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April 3, 2012 4:15:06 PM

Which procceser would be better for gaming i3, i5 vs. Amd A6 (quad), A8 (quad)?

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April 3, 2012 4:21:48 PM

i5 hands down.
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April 3, 2012 4:22:55 PM

AN I5-2500k or a I5 2400 is the way to go if you want to spend that much. A AMD PhenomII x4 965 is another option if you want to overclock to 4.0-4.2ghz but you'll need a cooler. $25 gets you a decent cooler for an I5 or PhenomII.
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April 3, 2012 4:37:38 PM

dj31499 said:
Which procceser would be better for gaming i3, i5 vs. Amd A6 (quad), A8 (quad)?


since this is the laptop section i assume you want a laptop

i5 is the best processor among the ones you mentioned

however for pc gaming gpu is more impotant than the processor

an i5 with a hd 3000 will be far worse than an i3 with a gt540

so please check the gpu otherwise the i5 will be the best

if you are talking about a desktop an i5 2500k will be your best bet
the k in the end represents that it is overclockable
i5 2500 are not overclockable as far asfar as i remember

combine the i5 with a good dgpu
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April 3, 2012 4:44:20 PM

desktop gaming with discreet gaming gfx card:
from better to worse:
sb i5 overclocked > sb i5 > sb i3 > amd a8 overclocked > amd a6 oc > amd a8 stock > amd a6 stock.
desktop gaming with integrated gpu:
amd a8 overclocked (cpu + gpu) > amd a6 oc > amd a8 stock > amd a6 stock > sb i5 overclocked > sb i5 > sb i3
laptop gaming with discreet gaming gfx (no amd dual gfx in specific cases):
sb i5 > sb i3 > amd a8 > amd a6
laptop gaming with igpu:
amd a8 > amd a6 > sb i5 > sb i3
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April 3, 2012 5:01:49 PM

Coming from someone with a 4.5ghz phenom 2 x6 1100t(the best amd processor out), Go with the I5 hands down more power for gaming, I myself find im constantly being bottlenecked by high end games like witcher 2, crysis 2 etc i dont even hit 70% load on my gtx 570 when vsynch is off lol. This has me ordering an LGA 2011 I7 3820
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April 3, 2012 5:38:09 PM

pabst website has the original answer. its all right here
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April 3, 2012 5:40:55 PM

i5 All the way!
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April 3, 2012 5:56:21 PM

If you are going to rely on the integrated graphics core in those CPUs, then the Llano A8 is the best for gaming.

If the laptop you are going to buy will also include a discrete graphics card, then the Core i5 will be better for games.
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April 3, 2012 6:12:12 PM

even though the i3 or i5 is not quad core for games like gta 4
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April 3, 2012 6:25:01 PM

dj31499 said:
even though the i3 or i5 is not quad core for games like gta 4

afaik mobile sb i3 and i5 are dual cores. and only one desktop sb i5 has 2 cores.
gta4 is a poorly coded console port that can tax even the best configured pc. it likes cpu cores and ram. if you're going to play gta4 on a laptop, sb i5 with strong discreet gpu or amd a8 + dual graphics. you might have to lower some gfx settings.
i should add that, trinity apus are on the way and they promise to deliver better gpu performance than current llano gpus.
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April 3, 2012 6:25:38 PM

Is that what game your trying to play?
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April 3, 2012 6:35:04 PM

de5_Roy said:
desktop gaming with discreet gaming gfx card:
from better to worse:
sb i5 overclocked > sb i5 > sb i3 > amd a8 overclocked > amd a6 oc > amd a8 stock > amd a6 stock.
desktop gaming with integrated gpu:
amd a8 overclocked (cpu + gpu) > amd a6 oc > amd a8 stock > amd a6 stock > sb i5 overclocked > sb i5 > sb i3
laptop gaming with discreet gaming gfx (no amd dual gfx in specific cases):
sb i5 > sb i3 > amd a8 > amd a6
laptop gaming with igpu:
amd a8 > amd a6 > sb i5 > sb i3

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April 3, 2012 6:37:34 PM

dragon199 said:
since this is the laptop section i assume you want a laptop

i5 is the best processor among the ones you mentioned

however for pc gaming gpu is more impotant than the processor

an i5 with a hd 3000 will be far worse than an i3 with a gt540

so please check the gpu otherwise the i5 will be the best

if you are talking about a desktop an i5 2500k will be your best bet
the k in the end represents that it is overclockable
i5 2500 are not overclockable as far asfar as i remember

combine the i5 with a good dgpu

I support this message.
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April 3, 2012 6:58:18 PM

dj31499 said:
even though the i3 or i5 is not quad core for games like gta 4


though i3 and i5 are not quads except some desktop i5 like the 2500k
they still perform better than the a6 a8 in raw cpu power due to better ipc in intel current processors

besides most pc games are still dual core optimized except some like gta 4 witcher 2

if you are buying a laptop compare the gpus first

never go for a integrated gpu for gaming inspite of a better processor


for a desktop

get the i5 2500k as it is currently the best processor for gaming due to great performance for the price

and it is a quad core
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April 3, 2012 7:06:53 PM

Another Question, I know that the 7690m is just a renamed 6770 so why wont the 7690 crossfire with the 6620
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April 3, 2012 7:57:23 PM

dj31499 said:
I want to get one thing straight, I'm getting a laptop heres the link
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can...

I am going to upgrade the graphics to AMD 7690m (1 gb) or im getting this one

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+15.6%22+Pavilion+Lapto...

It only has a 512mb deticated graphics.

I want a new laptop because my old one died on me and was horrible for gaming i want to play GTA 4 on the new pc


the second one features the 6620g which is an integrated gpu
though quite fast still cannot compare to a 7690m

as far as crossfire is concerned asymmetrical crossfire still has no great advantage
the performance can even be worst
and there is a problem of microstuttering
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April 3, 2012 7:59:00 PM

so get the second one or the first
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April 3, 2012 8:10:59 PM

dj31499 said:
I want to get one thing straight, I'm getting a laptop heres the link
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can...

I am going to upgrade the graphics to AMD 7690m (1 gb) or im getting this one

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+15.6%22+Pavilion+Lapto...

It only has a 512mb deticated graphics.

I want a new laptop because my old one died on me and was horrible for gaming i want to play GTA 4 on the new pc

Out of those two get the first one (with best available CPU) from HP because GTA4 is a very CPU-intensive game.

Though the best deal for you on the HP website would be the $755 Pavilion dv6t with the i5-2430M and the 1GB HD 7690M. That would outstrip the most expensive dv6z by a fair bit in gaming.
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April 3, 2012 9:19:04 PM

dj31499 said:
so get the second one or the first


get the first one though the dv6t with the i5-2430M and the 1GB HD 7690M as stated by jessterman21 would be the best if you can get it

if you cant get the dv6t just get the first one but only with a 7690m

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May 31, 2012 7:44:20 AM

de5_Roy said:
desktop gaming with discreet gaming gfx card:
from better to worse:
sb i5 overclocked > sb i5 > sb i3 > amd a8 overclocked > amd a6 oc > amd a8 stock > amd a6 stock.
desktop gaming with integrated gpu:
amd a8 overclocked (cpu + gpu) > amd a6 oc > amd a8 stock > amd a6 stock > sb i5 overclocked > sb i5 > sb i3
laptop gaming with discreet gaming gfx (no amd dual gfx in specific cases):
sb i5 > sb i3 > amd a8 > amd a6
laptop gaming with igpu:
amd a8 > amd a6 > sb i5 > sb i3


in the desktop gaming with discreet gaming gfx card sequence. the A8 has to be in front of the sandy bridge i3. can't you compete a i3 vs an A8 both with the same gaming card?
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May 31, 2012 8:07:05 AM

russell612 said:
in the desktop gaming with discreet gaming gfx card sequence. the A8 has to be in front of the sandy bridge i3. can't you compete a i3 vs an A8 both with the same gaming card?

with a gaming discreet gaming gfx card, say a 7970, core i3 would perform better than the llano apus -
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
the benches were done with the same 7970 gfx card.
you can, however, champion the a8 with a little trickery and cherry picking - all you have to do is select a gfx card that will crossfire (amd dual gfx(tm)) with the apu and pit it against a core i3 with the same gfx card. for example, a core i3 with radeon hd 6670 will perform less in dx11 gaming than a amd a8 3870k+radeon hd 6670. since the 6670 don't crossfire with i3's hd2000 igpu but crossfires with amd apu's 6550d igpu, the apu will have the advantage. i don't consider 6670 to be a gaming discreet gfx card. imo it's a good entry level gfx card.
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