things..
    
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Games are being more and more mutithreaded especially upcomming releases so Quad is way to go..

Ci3 530 is the best Dual core CPU (4 threads) there is but still can't keep up with a real Quad like Q9550..

I posted THIS LINK to benchmarks and clearly Q9550 outperforms Ci3 530 even at lower freq (2.83 vs 2.93GHz) and without TURBO multiplier..

I would like to see those situations when Ci3 530 outperforms Q9550..

And when both OC'd @ same clocks Ci3 stands no chance..

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Yeah... That Anandtech link KingT linked to, really shows it all. I too would like to see situations where the i3 beats the Q9550 clock for clock...
    
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q9550 is obviously faster. Saying otherwise = wrong
    
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post #26 of 54
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While this is true you still won't see much benefit using it over an i3, the two extra cores simply won't be used in the majority of games.
Thats simply not true many games can utilize 4 cores. If this was a year ago you would be right, but quad cores are pretty much a standard in any serious gaming PC now, developers know this. But like others have said, more catch is better and 12mb of catch is huge.

WoW, bad company 2 and SC2 all use 4 cores. I know this because I have been monitoring each core when I play these games. For the most part each core utilization goes up equally.

Upgrading to an i3 from a Core 2 Duo simply doesn't make sense though, neither does building a new lga775 system now. If someone were to build a new gaming PC a real AMD quad or a i5/i7 would be a much better choice.
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Those 775 Quad CPUs is still very fast. At least those with 12MB Cache... I remember when the i7 was released... Q9xxx was faster in many games, due to HT and higher latency slowing down the i7 systems...
    
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Thats simply not true many games can utilize 4 cores. If this was a year ago you would be right, but quad cores are pretty much a standard in any serious gaming PC now, developers know this.

WoW, bad company 2 and SC2 all use 4 cores. I know this because I have been monitoring each core when I play these games. For the most part each core utilization goes up equally.

Upgrading to an i3 from a Core 2 Duo simply doesn't make sense though, neither does building a new lga775 system now. If someone were to build a new gaming PC a real AMD quad or a i5/i7 would be a much better choice.
I agree that if building a new system today that 775 is not the way to go. However, I would not have chosen a AMD system over a Core2 Quad system If I had to choose... AMD Phenom II is slower than Core2 Quads with 12MB Cache, clock for clock. AMD Phenom II needs to run at at least 200MHz more to compete..

However i5 or i7 would be the better choice...
    
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post #29 of 54
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/50?vs=145

Well it looks like if you clock a dual core i5 high enough it will beat the Q9550 in most games. I really do think that if the dual core i3/i5's had more cache they would beat a Q9550. The fact that the Q9550 is a quad core processor doesn't help in games. Although games are being developed right now for utilize more cores the majority still do not (as I've said before).

EDIT: Note though that the i5 does need considerably more clocks then the Q9550.
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post #30 of 54
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Originally Posted by james_ant View Post
Thats simply not true many games can utilize 4 cores. If this was a year ago you would be right, but quad cores are pretty much a standard in any serious gaming PC now, developers know this. But like others have said, more catch is better and 12mb of catch is huge.

WoW, bad company 2 and SC2 all use 4 cores. I know this because I have been monitoring each core when I play these games. For the most part each core utilization goes up equally.

Upgrading to an i3 from a Core 2 Duo simply doesn't make sense though, neither does building a new lga775 system now. If someone were to build a new gaming PC a real AMD quad or a i5/i7 would be a much better choice.
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