Are Core 2 DUO's still good for light gaming ?

Discussion in 'CPUs and Overclocking' started by Durvelle27, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Ventanni

    Ventanni Golden Member

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    I recently upgraded from a Core2 Duo E6750 @ 3.2ghz to my 3770k that I had been running since 2007, and although the 3770k was a huge upgrade, I was never unable to run any game on the Core 2. In fact, I felt like it was more of a vanity thing than anything.

    WoW ran a lot faster on the 3770k though, that's for sure.

    For combined CPU/GPU power, Deus Ex 3 was the *only* game than ran faster and more smoothly on my laptop than it did the Core 2 @ 3.2ghz.
     
  2. Durvelle27

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    Just an update. I just bought a Core 2 Duo E6550 to replace the Pentium D 915. Do you think it could handle a GTX 460
     
  3. lyssword

    lyssword Diamond Member

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    Yes, you'll see big jump from 440 to 460 with resolution/eye candy. And going from 915 to e6550 you will notice quite a big difference, at least double the fps.
     
  4. Durvelle27

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    ok thx
     
  5. Torn Mind

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    You have had quite an adventure with that HTPC rig. From the Celeron D to the E6550. I wouldn't be surprised if you get a Core 2 Quad sometime in the future.
     
  6. Durvelle27

    Durvelle27 Diamond Member

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    It was actually like this

    Celeron D 331 --> Pentium D 915 --> Core 2 Duo E6550

    &

    8400 GS --> HD 5450 --> GT 440


    I actually thought about that but not right now gpu will come first
     
  7. Ferzerp

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    it's actually a little bit faster,
    and the e8xxx can be overclocked (the e8600 runs at 3.3ghz, but you can run any good e8xxx at 4GHz I think, with great cooling and MB)
     
  10. Torn Mind

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    I remember your Pentium D upgrade. I posted in the thread where you said you bought one. ;):awe:
    Increasing the clockspeed by .166666 seems to increase the Sysmark overall score by 9 with the E8xxx chips. So, with an E8400 clocked a 4 GHz, the Sysmark score could be around 255. That particular benchmark score would be better than an i5-2400.

    The E6550 is more like the Pentium G620T

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/61?vs=407
     
  11. Durvelle27

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    :)
     
  12. Ferzerp

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    A bit, but that was the closest current proc I could find given AT Bench, and 5 spare minutes.
     
  13. Durvelle27

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    so could it run BF3 multiplayer 32 or less
     
  14. Ferzerp

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    No clue. I refuse to support Origin at all, and that's the only way to get that game.
     
  15. Durvelle27

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    what do you have against Origin ?
     
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    I don't trust EA to not make things unavailable down the road, and they also severely restricted their Steam releases (like BF3) once they started that. I trust Steam.

    (I also pass on everything that has SolidShield aka tages, SecuRom, etc, no matter how badly I want to play it. If the publisher removes it, I then give them my money, but never before).
     
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  18. crashtech

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    I upgraded my old HTPC with a Xeon E3120, it worked fine and I believe it is just about the fastest dual core LGA 775 CPU available. Although Anand does not seem to have Xeons in the database, the E3120 comes in about 13% faster than the E8600 in the Passmark CPU test, and about 17% faster than the G620.
     
  19. FalseChristian

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    What about an i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz?
     
  20. Durvelle27

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    what about it
     
  21. dragantoe

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    you put this thread in the wrong spot, this isn't 2009

    You're not a mod. I however am.
    -ViRGE
     
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  22. SPBHM

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    something is wrong

    E3120 = 3.16GHz
    e8600 = 3.33GHz

    the rest is the same,
    E3120 = e8500.
     
  23. Durvelle27

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    :colbert:
     
  24. 2is

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    Do you have a link to the 2009 sub-forum?
     
  25. crashtech

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    Maybe you are right. There was only one sample of the E3120 score, though other Xeons seem to outscore their supposedly equivalent, standard counterparts fairly consistently. I figured there might be some cherry picking going on, but who knows.