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May 6, 2013 8:49:08 PM

Hi. I bought an i3 3220. I used to have a phenom ii x6 1045T but for economical reasons I had to sell that computer. Is it normal that my new computer feels so slow specially when I'm doing several things at the same time (like web-surfing + watching a movie(discontinuously) + word + matlab) I only feel my new computer faster when I'm playing videogames. Should I be worried? thanks.

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May 6, 2013 8:59:24 PM

The 6 core cpu would be better at multitasking. But in programs(like many games) that use fewer cores would benefit from faster cores vs more cores.
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May 6, 2013 9:01:00 PM

When you are doing many things at the same having more cores is better.
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May 6, 2013 9:07:48 PM

But you shouldn't see any difference in a IB i3 vs a phenom x6.
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May 6, 2013 10:57:54 PM

A dual core will be slower then a 6 core for multitasking. Especially a Phenom which is a true 6 core.

That said, a I3 shouldn't feel "slow"- How is your CPU usage? And temperature?
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May 7, 2013 1:03:54 AM

There is a small chance that when you installed this system the ram did not set itself to the correct speed, it couldn't hurt to check in the BIOS that it is set correctly. It is a small, but noticeable difference if you ram is set to 1333 and it is supposed to be 1600. The timings are also important, 9-9-9-27, or what ever it is supposed to be. Check with ram manufacturer to get correct timings.
Another thing is the hard drive. Did your old system have a 7200 RPM drive and this one is 5400 RPM? That could make things feel slower too.
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May 7, 2013 6:27:17 AM

avjguy2362 said:
There is a small chance that when you installed this system the ram did not set itself to the correct speed, it couldn't hurt to check in the BIOS that it is set correctly. It is a small, but noticeable difference if you ram is set to 1333 and it is supposed to be 1600. The timings are also important, 9-9-9-27, or what ever it is supposed to be. Check with ram manufacturer to get correct timings.
Another thing is the hard drive. Did your old system have a 7200 RPM drive and this one is 5400 RPM? That could make things feel slower too.


Hi. My current computer has i3 3220, 4GB Ram DDR3 1333Mhz cl9, HDD 1TB 7200rpm, Nvidia gtx 560ti (reference, no OC), PSU Thermaltake TR2 600w. My old computer had phenom ii X6 1045T, 8GB Ram DDR3 1333mhz cl9, HDD 1.5TB 7200rpm, hd 6870 (non reference with OC), Thermaltake TR2 600W.

Sometimes when I'm surfing the web, when I open a lot of tabs the computer start to "pause" and that's annoying, and sometimes I'm writing and what I wrote starts appearing on the screen like 2 seconds after I wrote that... my old computer never did that... I regret a bit having listened to the advice given to me in some forum about buying the i3, mostly because the 1045T costs now 89USD on Ebay (the shipping to Colombia would have cost around 20USD) , and the i3 cost me around 140 USD here in Colombia... it was actually more expensive... I thought that the intel solution would be a lot faster...
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May 7, 2013 10:56:15 AM

4GB ram in your new PC? Hmm. Perhaps you are running out and swapping. If you have a 64 bit OS you should usually have more then 4 GB.
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May 7, 2013 11:30:21 AM

It should not be doing that, there is an issue somewhere. The first thing I would think of is ram usage.
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May 7, 2013 1:37:45 PM

smeezekitty said:
A dual core will be slower then a 6 core for multitasking. Especially a Phenom which is a true 6 core.

That said, a I3 shouldn't feel "slow"- How is your CPU usage? And temperature?


CPU ussage = around 20% when I check in the task manager
temperature = 55º (according to realtemp after 1 minute of 100% of load using everest)
OS = Win7 64bits
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May 7, 2013 1:38:47 PM

k1114 said:
It should not be doing that, there is an issue somewhere. The first thing I would think of is ram usage.


RAM usage = 2.16GB (when I check in the task manager)
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a c 139 à CPUs
May 7, 2013 2:38:09 PM

Is that when it pauses?
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