The 29% loss in productivity is exactly why I chose the Core i5 last quarter. If you want to compete in the overall performance category, you need more than two cores. Unfortunately for our $650 PC, the situation only gets worse once we take overclocking into consideration.
We can't help but think that, in a marketplace where AMD was more competitive, Intel wouldn't dare wreck overclocking in the value-oriented space the way it currently does.
- Colliding Interests Shape Our Mini-ITX Effort
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Just Enough Overclocking To Game...
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Gaming Performance Summary
- Can We Really Call This Better For Gaming?