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lies, revisited

Thu 17 May 2018

In ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Benchmarks’ (2014) I wrote about varying measures of CPU power versus perception of speed, and concluded that there were no order-of-magnitude differences in affordable CPUs. Three and a half years later, there ought to be some change in the market. What’s the best bang-for-the-buck these days?

I characterized an AMD Athlon 5150 as the low end: x86-64, 4 cores, 2GHz, and for a cost of $50 or so, a single-thread performance index of 804. For the top of the reasonable range, I selected the i3-4470, 2 cores producing a benchmark of 2240 each for …

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