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INTEL CORE i3 2100 3.10Ghz (3MB CACHE) Good enough ?

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February 10, 2012 5:38:52 PM

Hi all, I want to ask about core i3 HT technology, that it has 2 cores but i read some where that windows will recognize it as a quad-core cpu, i wanna ask you in terms of gaming, will games be running on 2 cores or 4 cores? or if it even does not perform as a true quad core, would it work as at least a tri-core cpu, and if it will be enough for modern games in medium-high graphics, i am not a hardcore gamer i just want to play games at whatever settings but with good fps i am fine with medium to high graphics (Resolution: 1366*768, because its the highest my monitor can handle) so i don't have a budget for quad core i5, I currently have an Intel Pentium G620 2.6GHz and GeForce GTX 550 Ti but when i play games my cpu usage goes to exact 100% and GPU usage just around 40-50% and even those games which needs lower end graphics card runs with lags so i am assuming that my CPU is holding my GPU back, so i don't know what should i do should i upgrade my CPU to get the full benefit of my Graphics card, would upgrading from G620 to core i3 will be worth a upgrade or will i be just wasting my money, and with i3 will my GPU perform as it should ? and the usage of CPU and GPU will be balanced.


PS: When i run the benchmark with 3dmark05 it does 3 GPU tests in which fps was going like 100-200 and when it ran 2 CPU tests fps hardly reached 20 fps it was like 10-15 fps at most.


Thanks in advance for any help i really appreciate any help, i have been searching for like weeks but i didn't find a good answer. I hope that you guys would help me.
February 10, 2012 5:58:53 PM

BigMack70 said:
You'll see a sizable increase in performance from the i3-2100. The i3-2100 is currently the best budget gaming processor for anyone not wanting to step up to the likes of a 2500k.

It's not going to perform as well as a quad core i5, but it will beat pretty much any quad core from AMD. It's probably better these days to think about comparing architectures more than comparing core counts.


Thanks brother for such a quick and great reply so if i get i3 2100 with my gtx 550 ti then i won't be needing any other upgrade ? and the i3 won't bottleneck with my GPU? and will my GPU perform at its peak ?
February 10, 2012 6:12:28 PM

BigMack70 said:
You'll see a sizable increase in performance from the i3-2100. The i3-2100 is currently the best budget gaming processor for anyone not wanting to step up to the likes of a 2500k.

It's not going to perform as well as a quad core i5, but it will beat pretty much any quad core from AMD. It's probably better these days to think about comparing architectures more than comparing core counts.


Wrong, The price difference between the 2100 and the i5 2500k is very small but the performance increase is huge so therefore the 2500k is the best budget gaming processor
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February 10, 2012 6:16:36 PM

BigMack70 said:
Eventually you'll need to upgrade everything :p 

However, an i3-2100 should pair nicely with a 550ti and reduce most of the bottlenecking you are seeing.


Haha :na:  that i already knew. I mean you can't stick with the same system for years these days because the technology is growing very fast i just wanted to do some gaming as i am not a regular gamer i just want to play games when i have free time so upgrading to a quad core i5 or any high end GPU like 560 or 570 or even 580 will be useless for me i just wanted to know that by upgrading my processor i won't be wasting my money i mean if its not worth a upgrade form G620 so why waste money and moreover i don't do much gaming but at least i want to take full advantage of my current GPU its like i buy that GPU for nothing if its efficiency is not fully usable with that processor.

Well Thanks for helping me out so guess i'll be upgrading my G620 to core I3-2100. To enjoy my GPU performance.
February 10, 2012 7:07:12 PM

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February 10, 2012 7:55:38 PM

seumas_beathan said:
Wrong, The price difference between the 2100 and the i5 2500k is very small but the performance increase is huge so therefore the 2500k is the best budget gaming processor


The lesson this evening, fellow PC enthusiasts, is that the i5-2500K is not a budget-level processor. :) 
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February 10, 2012 8:14:45 PM

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