Core 2 duo v core i3

Hello,
just wanted to know which would be the better one to purchase the core 2 duo or the core i3
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  1. The I3, c2d is a thing of the past and the platform (socket) has come to end of its life.
  2. Yep.
  3. Just a FYI...

    Buying an i3 and either a P67 or Z68 motherboard will allow you to upgrade your CPU in the future to an i5-2500k (or whatever Ivy Bridge will replace that CPU) and allow you to overclock. All "K" model i5/i7 CPUs have unlocked multipliers which allows for easy overclocks.

    i3 CPUs are not very overclockable because they have locked cores. At most 300MHz - 400MHz if you adjust the frequency.
  4. Yes yes yes.
    On stage today is kajabla in the role of yes-man.
  5. definately the core i3
    but remember one thing i3 have two generations, 2nd generation of i3 have more performance per price

    that is go for i3-2100 around 120$
  6. jaguarskx said:
    Just a FYI...

    Buying an i3 and either a P67 or Z68 motherboard will allow you to upgrade your CPU in the future to an i5-2500k (or whatever Ivy Bridge will replace that CPU) and allow you to overclock. All "K" model i5/i7 CPUs have unlocked multipliers which allows for easy overclocks.

    i3 CPUs are not very overclockable because they have locked cores. At most 300MHz - 400MHz if you adjust the frequency.


    You can't adjust the frequency (to any useful level), but I thought there was the ability to adjust the multiplier but only by a limited amount.
  7. I see no reference to it on intels site, http://ark.intel.com/products/series/53242

    and the i3's don't even have turbo boost.
  8. at present, core i3 2100 or higher would be much better than a core2duo. coupled with a h67 or a z68 motherboard, and a good gfx card, it'll make a good pc.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/54?vs=289
  9. Quote:
    have you forgot i3-2120k


    It does not exist. Only rumors, and that was back around May 2011.
  10. I actually did some science fair research on this. i3 is going to be almost twice as good as core 2 duo.
  11. While you could make an argument for an overclocked e8400 strictly for gaming, it's not a very good one.

    The e8400 would probably edge the i3 in games that are limited to two cores, while the i3 would take the advantage back (due 2/2 HT) in games that supported 3+.

    That's a very limited scope and approach though. The 775 platform is vastly inferior to 1155. Its use of a dedicated northbridge versus the 1155s DMI (on die memory and pci-e lanes) is its own worst enemy. One it's significantly slower, and second it generates a TON of heat.

    Stick with 1155. It's a modern platform that represents a great balance of performance, efficiency and price.
  12. i3 second generation will beat the hell out of any core 2 duo even core 2 quad and extreme (not GTA type games)... and memory performance in the core i3 is vastly superior
  13. you can include gta4 too, i play it on a duel core athlon with a 6770 @ 1920x1200 at 40fps
    so i3 can easily handle gta4 too
  14. 13thmonkey said:
    You can't adjust the frequency (to any useful level), but I thought there was the ability to adjust the multiplier but only by a limited amount.

    The multiplier changes the frequency. It multiplies the frequency of the FSB. I believe you can get the i3s to stick at their maximum Turbo Boost frequency.
  15. Thought you were talking bclck/fsb as opposed to overall freq.
  16. Ah, got it. This'll be fine, though.
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