Originally Posted by _GTech
I look at the very nice i5-661, which by all rights is a powerful little chip as it can achieve high overclocks on an Air Cooler, just like the Sandy Bridge CPUs, except the only problem is, it's a dual core...
Intel being too smart for their customers decided to slap a very hefty price tag on their Core i3/i5 Dual Core CPUs which in turn made them a senseless buy for most consumers, despite their overclock-ability & hyper threading performance gains.
If you look at the prices listed below you can see where this article gains validity in view of the cost...
Intel Core i3/i5 Processor Cost:
i3-540 = $123
i3-550 = $130
i5-650 = $190
i5-661 = $215
i5-680 = $310
When we start stacking the i3s/i5s vs other Quad Cores or Dual Cores you can see the gross margin of error..
Quad Core i5-760 = $210 (This chip will destroy all i3/i5s in any comparison)
Core 2 Quad Q-8400 = $170
Core 2 Duo E7500 = $125
Pentium E5500 = $73
Celeron Dual Core E5400 = $54
Despite these i5s & i3s having a GPU inside of the CPU, theses chips are better suited for the Mobile Market where an On-board GPU is primarily used the most. I'm not saying they don't have a use in Desktops, but the price is too substantial to warrant using them over the standard on-board video controller which comes with mATX motherboards. Nevertheless if video is the consumers main concern it would make more sense to buy an entry level or mid-range video card to obtain a substantial gain in performance over the i3/i5 GPUs integrated into the CPU...
Add to the fact that you have to use a more expensive RAM & Motherboard, the cost vs the benefit points to the real reason why I, and possibly many others, think that the i3/i5 Dual Core CPUs are a FAIL...
Just my 2 Cents I suppose...
Do you think the Core i3/i5 Dual Core CPUs are a FAIL too?
Except the core i architecture is quite a bit faster clock-for-clock than S775, plus you get hyperthreading and lower TDP's, so a basic price comparison between 1156 and 775 doesn't do the situation justice.
On the other hand, I wouldn't spend the extra money for one of the higher-end i3 or i5 cpu's if you plan to OC, since they all just about hit the same speed.
But an i3 or i5 would probably be overkill for 98% of the computer users out there, so no, they're not "fail." And I'd say a pretty good bang-for-buck.