Although budgetary limitations commonly hamper my ability to procure tweaking-friendly hardware, I still managed to squeeze an extra 400 to 600 MHz from last quarter’s Core i5-3470, depending on how many cores were active. And earlier, the modest stock cooler and AMD 970-based motherboard were enough to push an FX processor to 4.0 GHz, yielding a meaningful speed-up in threaded applications. Unfortunately, the current machine is at a major disadvantage, since its Core i3 processor can't overclock at all.
In our single-threaded iTunes and LAME MP3 workloads, the Haswell architecture running at 3.4 GHz is fast enough to match Ivy Bridge at 3.6 GHz.
The Hyper-Threaded Core i3 is no match for four physical cores in our more demanding transcoding benchmarks, though.
- A More Affordable Gaming Alternative
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling My Gaming Box
- Improving High-Res Gaming By Overclocking Graphics
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Battlefield 4 And Battlefield 3
- Results: F1 2012, Grid 2, and Arma 3
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim And Far Cry 3
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Summarizing The Performance Of Three Gaming Builds
- Did I Achieve My Goals, Or Is This A Failure?