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Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by gregor1997, Feb 27, 2011.
Which one is better for gaming?
intel core i5 2400. most, if not all, games don't even use all 6 cores.
i5 no questions asked. a 6 core computer is for things like 3d imaging not gaming.
Raven can guess what I'm going to say without me needing to.
Rule of thumb - Intel CPUs are 30% stronger than AMD CPUs. This is based on AthlonII vs Core 2, and Core i (before Sandy Bridge) vs PhenomII. A Core i7-930 (and later tha 950, which has the same price as the 930 but a higher clock) would greatly outperform the best PhenomII 1090T BE or even the 1100T BE.
Newsflash: Sandy Bridge CPUs (known as Core i3/5/7 2xxx) have 40% better performance than the older Core i range. How does that stack up against PhenomII? Do the math.
Warning: Spoilers inside!
For those who can't do the math, it comes up to around 82% better performance than AMD CPUs. And that's without taking into account how easy it is to overclock a Core i5-2500K to 4.5Ghz or a Core i7-2600K to 4.5Ghz (the difference is HyperThreading on the Core i7 means 8 threads instead of 4)
The only fly in the proverbial soup, is the problem Intel have had with their LGA 1155 (Sandy Bridge) motherboards with B2 stepping. There is a design flaw that causes the SATAII controller to degrade over three years. Not all motherboards are affected (someone said somewhere that it's only a 20-30% chance of being affected), but it's enough of a problem that Intel have issued a recall to all P/H67 motherboards. Some retailers have decided to sell them anyway, because the SATA 6Gbs ports are unaffected so they are still fully functional (even if that limits to only 2 garanteed SATA ports).
Someone also said that motherboards with B3 stepping (i.e. the fixed design) are expected to be released in March/April.
Athlon II was meant to compete against Pentium Dual Core
Phenom II against Core 2
they havnt released anything to compete with the core i series besides the 6 core cpu
Hmm... I guess I lost track after a while then. I just think of it as "low budget system = AMD, mid/high budget system = Intel". Still looking forward to AMD Bulldozer though.
they both preform about the same but really you can better save some money and go for a Phenom II X4 955 without really losing much performance.
If you're gonna get a new CPU, you might as well wait until more AMD Fusion CPUs start hitting retail. But other than that really, I'd go with buying an i5.