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Old 2009-11-19, 17:26   Link #42
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With his budget, I don't think that going i7 instead of i5 would be worth it. Comparing the i5-750 and i7-860, you're talking $90 for what, an extra 133 mhz and hyperthreading? Granted, being able to run eight threads at once might be useful for gaming someday, but I think that's a long way off. Also remember those eight threads are still feeding into the same four cores - all hyperthreading does is allow the CPU to execute a second thread while waiting for incoming data on the first thread. It reduces the time your cores spend idling waiting for data, but it doesn't actually allow simultaneous execution of both threads.. Given his budget I would say it's better to save the $90 for other parts.

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