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intel core I3 vs AMD QUAD CORE


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I am not actually building but need an educated comparison on these two processors. all other things being equal is a duel core Intel I3 hyperthreading to 4 threads equal to a AMD athlon II quad core? i know there can be varibles, but they are both clocked at 3.1 ghz, same hard drive size, same ram size. intel in a gateway and Amd in an HP pavilion if brands makes a difference.
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all other things being equal is a duel core Intel I3 hyperthreading to 4 threads equal to a AMD athlon II quad core?

No. It is still a dual core vs quad. And like all rules, there are exceptions, but it is still safe to say a quad is better than dual.

And it is an impractical question anyway because you will not find a dual core Intel based motherboard that will have "all other things equal" to a quad based AMD motherboard.
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thank you for validaying my thoughts as opposed to someone trying to tell me his product was equal. i kept on thinking it is a duel core. hperthreading just confused the issue.
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HT is a method to "virtually" create two processors out of one. It does improve performance, but it is not equal to physically having twice the number of cores.

I am sure there are some entry level quads that would struggle to keep up with a high-end dual core HT processor. But with all else being equal, they are not!
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thanks
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If that Intel i3 is a Sandy Bridge, it will outperform the quad-core AMD Athlon in most situations except the select few programs that fully take advantage of more than two cores. Sandy Bridge is a superior microarchitecture, so while the numbers might look equal, that's only part of the story.
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nothing was said of Sandy Bridge. it is a mid range gateway computer.
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Was the processor an Intel Core i3-2100?
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i think so.
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