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Comparison of Q9650 vs AMD Phenom II x4 940. Clock for clock
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kschat;12035706 
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.

That Q9550 could also easily be overclocked to that same level.
    
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Originally Posted by turrican9;12035748 
That Q9550 could also easily be overclocked to that same level.

I don't think anyone here is claiming that the i3 is overall faster... We are merely stating that in a game where only two cores can be used (many games) the i3 will win.

The Intel vs. AMD fanboyism is bad enough, now we have 775 vs 1156 fanboys. That is like a fanboy inside of a fanboy. rolleyes.gif
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q9550 is obviously better clock for clock, but the i3 is going to clock a good bit higher and use less power. I'd pick the i3 for the clock speed alone, but both are horrible choices if you're starting from scratch.
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I don't think anyone here is claiming that the i3 is overall faster... We are merely stating that in a game where only two cores can be used (many games) the i3 will win.

The Intel vs. AMD fanboyism is bad enough, now we have 775 vs 1156 fanboys. That is like a fanboy inside of a fanboy. rolleyes.gif

LOL! Even though some games that use only two cores, I still think that clock for clock the Q9550 will be just as fast. It has large L2 Cache and low latencies...
    
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Originally Posted by Airolden;12035709 
WoW and SC2 do not use quad cores doh.gif

They are not written for Quads, no, but if you play the game, in Windows 7, and run CoreTemp, you will see that all 4 cores are utilized. Maybe not very efficiently, nor may it improve perfomance (ie: higher FPS)...but they do use 4 cores. In my experiences, practically anything you run on Windows 7 will utilize 4 cores, even IE8
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For games the Q9550 would be better of in the long term

Personally though

i would get a i5 750 which puts both of them on the deck smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kschat;12035706 
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.

First that is Ci5 CPU and thread is "Q9550 vs i3 in Gaming"..tongue.gif

Second you need 600MHz higher CI5670 to beat Q9550 in Crysis Warhead which is known of being able to use only 2threads and that likes high clocks..

THIS IS real clock per clock comparision between Ci5 650 2C/4Threads and C2Q 4C/4C as both CPU's are @ 3.2GHz and QX9770 is basicly Q9550 running at 3.2GHz..(both 12MB cache as well)..

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Quote:
Originally Posted by kschat;12033863 
Some games yes, but the majority of the games you see today still do not. Not getting upset, don't worry. smile.gif

EDIT:


In gaming yes, that is exactly what I'm saying. The only thing that will really make much of a difference is the extra cache.

I agree with this, to an extent.

In gaming, you likely won't notice much of a a difference between an i3 and a Q9550. Remember, if a game supports 4 cores, it also supports 4 threads, which the i3 has. Also, a common OC for an i3 is around 4.5ghz on air. It's also a 32nm chip, meaning it runs super cool and has a much lower TDP, resulting in good overclocking ability.

I don't intend to tear town the Q9550 at all. That is an absolute beast of a chip. If the Q9550 had HT, it'd be an i7. The Q9550 is head to head with the i5 from what I've seen, so obviously it's a more powerful processor than the i3.

But the question here is "IN GAMING." I believe the i3 is generally a better gaming CPU than the Q9550. Here's my logic:

75 % of games only support dual cores. The i3 will outperform the Q9550 in those games due to it's ability to overclock higher than the Q9550. In the other 25% of games that do support quad cores, the Q9550 will outperform the i3. However, not by much, considering if a game supports 4 cores, it also supports 4 threads, like I said. Add in the higher clock frequency of the i3, and you're looking at a pretty even match.

As for cache, the i3's 4MB will definitely suffice just fine.
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Q9550 because it has more L2 and its pure quad core.
an i3 @ 3.8Ghz might start catching up the Q9550.. this is my theory please dont start going on at me. -_-
    
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