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Hardware Intel Core i5-661 & Core i3-530 CPU Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 4 Jan 2010.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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  2. Devolve

    Devolve Deadbeat

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    As interesting as this article is, I got soo lost in that guys eyebrows.............wow, just wow.
     
  3. Xtrafresh

    Xtrafresh It never hurts to help

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    Anand seems to have been able to OC much faster with an Asus board: 4,8GHz on the 661!
    So there's enough room to play with these to make them the next big thing for cheap gaming rigs :D
     
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    AMD should have a big price drop soon, i wouldn't mine an intel i3-530 without the gpu
     
  5. tron

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    I am all for the naming scheme of the chips being related to their relative performance levels.

    However, the "Core" brand name followed by a number is confusing to the average high street consumer. Due to the fact that it can sound as if it implies a relation with the CPUs number of Cores. Example: Core i7 can mislead one to believe it may have 7 cores.
     
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    So it seems to me that the i3-530 is the neww E5200 in terms of price/performance. i5-750 retains the mid-range crown. Interesting reading and will be very interesting to see what happens to the market this week...
     
  7. Guest-16

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    Yea we've seen special things from other 32nm products, but we're waiting on BIOS bugs on a few boards right now.
     
  8. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    one thing not covered in the article is Mediacentre performance, are these capable of running a media centre (hardware playback etc.) i very much presume they are
     
  9. Lizard

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    Shush Bindi, shush :naughty:
     
  10. Singularity

    Singularity ******* Operator from Hell

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    Wow, the i3-530 is just... wow. That said, i'd love to see a GPU-less version of it... that would drop the power draw, and probably make if cooler (or does the GMA get no power at all when a dedicated GPU is used?)...
     
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    I've dropped in some extra information on page 2 about this and a few other details :)
     
  12. V3ctor

    V3ctor Tech addict...

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    Thanks for including the Q6600 :)
    I can see now that he's going the way of the dodo :D I'll just O'c mine to 3.0ghz and let it stay there until Sandybridge, or Bulldozer.
     
  13. NickCPC

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    Interesting article - but I noticed the i7-720QM/820QM mobile processors had been omitted from the comparison table?! Any reason??
     
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    It would be nice to see the Q9550 in the benchmarks, the Q6600 is getting a little old now and alot of people are thinking of getting the a faster S775 cpu instead of changing to a new mobo right now
     
  15. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    I'm still quite happy with my E6600 @ 3.6GHz on air.

    Yet, a nice i5-750 wouldn't be too bad. Hmmmm... birthday on Feb 4. Where's my girlfriend again? Gotta call her. :)
     
  16. dec

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    couldnt clarkdale i5's be all quads? :(
    AMD needs another price cut. so does MSI's 790FX-GD70 :)
     
  17. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    thank s bindi

    very interesting to see the q6600 dropping down the charts but i think its going to be the staple of many of the systems here for a while yet
     
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    Not omitted, just don't have a direct comparative. Mobile products don't really compare to desktops - it's an entirely different usage model because mobile CPUs come packaged within a full laptop.
     
  19. gagaga

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    So the i3-530 totally beats an E8400 on performance, for 1/3 less in price yet only gets 6/10 for performance and 8/10 for value? Both seem way off to me.

    Also ... for tests with integrated GPUs please do a second set of power consumption tests without the additional GPU and with a much smaller (450W?) PSU to reflect the scenario that those of us not into gaming face. I've been using integrated GPUs since the Athlon 64 + ATI days and have never needed more - it's hard to judge the power figures when much of the reading is down to PSU inefficiency at tiny partial loads and GPU overhead.

    Otherwise, great write-up. Thanks
     
  20. gagaga

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    @perplekks45

    Just read your comment and giggled ... i've got mine trained too. It's a while since mine bought me a Intel 80GB G2 SSD so I think I deserve another toy...
     
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