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Which should I get? Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 or Intel Core i3 2100?

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October 4, 2011 2:22:47 PM

Which one performs faster and performs well in gaming?

http://ark.intel.com/products/53422/Intel-Core-i3-2100-...(3M-Cache-3_10-GHz)
http://ark.intel.com/products/36503/Intel-Core2-Duo-Pro...(3M-Cache-2_93-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB)

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October 4, 2011 2:48:16 PM

The i3 2100 is much faster than the E7500.
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October 4, 2011 2:49:43 PM

definitely the 2100 it is much faster and comes with hyperthreading which increases performance another 15%
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October 4, 2011 2:50:44 PM

Well, this isn't much of a comparison. The i3 is both a newer architecture and clocked faster. It also supports the current LGA1155 instead of being on a socket that is no longer used. So the i3 hands down.

Only reason to get an E7500 is if you already have the motherboard for it and you are doing a processor upgrade.
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October 4, 2011 2:59:43 PM

not sure how the e7500 snuck in there.

If you were considering older chips because you had the right socket, you can easily get an e8500 (used, but hey) for <£50

but a straight fight between i3 and e7500, probably the i3 twice over.

On a side note, the e8500 is still a competitive chip and I recently upgraded with one from an e5200 or something.

Stable at around 3.9Ghz overclocked if you're into that, though I think my m/b is holding me back on that.
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October 4, 2011 3:09:02 PM

The move from the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo to the 1st generation Intel Core processors yeilded around a 15% -20% preformance increase at the same speed. The move from the 1st generation Intel Core processors to the 2nd generation yeilded an additional 10% to 15% improvement. In the end you are looking at around a 30% or more preformance improvement at the same speed from from the Intel Core 2 Duo to the Intel Core processor.

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October 4, 2011 3:21:47 PM

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