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Ivy i3 vs Trinity

the.chad

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Hi All

Looking to build my first Media Centre this year.

Primarily it would be used for my library of movie and tv shows but I would also like to runup steam in the big picture mode and get some light co-op gaming with the Mrs. Nothing hardcore, along the lines of the Lego series of gaming.

Found a build here http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/rmp_sg_whirlpoolpcs_htpc (the Bang for Buck) which I think is pretty spot on with what I want. I've thought to upgrade the CPU to a higher level Trinity or i3 though.

I've build a few gaming machines in the past and must admit I've had no experience with i3 and the Trinity cores. So very keen to hear any recommendations.


Cheers!
 

Durvelle27

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Do you plan to add a discrete card if not then Trinity is the best option as it has both a CPU and GPU and can play most games pretty good at 1280x720
 

Ksyder

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I think if you want to use integrated graphics then go with trinity, otherwise you'll get better performance and power efficiency with ivy bridge.

I don't have benchmarks to back that up but that was my conclusion from my research into the same decision I made recently.
 

Ksyder

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Do you plan to add a discrete card if not then Trinity is the best option as it has both a CPU and GPU and can play most games pretty good at 1280x720
Just for clarification Ivy bridge I think in most cases has a gpu as well, just not as high performing.
 

Durvelle27

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Just for clarification Ivy bridge I think in most cases has a gpu as well, just not as high performing.
Yes IVY has a IGPU but it can't game very well or sometimes at all and fails compared to the Trinity GPU
 

the.chad

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Cheers guys.

Got a new HDTV that does 1080p. Was hoping the integrated GPU could handle 1920 x 1080... would Trinity be able to handle that or should I just fork out for discrete graphics?
 

the.chad

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Looked into discrete graphics with a Trinity core and found it can do a hybrid crossfire with the HD 6xxx series.

Would the hybrid crossfire be better performance than a discrete 7xxx series, or equivalent Nvidia card?
 

Pedroc1999

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Depends what 6XXX series, if lower end then not worth it, if it is with 6850+ then i would be good. Still a 7750/7770 would be better for mediacenter as they efficiency is amazing
 

aj654987

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Well I have a 3570k with the hd4000 graphics that I used for a few weeks until my gtx 660 arrived. The only game I tried was Just Cause 2 which I was able to play on the intel gpu but on low settings on sub 720p resolution. It was playable enough that I spent several hours on it but you will be wanting something better in the long run. My old system that I replaced (an athlon x2 with a 9600 gso) was way better for games of course.

People say you dont need 1080p for games on a large TV but I disagree. My main system with the 660 is in the living room and I have it connected to my 42" as well and it looks great with everything maxed out on 1080p. When you are only 6 feet or so away you can see the details very well.

I think the biggest issue with Trinity you will get tired of using low graphics settings, upgrade the gpu when even a $150 gpu will blow it out of the water and now you are stuck with a slower CPU than if you went the intel route to begin with.
 

assassin24

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I think the biggest issue with Trinity you will get tired of using low graphics settings, upgrade the gpu when even a $150 gpu will blow it out of the water and now you are stuck with a slower CPU than if you went the intel route to begin with.
Yes. Exactly.
 

the.chad

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Thanks for the help guys.
As gaming isn't a top priority for the media centre I'll rock ahead with an i3 build and post pone the video card for a short while.

Cheers and beers for all :)
 

pauldun170

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I think the biggest issue with Trinity you will get tired of using low graphics settings, upgrade the gpu when even a $150 gpu will blow it out of the water and now you are stuck with a slower CPU than if you went the intel route to begin with.
Right on the money
 

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