Is This Even Fair? Budget Ivy Bridge Takes On Core 2 Duo And Quad

Started Jun 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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AShimon OP Contributing Member • Posts: 797
Re: Is This Even Fair? Budget Ivy Bridge Takes On Core 2 Duo And Quad

brn wrote:

I wasn't surprised at the results.

The relative performance for the dollar works out. I agree there's less need to upgrade an existing machine than many people think. However, if you were buying new, would you get a Core 2 or an i3?

Definitely an i3, i5, or i7. But not simply because they are more powerful - their performance per watt are markedly higher. Saving energy is a good thing.

I was surprised, to say the least. I figured four generations newer would provide a larger performance gap. Especially with the i5.

Then again, consider a used Core2Quad can be had for as little as $20 and a motherboard for $30, the article proves viability of an old platform.

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