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Originally Posted by Partol;12423818 
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??

Hyperthreading should help the i3, because it only has 4 threads total to begin with.

Hyperthreading doesn't help the i7, because very few/zero games can make use of more than 4 threads.
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Very Nice review OP glad you showed the world what the i3 is really made of.
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thanks for taking the time to do it.
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I was going to buy a quad core (i5 760) but settled for dual core.

Everything runs flawlessly for tasks such as hd video, games etc. Also less heat and power consumption. 45 c at 4.6 ghz mostly, though i do not need such high frequency.

Speed boost in comparison to my old amd athlon 64 has tripled and that is enough for my needs.
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Originally Posted by petran79;12423993 
I was going to buy a quad core (i5 760) but settled for dual core.

Everything runs flawlessly for tasks such as hd video, games etc. Also less heat and power consumption. 45 c at 4.6 ghz mostly, though i do not need such high frequency.

Speed boost in comparison to my old amd athlon 64 has tripled and that is enough for my needs.

Run with HT. Even if you have to drop down to 4.4 (with HT), the performance boost of having HT on is pretty decent.
    
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This was why I bought a i5 to start with and dropped my AMD x6.

Most games are still going to run as good on a dual core, however newer games are going to take advantage of quad cores and be faster on them.

I may wait to see some pricing options once Bulldozer is released before I replace my i5-2500k setup.

Another thing that weighs on my mind is how long before 6 or 8 cores becomes to new quad core... In that most games just just as good on a quad, but newer games start to love x6 and x8 chips.

Edit: It will happen, there is no question... The question is will it happen before Haswell, or another chip design when I'm ready to upgrade from my 2011 purchase.
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^probably wont be for a while since most games run fine on duals (single card) and some better on quads. Probably in 1-2 years time I guess we'll see games moving to 6 cores or more, but I guess architectures will change too.
    
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Facinating for sure.
Highly suprising to be honest. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Razi3l;12424086 
^probably wont be for a while since most games run fine on duals (single card) and some better on quads. Probably in 1-2 years time I guess we'll see games moving to 6 cores or more, but I guess architectures will change too.

I dunno why you guys keep putting (single card) in there.


i3 and i7 are the same core for core clock for clock correct? There are just more cores with on the i7 than the i3 right?

The i7 won't offer anything extra over the i3 in dual threaded games, even with more gpus if the architecture is the same.

The difference in games where the i3 is bottlenecking like BFBC2 or any other quad supported game will be much larger with a sli setup though.
    
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Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared;12424220 
I dunno why you guys keep putting (single card) in there.


i3 and i7 are the same core for core clock for clock correct? There are just more cores with on the i7 than the i3 right?

The i7 won't offer anything extra over the i3 in dual threaded games, even with more gpus if the architecture is the same.

The difference in games where the i3 is bottlenecking like BFBC2 or any other quad supported game will be much larger with a sli setup though.

Yea thats true, I meant for some of the games out today. 2 cards would generally run fine on even a dual core in most games biggrin.gif
    
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