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i dont know if thats the case in uk but the sole purpose of taking 1156 platform is because its cheaper overall.....
at least it is cheaper than 1366 in my area.........
Yea its generally a lot cheaper here though you can find used X58 stuff for almost the same.
    
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Good review, although I would have liked to see if the i5 would have faired in the testing, and it would be interesting to see if the i5 slots in perfectly in the middle.
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Nice

I've argued with a few people in the past about the i3's being fine for BFBC but no, people insist you NEED a quad.
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Nice

I've argued with a few people in the past about the i3's being fine for BFBC but no, people insist you NEED a quad.
Well people have to justify their purchase to them selves somehow
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Good review, although I would have liked to see if the i5 would have faired in the testing, and it would be interesting to see if the i5 slots in perfectly in the middle.
He tested the i7 with hyperthreading off, so that basically was an i5 test, minus the triple channel. There's very little difference from i5 to i7 in gaming.
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Minimum FPS is the more important thing here, if you ask me. The fact that it's not there on some of them is quite disappointing, but good benchies otherwise.
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Two words: Minimum FPS.
Very true. The i7 clearly beats the i3 in minimum frame rates in every tested game except BC2.

I love the Clarkdale i3, mainly for its low power consumption and ability to reach 4GHz+ on intel stock cooler, but it has its limitations. There are times, when lots of NPC's or enemies/players or physics objects are on-screen and fps drops to 30-45. I even experienced this in Fallout:New Vegas which is light on the gpu but sometimes very hard on the cpu (example: Nipton and especially the strip).

The i3 beating the i7 in minimum frame rates in BC2 looks suspicious to me. Would be nice to see a re-bench of that. BC2 is hard on the cpu, single player too. IMHO, 4 real cores on the i7 should beat the i3 in minimum frame rates in BC2 in single player benchmark .... unless the minimum frame rate is not due a cpu bottleneck (but due to what?)
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Very true. The i7 clearly beats the i3 in minimum frame rates in every tested game except BC2.

I love the Clarkdale i3, mainly for its low power consumption and ability to reach 4GHz+ on intel stock cooler, but it has its limitations. There are times, when lots of NPC's or enemies/players or physics objects are on-screen and fps drops to 30-45. I even experienced this in Fallout:New Vegas which is light on the gpu but sometimes very hard on the cpu (example: Nipton and especially the strip).

The i3 beating the i7 in minimum frame rates in BC2 looks suspicious to me. Would be nice to see a re-bench of that. BC2 is hard on the cpu, single player too. IMHO, 4 real cores on the i7 should beat the i3 in minimum frame rates in BC2 in single player benchmark .... unless the minimum frame rate is not due a cpu bottleneck (but due to what?)
The minimums on BC2 are well within the range of error. It's impossible to recreate the exact same thing to the letter. He may have looked at several concurrent explosions more directly on the i7 runs and thus his video card dropped the fps slightly more. For all intents and purposes the i3 and i7 are dead even in bc2 single player because of the max video settings. Also as OP said in multiplayer where the cpu is stressed much more the i7 completely takes the lead.
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Good read.. +REP
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Bumping thread, but to make a point:

I think it's a fantastic review, but there is a problem. It seems that in most cases you hit a GPU bottleneck and not a CPU one, and so if you really want to see the gaming performance of a CPU you should have run the tests at 800x600, the lowest resolutions, so that you wouldn't hit a GPU bottleneck, but instead you would hit a CPU bottleneck.
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