Power And Efficiency
Intel’s Core i3-530 uses the lowest voltage, but is it really the most efficient gaming processor? Let’s first have a look at power consumption.
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Dividing relative performance by average power consumption gives us an efficiency chart that shows dual cores beating out triple cores by a wide margin. Because it’s “supposed to be” the top performer, Intel’s Core i7-870 was chosen as the baseline for both performance and efficiency scaling.
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Excellently done. Thanks a lot THG!Reply
It should also take GTA IV (which is CPU intensive game and can utilize four cores) into consideration, although most games don't behave similar today. In addition, I would expect more and more to-be-released games to be able to utilize the full potential of quads.Reply
However, I do admit that i3's performance is really impressive!Reply
all similar fps results usually means one of two things... either youre gpu limited or those results are accurate (meaning you didnt ever become cpu limited ... which I thought was the point of this review). Please redo the test with a 5970 to see if the rankings change. Plus if youre saving money on your cpu you can spend it on the gpu ;)Reply
On the "Is Overclocking Needed" I think you forgot a few fours. A voltage of 1.72 would probably fry the processor quite quickly. You had it right later one with 1.472, but it shocked a me a bit at first to see such a high number, haha.Reply
shin0bi272, correct me if I'm wrong, but the point of this article was to see how much the CPU really matters when paired with a reasonable single GPU. I think the result--that it doesn't much matter--is pretty good to know.Reply
If a super high end GPU was used, it wouldn't be relevant to gamers looking at CPU performance.
For me personally though.... I'll stick with my i7. Beats any i3 at mental ray rendering any day.
If the user has money for Super high end GPU why would he look at an i3 processor?
Looks like some gamers will not have to spend as much money for a new cpu.Reply
I wonder who will buy such an exclusive separated Graphics card with the core-i3 processor. cause most of the core-i3 buyers don't want to waste money on a separated GPU.others will just keep their core-2(specially quad series) processor because they're better than core-i3 processors(According to 3D-Mark Result).Reply
We need more articles like this! A million better than a standard review.