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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 13:23 
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O.K I know people get grumpy when I talk about PC gaming hardware in the PC game thread. So I figured I'd start a new one.

So to kick it off. I see Intel have released the I3. It's also very cheap at around £94 for a dual core entry level (also, I didn't know I5 was only dual core !).

I saw a benchmark and sadly it's crap. It got pretty much pwned by a Athlon X4 620 costing £60. So it's basically a Celeron then. Why are Intel so fucking crap at making cheap low end cpus?

At least I know AMD won't have to worry about going out of business then.

http://www.madshrimps.be/vbulletin/f22/ ... rks-68833/

Article there. I mean, sure, the I3 does win some things but nowhere near enough to make it £35 more expensive and require a more expensive board and ram.

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Not bad at all ! Especially with Ram prices the way they are :)

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Didn't you already just start a new PC hardware thread?


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Zardoz wrote:
This is PC Gaming Hardware.

So what's talking about buying a new graphics card, then? I'm confused.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 14:28 
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If you want to discuss PC hardware threads maybe you start a PC hardware thread discussion thread?

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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To be fair, the i3 is intended to be a cheap, low-power processor. It's certainly not meant for a gaming PC, so I don't doubt that the benchmarks are shite.

I'm rebuilding my PC with the Core i5-750, which I've heard nothing but good things about. I'm slightly worried about how easy it will be to use SLI or Crossfire with future graphics cards as the P55 architecture of the chip and all Socket 1156 motherboards allows for an absolute maximum of 16 PCI-E lanes, so two cards get 8 lanes each, but everything I've seen suggests the i5-750 is still a better gaming processor than anything AMD has at present. I certainly hope that's the case, since I could've saved myself £60 by getting a Phenom II X4 965 BE!

All I need now is a decent case as my NZXT Hush, as much as I love the look of it, isn't too great at keeping things cool. I wish you could get the Acer Predator cases seperately as they're lovely looking machines, much nicer looking than anything Alienware has ever produced.

FWIW: the i5-750 is a proper quad-core chip, but it doesn't have Hyper Threading, so it's a bit of an anomoly in the i5 range.


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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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How fast can a PC like that do the 'cards bouncing out along the screen' animation after winning a game of solitaire, and are there benchmarks to compare against?


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JohnCoffey wrote:
Article there. I mean, sure, the I3 does win some things but nowhere near enough to make it £35 more expensive and require a more expensive board and ram.


What are the heat dissapation & power consumption of these devices?

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Sir Taxalot wrote:
How fast can a PC like that do the 'cards bouncing out along the screen' animation after winning a game of solitaire, and are there benchmarks to compare against?


We have a stream of this at work. It was causing a specific bug in a driver many moons ago. So yes: There are benchmarks for this ;)

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Pod wrote:
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Article there. I mean, sure, the I3 does win some things but nowhere near enough to make it £35 more expensive and require a more expensive board and ram.


What are the heat dissapation & power consumption of these devices?


Three to the power of ten on the ratio of 180101893 : 1.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:19 
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Zio wrote:
To be fair, the i3 is intended to be a cheap, low-power processor. It's certainly not meant for a gaming PC, so I don't doubt that the benchmarks are shite.

I'm rebuilding my PC with the Core i5-750, which I've heard nothing but good things about. I'm slightly worried about how easy it will be to use SLI or Crossfire with future graphics cards as the P55 architecture of the chip and all Socket 1156 motherboards allows for an absolute maximum of 16 PCI-E lanes, so two cards get 8 lanes each, but everything I've seen suggests the i5-750 is still a better gaming processor than anything AMD has at present. I certainly hope that's the case, since I could've saved myself £60 by getting a Phenom II X4 965 BE!

All I need now is a decent case as my NZXT Hush, as much as I love the look of it, isn't too great at keeping things cool. I wish you could get the Acer Predator cases seperately as they're lovely looking machines, much nicer looking than anything Alienware has ever produced.

FWIW: the i5-750 is a proper quad-core chip, but it doesn't have Hyper Threading, so it's a bit of an anomoly in the i5 range.


I'm only beginning to understand the I5 range tbh. It's almost like someone at Intel said "quick, take all the existing cpus and call them all I5". It seems that the newer ones now are all dual core so it might end up that you can only get quads on I7? god knows. Once again they've done their best to make it as confusing as bloody well possible :D

I wasn't aware that I3 was supposed to be a cheap processor tbh. I read about how it's really low nm etc but had no idea it was low end. Well, at least as an AMD owner I don't have to worry about AMD going out of business any time soon. I don't think AMD will ever be able to compete at the top end tbh. I think it would break every rule of the company (cheap chips).

God I wish my 4890 would arrive :(

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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I dunno. Back in the days when Pentium 4 was Intel's top processor, AMD were knocking the shite out of them in terms of bang-for-buck and I don't necessarily see why that can't happen again.

Always being a sucker for the underdog, I almost feel a bit dissappointed with myself for going with another Intel processor, but everywhere I've read says to go for the i5-750 over the Phenom X II 965 BE - although I gather there's really not a lot in it.

In fact... I'm ashamed to say that in the end part of my decision came down to the fact that the Maximus III Formula motherboard looks a bit nicer than the Crosshair II or III. I don't even have a bloody window case, so I won't even see it once it's installed! Plus the RoG Connect function looks like something I might get some use out of, since it will allow me to use me Acer Aspire One to piss about with my main PC's settings.


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My new motherboard and CPU arrived yesterday, the RAM and the cooler today. Somewhere along the line I appear to have become the computing equivalent of a MaxPower reader.


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My new motherboard and CPU arrived yesterday, the RAM and the cooler today. Somewhere along the line I appear to have become the computing equivalent of a MaxPower reader.


Good to hear :)

So it's 5770 for me. It's almost as good as the 4890 and uses 75w. I got my leccy bill today.. Will deffo be glad of the power reduction. The 280 used over 200w IIRC.

I've checked out the 5770 on youtube and it's a pretty darn impressive card for the cash. I only paid £120 for it too.

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I've checked out the 5770 on youtube and it's a pretty darn impressive card for the cash. I only paid £120 for it too.

:S

How does that work? Do you have a video of the card sitting there, all huge and ridiculous, blasting out heat? Or is it a blurry, low-framerate (Youtube after all) video of a game played on one where it's impossible to make out the nostril hair rendering matrix or ants on the grass renderer?

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MetalAngel wrote:
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I've checked out the 5770 on youtube and it's a pretty darn impressive card for the cash. I only paid £120 for it too.

:S

How does that work? Do you have a video of the card sitting there, all huge and ridiculous, blasting out heat? Or is it a blurry, low-framerate (Youtube after all) video of a game played on one where it's impossible to make out the nostril hair rendering matrix or ants on the grass renderer?


It was a review with posted scores of benchmarks in certain games etc :)

Edit : here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhXrShvE ... r_embedded

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Pod wrote:
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Article there. I mean, sure, the I3 does win some things but nowhere near enough to make it £35 more expensive and require a more expensive board and ram.


What are the heat dissapation & power consumption of these devices?


Three to the power of ten on the ratio of 180101893 : 1.


Seriously though: Does the AMD require a fan that is twice the size and twice as loud?

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Pod wrote:
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Pod wrote:
JohnCoffey wrote:
Article there. I mean, sure, the I3 does win some things but nowhere near enough to make it £35 more expensive and require a more expensive board and ram.


What are the heat dissapation & power consumption of these devices?


Three to the power of ten on the ratio of 180101893 : 1.


Seriously though: Does the AMD require a fan that is twice the size and twice as loud?


The fan in the 4890 was actually the same as the 280gtx. On performance the two are about level.

However, what AE said about them being about the same as mid range cards got me thinking. The Radeon 5770 isn't quite as fast as the 4890. However, it is faster than the 260 GTX and only costs £120. So after many hours of looking around and admitting to myself that it would run everything perfectly well enough (and seeing the latter*) I decided to go with the modern card.

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As for heat? My 280 idled at 56c and the 5770 idles at 32c.

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You were talking about getting 3 of these right JC?

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Nah, they're the plop ones. It was these.

http://videocardshop.co.uk/product.asp? ... S-250X-ZDF

But tbh I'm going to see how one of these 5770s goes. If it runs all of my existing games then I'll just leave it be. Not sitting in a sauna and having too much power on tap would be nice for once.

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Not sitting in a sauna and having too much power on tap would be nice for once.

So you are getting a 360! Happy days.


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