Originally Posted by scyy
Well I'll reiterate then for the people who don't know why the i3 comes up with the i7 in some of the tests.
The reason the i3 comes up close to the i7 in several of them is because the games do not utilize more than 2 cores so the additional cores of the i7 do not come into play. However a couple of the games where the i3 is within afew percentage points of the i7 do utilize 4+ threads(Just cause 2, bad company 2) The reason being with the high overclock of the i3 and the settings these were tested at causes the video card to be the limiting factor so no matter how much faster the i7 could process information the video card just can't run any faster so they come out as essentially the exact same. Now once we get to the games that the i7 does show improved performance the reasons being that they are more cpu intensive games and the additional threads are needed to push the video card to its max.
Also note that the games that came up the same that can utilize 4+ threads would show a major difference in performance had this been done with a top of the line single video card(580/6970/570) or sli/xfire since the cpu would then become the limiting factor with the i3.
This thread will be useful to the few who run an i3 with a single GPU setup. The point that you made (that I've bolded) about how the GPU was the limiting factor should be obvious to everyone! I think it's common knowledge that, at higher resolutions and settings maxed, the GPU becomes the limiting factor. No one doubted this! The point is that there are people out there who go for the single GPU setup with an i7, and this thread "proves" that there is little to no reason for this, considering the i3 can give you close-to-the-same performance.
Forgot to thank the OP for such an informative review. Thanks OP!