Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
There's ALWAYS something bigger and better coming in a few month's time. No reason to wait, or you'll always be waiting.
1155 platform is the way to go. Unless you already have a 1356 1366 board lying around, I do not see the I7 960 as a good deal.
You can always wait for something over the horizon, and what you have will always shortly made to look obsolete by something new.
To state the obvious, there are some drawbacks to the i7 960 deal:
- 1356 boards tend to be more expensive than 1155;
- i5 2500k is a more powerful (or even) chip for a similar price point;
- i5 platform grants the opportunity to upgrade to i7 2600 in the future;
- i7 960 uses more power;
- i7 960 is clocked lower, despite having more cache;
- i5 2500k is a more efficient revision of an existing architecture;
- i7 960 has lower turbo frequency;
- i7 960 has less resale value; and
- If Bulldozer does come out (and beats i5-i7), you will have an easier time selling the i5 system than the 1366 and you will get more money.
Here are some advantages of the i7 960:
- Hyper-threading (useful in some applications);
- USB3 on some 1366 boards; and
- Very slightly superior Xfire and SLI performance on 1366.
Here are some disadvantages of the Bulldozer platform:
- it does not exist yet on the consumer market;
- the release has been set back at least a dozen times and may be as late as august;
- performance is unknown (overlooking alleged wonky B0 engineering sample);
- the price is unknown;
- the price of most motherboards for the Bulldozer are unknown;
- whether or not the platform will have any bugs or errata is unknown;
- it will be an untested architecture;
- it will probably be extremely expensive;
- the last two generations of AMD processors have not been competitive with Intel's high range consumer-chips which is not a good precedent.
Here are some known advantages of the Bulldozer platform:
Edited by Majestic_Lizard - 6/14/11 at 1:43pm
- may come in a metal tin; and
- really cool package artwork.