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    The Core i5 (interesting Tech)

    You get the i5-680 that is essentially a 3.6 GHz CPU with a basic 2 core Technology. Other interesting bits include its lithography is 32nm and more importantly is the Intel Smart Cash that runs at 4MB

    Then there is the i5-760 that is essentially a 2.8 GHz CPU with an impressive 4 core Technology. The lithography is 45nm and it has a stunning Smart Cash capability of up to 8MB.

    So both CPU’s are good, well are they? No... Here is the slapper for you, even with quad core and its 8MB cash capability it is not that impressive. The devil as always sits in the details, No Hyper Treading, no Intel Virtualization Technology and no AES.

    The truth as it is, stands with the i5-680 and I cannot understand why such a powerful CPU as the i5 760 had to be so severely limited. Still if you look at all the supporting technology of the i5-680 it is worth mentioning that you need a reasonable motherboard “main-board” to support all of those functions.

    So here are the bits that matter most.

    Technology (micron): i5-680 = 0.032 | i5-760 = 0.045
    Frequency (MHz): i5-680 = 3600 | i5-760 = 2800

    Turbo Frequency (MHz): i5-680 = 3867 / 3733 | i5-760 = 3467 / 3333 / 2933 / 2933

    Clock Multiplier: i5-680 = NA | i5-760 =21

    L1 cache: i5-680 = 64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data) | i5-760 = 128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)

    L2 cache (KB): i5-680 = 512 | i5-760 = 1024
    L3 cache (KB): i5-680 = 4096 | i5-760 = 8192

    TDP (Watt): i5-680= 73 | i5-760 = 95
    Cores: i5-680 = 2 | i5-760 = 4

    So now are the limitations a good thing and do you go for the i5-760 or is supported technologies more important and do you go for i5-680?
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    Core i7 930!

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    Well first of the i7-930 is way more expensive and needs a Socket 1366, other than that you will be interested to know that both the i7-930 and the i5-760 has the same L1 L2 and L3 cache specifications. They share the same 2800 MHz Frequency, 8MB of Cache and 4 cores. But yes Hyper-Treading Technology is available on i7-930 and it stands at 8 threads where the i5760 stand at 4. So the i7-930 will be faster to some degree but considering that it is an i7 and the i5 is the cheaper CPU, the i5-760 hits hard for its size.

    Considering that the i5-760 is actually the smaller CPU of the two, it’s not that far behind the i7-930. Between the two, they are 75% evenly matched and then I am being generous towards the i7-930.
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    The socket 1366 mainbords is more expensive, but according to my pricelist the Core i7 930 and Core i5 760 is the same price.

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    Well if you say so... On the pricelist I have access to there is about an R815.10 difference?

    However that being said the wholesalers has been crazy lately. Honestly, the franchises can give you the better price on most the stuff lately...
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    Yes they buy in bulk and get an additional discount from the supplier, me as a one man show lose out on that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tec0 View Post
    You get the i5-680 that is essentially a 3.6 GHz CPU with a basic 2 core Technology. Other interesting bits include its lithography is 32nm and more importantly is the Intel Smart Cash that runs at 4MB

    Then there is the i5-760 that is essentially a 2.8 GHz CPU with an impressive 4 core Technology. The lithography is 45nm and it has a stunning Smart Cash capability of up to 8MB.

    So both CPU’s are good, well are they? No... Here is the slapper for you, even with quad core and its 8MB cash capability it is not that impressive. The devil as always sits in the details, No Hyper Treading, no Intel Virtualization Technology and no AES.

    The truth as it is, stands with the i5-680 and I cannot understand why such a powerful CPU as the i5 760 had to be so severely limited. Still if you look at all the supporting technology of the i5-680 it is worth mentioning that you need a reasonable motherboard “main-board” to support all of those functions.

    So here are the bits that matter most.

    Technology (micron): i5-680 = 0.032 | i5-760 = 0.045
    Frequency (MHz): i5-680 = 3600 | i5-760 = 2800

    Turbo Frequency (MHz): i5-680 = 3867 / 3733 | i5-760 = 3467 / 3333 / 2933 / 2933

    Clock Multiplier: i5-680 = NA | i5-760 =21

    L1 cache: i5-680 = 64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data) | i5-760 = 128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)

    L2 cache (KB): i5-680 = 512 | i5-760 = 1024
    L3 cache (KB): i5-680 = 4096 | i5-760 = 8192

    TDP (Watt): i5-680= 73 | i5-760 = 95
    Cores: i5-680 = 2 | i5-760 = 4

    So now are the limitations a good thing and do you go for the i5-760 or is supported technologies more important and do you go for i5-680?

    ............



    According to AMD the “Bobcat” is able to run below 1W because it can operate at a range of voltages and frequencies for particular workloads. Smaller workloads can be executed at lower frequencies and voltages which translates to less power.


    Now that's something to write a blog about.. Intel has had the cash cow for far to long, when AMD does something spectacular.. No1 hears about it..

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    The truth is AMD needs a new marketing director. I cannot find AMD CPU’s in retail stores at the moment. Actually I cannot find AMD CPU’s in any physical store in my Aria? Unless I order it from a pricelist it’s practically a ghost...

    That is really sad.
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