- Mar 24, 2011
- 2,286 (0.92/day)
- Burlington, VT
|Cooling||Deep Cool Gammax 400|
|Memory||8GB (4x2GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600|
|Video Card(s)||Gigabyte GTX 1060 Windforce OC 6GB|
|Storage||Samsung EVO 850 256GB / WD Caviar Black 1TB|
|Display(s)||Acer GD235HZbid 120hz LCD|
|Case||Rosewill Challenger Mid-Tower|
|Power Supply||Corsair 650W 650-TX|
All else being equal if I were to build a basic box with light weight gaming needs the APU would win. An extra $90 to spend on a GPU would get you more bang for the buck than the CPU's 10-15% increased efficiency.
Even with a 20% overclock, Llano wasn't really even close to the i5-2400. In games where the CPU plays any role, the i5's crush the Llano offerings, with the same discrete GPU. That's also comparing the $140 A8-3870K, the i5-2400 is currently $190, and you could even get an i5-2300 for $180, both of which are better than that CPU in every way (sans iGPU). If you look at the charts and see the ~$100 APU's, they are far worse.
Saying a Llano-based solution is as good as a Quad-Core SB solution, for anything short of day to day use, is dishonest at best.