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So as promised earlier I have completed series of benchmarks comparing $120 i3 550 to $320 i7 2600K. Both cpu's have been overclocked to 4.33Ghz. This comparison focuses at gaming performance, and might help some of you decide if it's worth upgrading or not, also those who shop for budget gaming cpu may find this review helpful.<br><br>
Now i3 550 is a Dual-core 32nm 1156 socket budget processor. It represents previous generation CPU family based on Nehalem microarchitecture, though it is still widely available on the market. Specs can be found <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://ark.intel.com/products/48505" target="_blank">here</a><br><br>
I7 2600K on the other hand is top of the line 1155 socket quad core CPU which is based on most recent Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. Specs can be found <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://ark.intel.com/products/52214/Intel-Core-i7-2600K-Processor-(8M-Cache-3_40-GHz)" target="_blank">here</a><br><br><b>Test bench</b><br><br><i>1156 platform:</i><br>
Motherboard: Msi H55M-ED55<br>
Cpu: i3 550 Oc'ed to 4.33Mhz<br><br><i>1155 platform:</i><br>
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67<br>
Cpu: i7 2600K Oc'ed to 4.33Mhz<br><br><i>Common components:</i><br>
Graphics: Asus HD6950 unlocked & Oc'ed to 930/1400Mhz (11.10 preview driver)<br>
Ram: 8Gb (2GBx4) Wintec Ampx DDR3 (i3 550 @ 1440; i7 2600K @ 1343)<br>
SSD: 90 Gb OCZ Agility 2<br>
HDD: 1Tb Samsung 7200Rpm<br>
Case: Fractal Desigh Core 3000<br>
Psu: Antec Neo Eco 520w<br>
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit<br><br><b>Benchmarks performed:</b><br>
- Battlefield 3 Beta<br>
- Battlefield Bad Company 2<br>
- Crysis Warhead<br>
- Crysis 2<br>
- Deus Ex Human Revolution<br>
- Mafia 2<br>
- Metro 2033<br>
- 3dMark 11<br>
- Unigine Heaven<br><br>
I have used fraps to measure Fps during 180 seconds of gameplay.<br><br><b>Results:</b><br><br><i><b>Battlefield 3 Beta</b></i><br><br>
Settings:<br>
VSync=off, All Ultra, No AA, M.Blur=50, AF=16x, Ambient Acc=Hbao.<br>
Testing has been done at Operation Metro map Outdoors only.<br><br><img alt="BF31680x1050.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/BF31680x1050.png"><img alt="BF31920x1200.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/BF31920x1200.png"><br><br><i><b>Battlefield Bad Company 2</b></i><br><br>
Settings:<br>
Everything Maxed, AA=4x, AF=4x, vsync=off<br>
Testing has been done at Atacama Desert map.<br><br><img alt="BFBC21680x1050.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/BFBC21680x1050.png"><img alt="BFBC21920X1200.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/BFBC21920X1200.png"><br><br><i><b>Crysis Warhead</b></i><br><br>
Settings:<br>
Everything Enthusiast, AA=off, Vsync=off<br>
Testing has been Done during "Call Me Ishmael" episode<br><br><img alt="CrysisWarhead1680x1050.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/CrysisWarhead1680x1050.jpg"><img alt="CrysisWarhead1920x1200.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/CrysisWarhead1920x1200.png"><br><br><i><b>Crysis 2</b></i><br><br>
Settings:<br>
Extreme preset, Vsync=off, DX11 Patch installed<br>
"Second Chance" episode<br><br><img alt="Crysis21680x1050.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/Crysis21680x1050.png"><img alt="Crysis21920x1200.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/Crysis21920x1200.png"><br><br><i><b>Deus Ex Human Revolution</b></i><br><br>
Settings:<br>
Everything maxed, AA=MLAA, Vsync=off.<br>
"Tai Yong Medical - Upper city Labs" episode<br><br><img alt="DXHR1680x1050.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/DXHR1680x1050.png"><img alt="DXHR1920x1200.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/DXHR1920x1200.png"><br><br><i><b>Mafia 2</b></i><br>
Settings: Everything Maxed, Vsync=off<br>
"Old Country" episode<br><br><img alt="Mafia21680x1050.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/Mafia21680x1050.png"><img alt="Mafia21920x1200.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/Mafia21920x1200.png"><br><br><i><b>Metro 2033</b></i><br>
Settings: Quality=High, Vsync=off, AA=4x, AF=4x, Tesselation=on, Advanced DOF=off. "Prologue" episode<br><br><img alt="Metro20331680x1050revised.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/Metro20331680x1050revised.png"><img alt="Metro20331920x1200revised.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/Metro20331920x1200revised.png"><br><br><i><b>3dmark 11</b></i><br><br><img alt="3dmark11i3550.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/3dmark11i3550.png"><img alt="3DMARK112600K.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/3DMARK112600K.png"><br><br><i><b>Unigine Heaven</b></i><br><br><img alt="heaveni3550.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/heaveni3550.jpg"><img alt="heaven2600k.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx102/kepkhiev/i3%20550%204_3Ghz%20%20vs%20i7%202600k%204_3Ghz/heaven2600k.jpg"><br><br>
Synthetic benchmark results can be called predictable, although as you can see they not always reflect real games performance. However some people may find these results interesting.<br><br><b>CPUz Screenshots</b><br><i>i3 550:</i><br><br><a class="bbcode_url H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/709412/width/600/height/375/flags/"><img alt="375" class="bbcode_img lightbox-enabled" data-id="709412" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/709412/width/600/height/375" style="width:600px;height:375px;"></a><br><br><i>i7 2600k:</i><br><br><a class="bbcode_url H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/709414/width/600/height/374/flags/"><img alt="374" class="bbcode_img lightbox-enabled" data-id="709414" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/709414/width/599/height/374" style="width:599px;height:374px;"></a><br><br>
In the end i'd like to say that both cpu's are amazing and i really enjoyed comparing them even though they are in totally different "weight categories". As you can see for 115 dollars i3 550 is a kick ass cpu and I'd take it any day over any sandy bridge dual core (i3 21xx series) due to inability of latter to overclock. I can conclude that clarkdale processors when pushed over 4.0Ghz are not much of a bottleneck even for high end single GPU's like hd6970.<br><br>
I also would like to note that ability to overclock differs from chip to chip, however as far as i know when coupled with decent board any clarkdale can reach 4.0ghz. 2600K on the other hand is known as insane overclocker - chips that surpass 5.0ghz are not that rare.<br><br>
I hope some of you guys found this comparison helpful. Have a nice overclocking.
 

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Good work. Metro results are a bit strange.. but I'm surprised the SB CPU doesn't pull ahead further. One thing you seem to have missed out is GTA IV.. I guess you don't own that? <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif">
 

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Was expecting alot more difference between them tbh.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Razi3l;15198251</strong> <br>
Good work. Metro results are a bit strange.. but I'm surprised the SB CPU doesn't pull ahead further. One thing you seem to have missed out is GTA IV.. I guess you don't own that? <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"></div>
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Thanx man and Yeap, i dont have that one <img alt="redface.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/redface.gif">
 

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The SB should be just as fast or faster in all situations at the same clock. I think there's something wrong with these tests here. No hate.
 

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Found the problem with the metro. For whatever reason it didnt want to enable aa during i3 testing. Edited. Looks about right now.
 

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sli wouldve been nice to have
 

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very nice results.. Never thought Dual Core i3 was actually that good.<img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Nice benchmarks, I think this might be very useful for people building gaming rigs on a tight budget. Interesting comparison. Also seeing comparison with 2500K cpu would be interesting. And as said above SLI performance. Nonetheless nice review. Thanks.
 

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Very Interesting !<br><img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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Very nice... Talk about setting the new price/performance just for gaming...<br>
+1 rep...
 

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I think your idea is interesting, but when testing SB, you should really have ddr3/1600 RAM...
 

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I must be missing something, why again is the (cheaper and older) i3 pulling ahead in a ton of these tests (mostly max FPS)?<br><br><img alt="confused.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br>
Is the i3 forcefully clocked at 4.3 while the 2600 is using Turbo and constricting to a single core?<br><br>
These results are unnerving.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>TheEddie;15200558</strong> <br>
I must be missing something, why again is the (cheaper and older) i3 pulling ahead in a ton of these tests (mostly max FPS)?<br><br><img alt="confused.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br>
Is the i3 forcefully clocked at 4.3 while the 2600 is using Turbo and constricting to a single core?<br><br>
These results are unnerving.</div>
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There are many reasons for the variance in max fps. For example, in 1 run I could look at the wall for half a second while turning, and in another i can stop and stare at it for 5 seconds, which would = higher max fps. That is just a simple but possible explanation <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif">
 

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I never would of expected that. Great to see the i3 can also be a great gaming chip. Intel architecture is proving to be a very strong one.
 

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What are the performances like at stock? Not considering an i3 550, but an i3 2100 so I can make the switch to Intel/Sandy Bridge.<br><br>
But I don't wanna lose too much performance, and considering the new i3's cannot overclock, wondering what performances may be.... just in BF3 though <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif">
 

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What are the performances like at stock? Not considering an i3 550, but an i3 2100 so I can make the switch to Intel/Sandy Bridge.<br><br>
But I don't wanna lose too much performance, and considering the new i3's cannot overclock, wondering what performances may be.... just in BF3 though <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"></div>
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Actually, AMD CPUs are <i>faster</i> in BF3.<br><img alt="CPU_02.png" class="bbcode_img" src="http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/448/bench/CPU_02.png">
 

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Wow the I3 surprised me. Nice review/test.
 
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