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Very nice to see i3 vs i7 comparison. Great job. I'll rep you as soon as I can.

The shows how a OC'd i3 is good enough for most games with a single gpu/single graphics card. I am running i3 530@ 3.99GHz with OC'd GTX 580 and Nvidia 3D vision and it works great for gaming, especially in 3D because of the extra heavy load on the gpu. I am usually gpu limited in 3D games, or I hit the 60fps v-sync limit (v-sync is on in 3D).

Big question: Why did you turn off hyperthreading on the i7?
Hyperthreading is the main benefit of the i7 over the i5. It would be nice to see another benchmark i7 w/HT on. Anyways, great benchmarking idea. super job. specool.gif
     
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Originally Posted by Partol;12423627 
First post. Just joined because of this thread.

Very nice to see i3 vs i7 comparison. Great job. I'll rep you as soon as I can.

The shows how a OC'd i3 is good enough for most games with a single gpu/single graphics card. I am running i3 530@ 3.99GHz with OC'd GTX 580 and Nvidia 3D vision and it works great for gaming, especially in 3D because of the extra heavy load on the gpu. I am usually gpu limited in 3D games, or I hit the 60fps v-sync limit (v-sync is on in 3D).

Big question: Why did you turn off hyperthreading on the i7?
Hyperthreading is the main benefit of the i7 over the i5. It would be nice to see another benchmark i7 w/HT on. Anyways, great benchmarking idea. super job. specool.gif

This was mainly to see how they compare in games, and HT doesn't really help the i7 in games, and in some performance even decreases. It does a lot for other things like video rendering and stuff.
    
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Maybe this will shut up those who insist on saying "Dual core is dead for gaming".

It's never really been about how many cores you have, buy WHAT you can do with the cores you have.

Well done.
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in the games where the i3 outperformed the i7, it was only by a 3-4 frames.

in the games where the i7 outperformed the i3, it was by 5-15 frames.

i think you would notice a bigger difference with an i7. the i3 is a good chip nonetheless.
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I should also point out that in multiplayer mode, for BC2, the i7 is faster.
    
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Pretty cool thanks for the review.
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I should also point out that in multiplayer mode, for BC2, the i7 is faster.

Then show us the multi player results, please.
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Then show us the multi player results, please.

It would be hard, since its not always gonna be the same. I mean, with singleplayer its always the same, you can do it exactly the same to keep it 'fair', where as with MP it will always be different, and you can't really record a time demo to bench later. The difference isn't more than about a few fps.
    
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Then show us the multi player results, please.

This.

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Maybe this will shut up those who insist on saying "Dual core is dead for gaming".

It's never really been about how many cores you have, buy WHAT you can do with the cores you have.

Very true. But dont forget. i3 has hyperthreading too.

HT helps the i3 for games, right? Or should I turn off HT on my i3 when gaming??
     
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