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post #21 of 40
Since Ivy Bridge is compatible with P67 mobos, your better off going with the 1155 format. 1366 should not be a discussion unless you can find an awesome deal for it.
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If your running three 580's right now, and might pick up another, 1366 is really the only answer. If you were willing to dip down to SLI with only two cards, I'd suggest 1155. Once IB arrives, sell your current system, keep your cards and upgrade.
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If your running three 580's right now, and might pick up another, 1366 is really the only answer.
Why?
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post #24 of 40
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Originally Posted by allikat View Post
Hrm, tricky.
1366 has the PCI-e lanes to run tri-sli, 1155 has the cpu horsepower.
I know the OP said he doesn't want to wait for a new socket, but I really do think that's the best answer. You need the successor to 1366, really. S2011 will have both the CPU power and the PCI-E lanes you need. The NF200 lane switcher is a band aid on the problem, with 3x580s you'll still experience lower performance than a chipset with the lanes you need. Ideally you want 24 or more lanes dedicated to your graphics, which means a chipset with 30 or more available.
Ivy Bridge is the answer, really. For 2 way then SB will do fine, but you want 1366 or 2011 for tri.

Right now you have the choice of older and slower chip&chipset that can keep the GPUs busy with data, or newer and faster chip and chipset which will starve the GPUs.
If you're buying now, can you say "rock and hard place"?

NF200 will turn the likely x8/x4/x4 into more like x6/x5/x5 but with the opportunity to dynamically shift lanes around, but it will still struggle to keep a trio of 580s busy.
I don't mind picking up a new cpu/mobo early next year when the dust has settled from the new hardware being released, so in a way, I'm waiting anyway. I really need to move away from AMD right now though, so I'll take what you said and keep it in mind.

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Just buy my freaking Classified 3, I will take off $$ just for you
It's still a consideration, which is why I created this thread. I need to get all the user experience that I can before I make the jump.
 
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post #25 of 40
Because even with an NF200 chip, the sandy bridge chipset just doesn't have enough PCI-E lanes to go around. It's as simple as that. No matter how awesome the SB chip is, the chipset is the blockage here.

Edit post OP ninja
I'd say if you want to make the move NOW, then go sandy bridge with an NF200, it will compromise you for a while, but the extra CPU horsepower will make up for that a bit. You can then move to the new socket when it's been out a while and have an awesome set of parts to sell on. I'll be looking at moving to SB or similar at about that point myself.
Edited by allikat - 5/5/11 at 8:44am
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post #26 of 40
I would say hold out for the ivy bridge processors and another motherboard to replicate the power and performance like we got from the x58. But ivy bridge isn't until late in q3. So either hold out until then or just know, you will be behind in 4 or so months again.
post #27 of 40
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post
Since Ivy Bridge is compatible with P67 mobos, your better off going with the 1155 format. 1366 should not be a discussion unless you can find an awesome deal for it.
This. 1366 has another year (from what I've heard), but you get more performance and longevity out of 1155 now.
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1366.

EDIT: shame that you do not want to wait... :/
Edited by adridu59 - 5/5/11 at 9:06am
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post #29 of 40
Both platforms are awesome. If you do not mind spending the money for the X58 now go for it. If you are an bench-junkie, this will be the way to go (with a 990x).

Why spend all that cash for X58 + 990x when performance difference is soooooo minimal when you have the i7 2600K?

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shame that you do not want to wait...
After seeing CH Skyline's sig, I agree with this
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/5/11 at 9:11am
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post #30 of 40
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Like I said, I'll see what the new hardware is like when it is released, but this thread (and my decision) is purely for right now.

I'm seeing good things so far here, though it seems that the consensus is that if I go with 1366 I should also pick up a 6 core. I'm not a bench freak, although I'll probably run a few to get an idea of system performance. I don't plan on spending $1k on a CPU though.
 
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