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Postposted on Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:51 am

Hey

I was recently given a deal on the following combo:

i5 3470
DH77DF
16GB Kingston DDR3 1300Mhz (cheap ram)

The local wholesaler is my friend and offered them to me.

Now my HTPC/couch gaming PC is:

i5 760@3.6Ghz
DFI MI P55-T36
4GB Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz
EVGA GTX 570HD

I have also an aging ITX system based on an Intel Atom 330 that is my torrentbox, servers a few blogs and acts as tier 1 4TB nas (I have another bigger nas for important data), my plan was to replace this atom system with the new combo and make and AIO router/nas/game server/web server using some virtualization software but I think it might be overkill.

So the question is, would the i5 3470 at stock speeds (can't overclock as it's a non K part and an H77 board) be faster than the i5 760 @ 3.6GHz for gaming? I guess it would run cooler but that's not an issue, my small rig is cool and quiet enough, I was considering replacing the mobo/cpu from my couch gaming PC for the new one and use the older for the home server/nas/etc. I want to keep the faster combo as gaming PC of course.
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Re: Upgrade

Postposted on Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:13 am

I can't say that I'm a fan of Mini-ITX for gaming. Micro-ATX is both more expandable and less expensive.

For lightly-threaded applications, the turbo boost of the Ivy Bridge processor will match your existing overclock at 3.6 GHz. With better IPC performance, that gives Ivy Bridge the edge there. With all four cores working at 3.2 GHz vs. 3.6 GHz for the overclocked Lynnfield, we'd probably have to find some benchmark testing on the web.

I'm going to say that the 2x8 GiB of memory vs. 2x2 GiB will help with some games, too.
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Re: Upgrade

Postposted on Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:55 am

fr500 wrote:would the i5 3470 at stock speeds (can't overclock as it's a non K part and an H77 board) be faster than the i5 760 @ 3.6GHz for gaming?


Yes, gaming will be about 20% better
Whilst you probably won't see a huge improvement to benchmarks and average framerates, the 99th percentile results will be 20% better on the Ivy Bridge.
In short, the minimum framerate will be higher, and games will spend less time at that minimum framerate.
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Re: Upgrade

Postposted on Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:00 pm

Yes! that's what I thought, even without OC'ing it's probably on par and since I always play with vsync on it's probably the better choice.

On the other hand for a 24/7 server Ivy's power consumption is probably a better choice... what to do what to do...
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