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Intel drops price of i3 processor

Intel have announced an upcoming 15% price drop for the darling of the dual-core, their i3 range of processors – specifically the i3 550. Since most games don’t see much (if any) benefit from a quad-core, let alone a hexa-core processor, this might suite a casual gamer on a budget.

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Incipio2587d ago

"Since most games don’t see much (if any) benefit from a quad-core, let alone a hexa-core processor"

Lies. What do you think this is, 2006?

chak_2587d ago

same reaction.

Whomever wrote that has to be completly ignorant.

robjie2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

If you look at Tom Hardware's benchmarks from last year, there's very little to get excited about with regards to Quad core. More and more games are taking advantage of 4 cores and it's obviously going to get better. But right now, for a "casual gamer" as stated in the article, 2 cores is more than enough.

http://www.tomshardware.com...

"Quad cores offer no benefits in the sampling of games we tested."

CombineElite2585d ago

Who ever wrote this article knows ZERO about PC gaming or hardware.

Sure most games can run very well on 2 cores but if the developer programs correctly they can run even better on 4 or 6 cores thus not bottlenecking your GPU and freeing up CPU time for your PC to better multi-task.

Remember a PC does more than just play games

Intel lowered the Core i3 to compete with the four core Athlon II X4 645 $119 which may be the best 4 core cpu for just over $100

robjie2584d ago

"Sure most games can run very well on 2 cores but if the developer programs correctly they can run even better on 4 or 6 cores.."

Of course that's true but the point of the article was that most games out now don't take full advantage of 4 cores. That was the same conclusion Tom's Hardware reached in their testing. That is all I was saying. I was not dismissing the idea of a quad core, I actually use an i7 950 myself.

I'm well aware that games developers can make better use of more cores, and I hope next year that they will take better advantage of 4 and 6 core processors but again, if you read the article the point was that they are not fully utilized at this current stage.