core 2 duo vs. i3 what's the big difference?

November 20, 2010 at 07:58:35
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core 2 duo vs. i3 what's the big difference?

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#1
November 20, 2010 at 11:05:10
You need to do some googling. The Core 2 Duo was/is a great CPU but the Core-i series is even better. It's based on a different arhitecture that eliminates the FSB (front side bus). The memory controller is now built into the CPU rather than the motherboard, similar to how AMD has been doing for years. AMD calls the FSB replacement "HyperTransport", Intel calls it "QuickPath Interconnect".

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#2
November 21, 2010 at 00:42:02
The i3 also features hyper-threading. Definitely handy if you do a lot of video encoding.

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#3
November 21, 2010 at 06:32:40
core 2 duo and core i3 use the same architecture (core architecture) but core i3 architecture is improved. If u are using high end core 2 duo (e8400, e8500, e8600) u are not going to see bigger improvement.

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