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Performance of the i5 3330?

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November 21, 2012 9:34:35 AM

I've been looking at the 3rd gen i5s (and motherboard) to replace my 455 x3 and the i5 3330 looks like a good budget choice but there is a lack of reviews and data about the performance about the chip.
So can anyone shed some light on the subject?

thanks.

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November 21, 2012 11:00:40 AM

the i5-3330 gives similar performance to the slightly older i5-2400 while adding a few new features. you can compare the i5-2400 to the athlon II x3 455 in the link below (they currently have not reviewed the i5-3330) and see that switching to the i5-3330 would be a noticeable difference. while it is a very good upgrade in terms of CPU performance, if you are looking for graphic improvement (for gaming, etc.,) you may need to look at GPU options instead/also depending on your PC hardware.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/202?vs=363
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November 21, 2012 9:15:35 PM

I currently have and use a AFOX AMD HD6850. Which upgrade would i most benefit from?
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November 22, 2012 1:11:41 PM

its not an easy question as their are different paths depending on your desires

obviously the i5-3330 is more then enough for gaming and an excellent upgrade over an athlon II x3 if you just want a faster CPU

questions arise if you are planning an upgrade to improve gaming performance? in most games the heavy work is done by your GPU (while a few rely more on the CPU) especially at higher resolutions like 1080p. the AMD 6850 is a solid GPU but can struggle at 1080p @ very high settings depending on the game. upgrading the CPU would do little for gaming performance in such games that are held back by the GPU.

if budget is an issue, the cost of the i5-3330 + new motherboard would be better served for gaming by getting a FX-4170 (or phenom II x4/6 if any are still out there) and a new GPU like the AMD 7850.

if budget is not an issue then going with an i5 + new GPU is a no brainer (once again assuming you want better gaming performance and your AMD 6850 is holding you back)
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November 22, 2012 5:08:08 PM

My suggestion is to upgrade the CPU. The Athlon II X3 is a bit slow and is causing a small to a somewhat moderate bottleneck for games. So in essence, it is holding back your graphics card a bit.
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November 22, 2012 6:51:02 PM

Get a phenom II x4 965 BE. They are, in the UK anyway, less than half the price of the i5 2500k.

The 965 is only 25% slower than the 2500k. The difference in gaming? Not noticeable, and not worth the £90* premium.


*The 965 BE costs £70, the i5 2500k costs £160-£170. 200% of the price, for 125% of the performance.
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November 25, 2012 6:06:52 PM

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