Value CPUs Rounded Up and tested to their limits

by Rafael Hernandez on April 19, 2010 · 0 comments

While the performance segment will hold most peoples attention, given the triple channel memory touting unlocked core goodness, the value processors have been slowly gathering an impressive list of features which make them a good choice for that non-extreme rig you’re planning.

Hardware Heaven has a look at five value range CPUs and two budget minded motherboards in a test to see which is worth your penny-pinching ways:

While there wasn’t a huge difference in the average CPU usage of the four AMD processors, the models with more cores achieve much greater average FPS scores.  Both the Athlon II X2 255 and Phenom II X2 555 reached 100% CPU usage during the test which caused unplayable framerates on a couple of occasions.  The X3 and X4 Athlons didn’t suffer this problem, though.  The i3-530 performed reasonably well in this test; the average framerate was good considering it only has two cores.  Unlike the two dual core Athlons, the i3-530 didn’t even reach close to 100% CPU usage and game play was smooth throughout.

Some serious performance differences depending on the benchmark being run which makes a choosing your next chip not so clear cut.

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