Hi all, I have a choice between 2 PCs.
Both have exact same spec and are the same price, only difference between them is the processor:
1. Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q8300 Processor (2.50GHz, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB)
2. Intel Core i3 Processor 550 (3.20GHz, 4MB)
I've looked at a benchmark here using the closest spec in the dropdowns(differences: Q8200, 2.33Ghz instead of Q8300, 2.50GHz, and i3 540 3.06GHz 512Kb instead of 550 3.20GHz 4MB).
Going by this it looks like the i3 does better overall, but also noticed that the Quad-Core does worse on some of the tests. I'm not a hardware geek so I don't really know what's being measured for most of those tests!
I'd be interested to hear which processor you would go with and why.
Or if you know another site that can give a benchmark of the exact specs I want to compare, that would also be great.
I would go with the i3. While the C2Q has 4 cores the i3 has 2 physical cores and 2 logical (hyper threading). The extra clock speed on the i3 is a big difference. That is why in some of the test the C2Q wins. The i3 has a much higher clock speed and more efficient architecture and is much newer.
Hope that helps a bit, would go with the i3 hands down. I hear they are great over clockers as well.