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Windows 7: i3 2120 or i3 540

14 Sep 2012   #1
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
i3 2120 or i3 5XX Series

i know the i3 2120 has a base clock speed of 3,3 but it cant be overclocked, would it make more sense to get an i3 5XX and then overclock it to over 3.3?


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14 Sep 2012   #2
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

By '5XX' i mean an i3 from the 500 series, 560,550,540 etc
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14 Sep 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would prefer a 3.3 without overclocking - less risk.
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14 Sep 2012   #4
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

but if i buy a stock 560@3.33 it is already slightly better and there's headroom for OCing
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14 Sep 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess if you want to muck around with OCing. Read my logo on the bottom of this posting - then you understand from where I come.
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14 Sep 2012   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Be aware that those two processors require two different sockets. The Core i3-2120 gets my vote simply on the fact that it is a newer socket with much more life than the i3-540.
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14 Sep 2012   #7
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Passmark shows the 2120 being almost 30% faster than the 560 and about 50% faster than the 540.
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14 Sep 2012   #8
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Be aware that those two processors require two different sockets. The Core i3-2120 gets my vote simply on the fact that it is a newer socket with much more life than the i3-540.
Yeah, the I3-540 is Socket 1156 (vs. 1155). 1156 is essentially obsolete. That doesn't mean that it'll stop working, but it is getting more difficult to buy S. 1156 CPUs at retail, at least in the USA.
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15 Sep 2012   #9
Pedroc1999

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Ok thank you very much
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