AMD A8-3870K or Intel Core-i5 Ivy Bridge?

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brn Senior Member • Posts: 2,986
Re: AMD A8-3870K or Intel Core-i5 Ivy Bridge?

offroadcmpr wrote:

brn wrote:

Given that the AMD is less than half the price of the Intel, that's asking a lot. Though I see NewEgg has an Phenom II X4 965 for $100 and that will keep up with an i5.

For less than an i5, you could also look at some of AMDs eight core stuff.

How can a Phenom II X4 965 keep up with an i5? I can't find a single benchmark where the i5 isn't substantially faster.

I guess it depends on which i5's you're looking at.

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 has a Passmark score of 4394.

The Intel i5 2390T has a passmark score of 3936.

The Intel Core i5-2500S has a Passmark score of 4706.

A lot of the current gen i5's will put the AMD 965 in it's place.  It does hold it's own with some of the older i5's and keeps up with modern M versions of the i5.

I'm not trying to say it's kick ass.  I am saying that it is surprisingly competitive for $100.

If the i5 is too much, and you are not going to be doing any games then I would go with the i3-3225. $130 and it is usually still faster than the similar AMD processors, even with only 2 cores.

Passmark in line with the 965 and it's $30 more. 

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