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I was wondering how the 1st gen i3s (OC'd) compare to the i3-2100. I'm looking sell my current CPU/MoBo/RAM to "upgrade" to an i3, and both are around the same price in terms of CPU and motherboards, so I'm not sure which to go with. What do you guys think?

BTW, I play mostly StarCraft II and CS 1.6, so dual cores are all I need!
 
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I wondering this too. The old i3s were great overclockers...
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I wondering this too. The old i3s were great overclockers...
Hopefully an informed Intel user can help us both!
 
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This is the thread I've been waiting for. It's a difficult decision, which i3 to buy.

Also, consider that, when Ivy bridge is released, it may be possible to install a ivy bridge i3 on a 1155 motherboard. But this is not 100% for sure yet.

My opinion is .... if you're an expert overclocker, then i3-5xx + H55 will be much much more fun. Plus, H55 boards are usually a little cheaper than H67 boards.

If you dont overclock or you want future upgrade to Ivy Bridge on 1155 board (although this is not guaranteed), then i3-21xx + H67/P67.

I would love to see benchmarks i3-5xx @ 4GHz vs stock i3-21xx.

I will buy a 1155 board, after Ivy Bridge is released. That's my current plan.
     
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I would love to see benchmarks i3-5xx @ 4GHz vs stock i3-21xx.
More like 4.4GHz. 32nm for the win.
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More like 4.4GHz. 32nm for the win.
Is the i3-2100's architecture that much better? I can't find any benchmarks comparing the two side by side, and the current reviews of them separately use different rigs, so I can't be sure of what the actual difference would be.
 
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More like 4.4GHz. 32nm for the win.
Which i3 (Westmere or SB) ? They are both 32nm. SB i3's can't overclock nor do they have turbo.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by onoz View Post
Is the i3-2100's architecture that much better? I can't find any benchmarks comparing the two side by side, and the current reviews of them separately use different rigs, so I can't be sure of what the actual difference would be.
Referring to the i3 5xx. Should have specified.

I don't believe you can overclock with the new i3s, they're all locked.

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Which i3 (Westmere or SB) ? They are both 32nm. SB i3's can't overclock nor do they have turbo.
Like I said.

Edited by thisischuck01 - 3/16/11 at 4:39pm
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old i3 will win when oc'ed is my guess. wont even come close to my 4.7ghz
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old i3 will win when oc'ed is my guess. wont even come close to my 4.7ghz
That's what I'm betting on too. It's too bad they locked the new i3s, I would have used them to build couple rigs for my friends going off to college.
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