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I3 530 vs Athlon II X4 620

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April 23, 2010 1:47:51 AM

Both are the same price. Which is better? I will overclock. I will be primarily using my rig for gaming [BFBC2, Total War, COD..], Internet, and a LITTLE Photoshop and Sony Vegas.

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April 23, 2010 2:05:13 AM

I have the 620 and managed to get it to 3.25GHz. The i3, I've heard can get 4GHz but I have also heard the 620 being able to get 3.8GHz.

It kinda depends. The 4 real cores will definitely be an asset in anything that takes advantage of it and the CPU can definitely handle any games quite well. The i3 though is more powerful in each core for sure and has hyperthreading to try to make up for the lack of 2 additional cores.

Here's them both at stock speeds:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/118?vs=106

As you can see the i3 is better in everything except things that are multi-threaded well.

I am surprised you found them both at the same price though; from everything I have seen, the 620 is at $100 and the i3 is at $120.

As a matter of personal preference, I would go with the 620 as I can see the quad keeping it's power longer. I mean, would you rather have a single Athlon FX today or a slower per core but dual core Athlon 64?
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April 23, 2010 2:37:34 AM

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April 24, 2010 5:17:57 PM

both are great but as enzo i also incline towards getting a quad...
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April 24, 2010 5:51:29 PM

I think u would rather go for The one & only "AMD"....:-)(Smarter Choice)
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April 24, 2010 7:01:05 PM

Psycho's i3 got 4ghz on stock voltage/cooler. :) 

If it was me i'd get an i3/cooler and take it to 4.6. However you'll probably get more out of the 620.

BFBC2 also loves quad core.
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