Quad Core Vs i5 Processor

  1. Amtech

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    Is the new i5 processor really better than a Quad Core?

    I don't see how its possible but people are saying they are really fast. What do you think? Is the heavy price tag justified?
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    The i5 is a quad-core. Or are you asking for a comparison against a particular quad-core?
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    Amtech Well-Known Member Tech Member Elite Member

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    Is it really a quad core? Its just that the site I was looking on just said it was a 2.66Ghz processor and didn't say it was single, dual or quad core.

    I was looking at this one:

    Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor - Ebuyer

    But was wondering if this Quad Core was around as good:

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz Socket 775 1333FSB 4MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor - Ebuyer

    Its £50 cheaper.

    Well this thread is mostly answered. I was working on the assumption that the i5's were single core and was struggling to see how they were better than Quad Cores. D'oh!
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    Wow. I see...but is a Quad Core okay for gaming?

    I have a budget of £300 for a gaming PC and it can just about manage a Quad Core.

    If I built a i5 system then it would probably cost £600 inc motherboard, RAM, CPU etc...if not more.

    Maybe in the future I'll build an i5 PC but I don't see the benefit for the average user. The processors seem really powerful and aimed at desktop designers / people doing a lot of audio/video conversion.
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    I think just a CPU upgrade would be good. Maybe along with a GPU upgrade, since you want to game, you should be able to handle newer games well. I don't see why you shouldn't upgrade to a quad. It fits your budget, it will increase general system performance, and should be able to handle newer games which are better utilizing multiple cores now.

    If you were going to build a new system from scratch, then I would go for the i5, but that's not to say that the older quads aren't good. They are still very strong and if you don't have the money or the need for an entire new system, then an upgrade to a quad should hold you down for a while.
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    Only the 700 series of the i5's are quad core, the rest are dual core.
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    Would you say that the 700 series beats any of the dual cores?

    The i5 680 is Dual core with hyperthreading and is at 3.6 GHz.
    The i5 760 is Quad Core, no Hyperthreading and is at 2.8 GHz.

    The 760 is $100 cheaper but Quad core 2.8GHz for $200 just seems like a ridiculous, slap-you-in-the-face, deal. Would the fact that it has 4 actual cores make it a better choice than the 680 or does the 680 outperform it?
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    :) CHEW-> This is the latest strategy of Intel... Confused Heads Empty Wallet... i5, i7, dual core, quad? what the hell was duo? un dos tres? oopss where is my money what have I bought?

    I think your purpose is the key factor: What are you intending to do with your PC? Play the latest games, 3d Design, server, code, multimedia with heavy HD mkv etc? all?

    If it is the games u r looking for-> Graphics card is much more important. For the CPU, the number of cores is not so much essential for today's games... The speed of the single core is much important. The games are not multi processed they are multi threaded only...

    To be honest you will not get the difference if u buy i5 680 or i5 760 or even x4 and x6 chipsets of AMD, unless you buy a i7 980X which will make the difference.

    So go for i5 760 for games and other good stuff...
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    This is actually NOT true. SOME I5 are Quad core. This link details which are and which aren't.
    Intel Core i5 processor comparison chart

    When looking at CPUs you must look at the performance. They can say all they want, but how they preform is what matters.
    This is Intel's evil plan selling old technology as new.
    Many I3s are similar to the old duo and dual cores.
    Many I5s comparable to their old quad cores.
    If you want better technology only go with the I7 and even some of those are comparable to the quad cores.

    Use this list for comparing the processors side by side.
    Hierarchy
    Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart - Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: June 2014
    Chart
    Charts, benchmarks CPU Charts 2013, [01] Cinebench 11.5

    I apologize for responding to an old thread, but it has a lot of hits, and I wanted to dispel that statement before it misled to many people.
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    Hello Crobertson and welcome to PCHF.

    May I point out that it is pretty pointless to answer a thread posted in 2009. :)

    It would have a lot of hits because it's been on the forum that long. :)
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
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    Uh just noticed the date, that guy got an AMD by now (probably).
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