I have been told that there are core 2 duo cpu's that are better than an i3,i5 or i7 is that true? because im still using ddr2 and i dont want to spend money on buying a ddr3 because i would need to change the ram and video cards? what should i do? BTW im a pc gamer.
LOL. There is about a 15 to 20 percent improvement going from Nehalem clock for clock to sandy bridge, No exaggeration. Look it up Jag, going from the first core 2 to 45 nm core 2's netted around 10 percent. Then a further 10 to 15 percent on the jump to Nehalem.
If you clock a q6600 to 3.0 and an i7 2500 to 3.0ghz, it's going to be any where from 40 to 50 percent faster.
A q6600 score about 170 in Sysmark. (2.4Ghz quad core)
A E8500 scores about 200. (3.16Ghz dual core)
A stock I3-2100 scores about 217. (3.1Ghz dual core w/o H/T)
A stock I5-2500k gets about 260. (3.3Ghz quad core w/o HT)
A stock i7-2600k gets around 275. (3.4Ghz quad core w/HT)
and just for giggles an AMD X6 1100t scores 204 (6 core no HT (thats an intel thing))
So if you just look at the e8500 to I3-2100 the there is not alot of gain to be had, less than 10%, when you just compare the processors.
Not that there aren't palces where these new processesors really shine but we weren't given a specific comparison so a general benchamrk is only fair I think.
My current motherboard right now is a Gigabite model EP43-UD3l and can only take Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo cpu's.
Is it posible that a core 2 duo like the e8500 can beat a Quad Core cpu needed to run game such as the witcher 2 and skyrim?