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MatyaSw

Old quad core vs newer dual core

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ok well it's 1AM rn so ignore any typos or anything of that kind. so uh I have some old PC's laying around that I wanna turn into a media pc to just stream some movies on my home network and stuff and I have 2 options for that. a Dell Optiplex 3020 with a dual core i3-4130 with a TDP of 54W and a Dell Precision T1500 with a quad core i7-860 with a TDP of 95W. so my question(s) was; whatd be better? a quad core or a dual core? im kinda leaning towards the i3 cause 1. the i3 is newer and supports hyperthreading and such. 2. it has a lower TDP which might give me the option to put a passive cooler on it for maximum quietness or something but a reason I thought the i7 might be the smarter choice is cause it has more cores... even though it is a lot older and runs on a slower architecture and stuff... so what are y'all's opinions? the i3? or the i7?

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what also matters is clock speed, instructions per cycle, etc

go onto intel ark or whatever and look these products up and compare everything


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33 minutes ago, MatyaSw said:

so what are y'all's opinions? the i3? or the i7?

i believe the i7 would beat the i3 in multi thread while i3 beats i7 in single thread

 

quickest way is fire up cinebench and test it


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a dual core should be more than enough to stream movies online unless it's not 4k or something

that i3 pc should also run cooler considering the much lower power consumption (if you are worried of overheating or something)


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i3 is better, it does the same job at lower power draw.


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Do you anticipate many users streaming at once, or just one person?  The i7 might be better for multiple streams/users (especially if transcoding is involved).

Otherwise I'd go for the quieter/lower power i3.

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I'd use a power meter and check how much power each of them actually uses.  Which one of them is getting less bogged down by the RAID calculations?

 

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