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Since Intel's Core i7 is cherry-picked during the binning process, does that make them better than the Core i3 or i5 for general performance and gaming?

Question by Reece from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Dec 30, 2012 8:16 PM CST

This is sort of a long question (well, short question with a lot of background info), so get ready for a read.

Most people say an i5 is exactly the same for gaming performance as an i7, because very few games can even utilize more than two cores, and no games currently need more than two cores to run, so the extra 4 threads are useless. That is true.

However, Intel's binning process involves selecting the badly deformed chips, and putting an i3 or lesser name on them. Cache is usually the deformed part. Slightly deformed chips are put into the i5 category, and near-perfect chips are given the i7 name. Since the i7's are binned higher, this means they've formed more perfectly. Doesn't logic follow that if they i7's have formed more perfectly, the cores can achieve higher clockspeeds? I know that usually the cache is deformed, so all an i7 guarantees is better cache, but there's also a strong chance, though no guarantee, of higher clockspeed tolerance.

For example, my i5 can only go up to 4.6GHz, no matter how much voltage I apply. However, most people's i7's can go up to at least 4.8GHz, if not 5GHz. I admit, I have seem i5's go up to 5GHz, and i7's stop at 4.5GHz, but I see way more 5GHz i7's than i5's. Since clocks can be pushed further, doesn't that mean single-core performance, and thus gaming performance increases with an i7?

I want to buy a new tablet and would like some advice

Question by Nikki from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Dec 26, 2012 10:47 PM CST

Hi there,

I am wanting to buy a tablet but have no idea what sort!

I want one for the usual; surfing the web, emails, FB, photos, movies etc, but I'd ideally like one with at least Microsoft Word, or a way I can record/write anything I need to, a good variety of apps, adequate memory and speed.....and if I was really to be demanding a USB port (but that is not a 'must have').

I'd appreciate any advice on options, cost is not really an issue, but nothing too unreasonable (probably 600 pounds max :)

Thanks in advance,


I'm upgrading my system but need some help with the motherboard choice!

Question by Sahil from India | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Dec 18, 2012 10:40 PM CST


I am going to upgrade my system this Christmas, I have chosen the Core i5 3570k and gskill 8GB (4gb*2)

Now the most difficult part: to choose the MOTHERBOARD

I have shortlisted to the following boards:

1) ASUS Z77 sabertooth = $309(in Indian price)

2) MSI Z77 MPOWER = $272

3) ASRock Z77 OC Formula = $309

4) ASUS Maximus V Gene (<3 ROG) = $254

I will strictly use this system for gaming, which motherboard you suggest for gaming and i have NZXT Lexa S case (will the OC Formula fit in it?).

Thank you, waiting for your suggestion.

I have around $450 to spend on my PC, what should I upgrade? My CPU or GPU?

Question by Luke from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Dec 17, 2012 11:19 PM CST

Hi I want to upgrade my system I don't know whether to upgrade gpu or cpu as game a lot at the moment I have an a8-5500 cpu with a 650 ti gpu and an ssd which component should I upgrade and also I have £300 to spend could you recommend either a cpu plus motherboard or a gpu depending on what you say I should upgrade. please bare in mind if you say about cpu and recommend a cpu don't forget I will most probably have to buy a new motherboard as well so if you recommend upgrading cpu you also recommend a motherboard which make a combined price of £300 or less.


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