Core 2 Quad or i7? 27 replies

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random_soldier1337

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#1 8 years ago

Which do you prefer quad core or i7? Why?




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#2 8 years ago

Lol.. juse depends on how much money i would have.. but like how it looks now, I'll go sli, and get a q6600 or q9550 sometime. (Everything except for the gpu and cooler then. :p)




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#3 8 years ago

i7, since it is quad core and vastly more powerful. Prices are also quite low now, certainly affordable for the majority of the market.




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#4 8 years ago

As a whole, i7s are much better than Quad cores. Are they more economically viable? Not for me, I would have to invest in a whole new motherboard.




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#5 8 years ago

Core i7's are quad-core, but with Hyper-Threading, so they can function as 8 cores/threads. That, and the architecture itself and Turbo Boost technology make them much more efficient and powerful than the "regular" Core 2 Quad series, even at similar clock speeds.

tl;dr get an i7.




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#6 8 years ago

i5 <3




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#7 8 years ago

It appears the title should have read, "Core 2 Quad, or i7?"

Anyway, I never considered a Core 2 Quad. IMO they are just "cookie cutter" quads, meaning they merely use two already manufactured chips on one die, a cheap way of making a quad. Much better to have an integrated quad with all 4 cores on one silicone layer, each having their own cache AND shared cache. The Quick Path Interconnects and 2 thread per core HyperThreading are icing on the cake.

Core 2 Quads were really just something Intel came out with to temporarily appease those whom wanted quads while they were perfecting their integrated quads. I don't think they were meant as anything more than a stepping stone to a true quad.




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#8 8 years ago
kow_ciller;5176067i5 <3

Seconded. I don't think you can really see a noticable difference between the i5 and i7 (I'm talking about the 860 here).




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#9 8 years ago
Seconded. I don't think you can really see a noticable difference between the i5 and i7 (I'm talking about the 860 here).

There is. Hyperthreading. While there are cries that hyperthreading kills game performance, this is purely a software issue, not a hardware one, to do with assigning load onto logical and physical core sets. In everything else, hyperthreading either makes no discernible difference (in single-threaded applications) or provides up to 60% increases in performance with multithreaded apps. For gaming, it would be a better choice to go with the i5 because there are few games that support more than 4 CPU cores (but with DX11 games with massive multithreading support should be far more common), and it's much cheaper; however, for everything else, i7 is a much better choice.




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#10 8 years ago
Mr. Pedantic;5176899There is. Hyperthreading. While there are cries that hyperthreading kills game performance, this is purely a software issue, not a hardware one, to do with assigning load onto logical and physical core sets. In everything else, hyperthreading either makes no discernible difference (in single-threaded applications) or provides up to 60% increases in performance with multithreaded apps. For gaming, it would be a better choice to go with the i5 because there are few games that support more than 4 CPU cores (but with DX11 games with massive multithreading support should be far more common), and it's much cheaper; however, for everything else, i7 is a much better choice.

What you are talking about is more fact-wise. If you'd buy me a i7 860, and swapped it for my i5, I don't think I would notice a big difference. There are too few programs that make good use of multiple cores, and there are even fewer people who use such applications.

People who do not build their own PC, and probably don't know the difference between the i5 and the i7, wouldn't notice any difference at all.