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Is bulldozer worth the wait

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I've been waiting a while to upgrade my pc finally to a high end processor, I've been gaming on an i3 for the past 6 months and I could really use the speed boost.

I'm looking at the i7-2600k.

However I don't know if I should wait for bulldozer to come out or go with sandy bridge?

Is bulldozer expected to be worth the wait?
post #2 of 24
No one knows for sure.

The only plausible reason I can see for waiting is if you use many multithreaded apps and do a lot of encoding. However, a 2500k/2600k will be enough for gaming for quite a long time to come. It's doubtful that BD will beat SB is single threaded performance (what matters in gaming), and if it does, it won't be a significant improvement. My opinion would be to buy now and don't look back. Enjoy those extra 2 months of gaming enjoyment you'll get from buying SB now.
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if u can wait for benchmarks to come out i would just to see, but ice is right an i7 2600k is real nice and will definitely hold its own for a long time, plus u can buy it now . i honestly was waiting for BD and ended up just building a phenom II 1100t rig and its plenty of power for gaming. it was a little more affordable than going Intel. Definitely go sb if u dont wana wait.
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That's what always put me off of buying amd, they're just not as good as intel for gaming. (in most cases anyway, I'm not being an intel fanboy)

Amd has proved to me multiple times why intel is more expensive than amd, because it's worth it.
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I was in this same dilemma 2 months ago. I went 2600K from AMD 965 and was blown away by the gains I saw. BD will have alot of cores so it may have more muscle for Encoding GFX work but for sheer thread performance AMD will have to jump 3 gens in one chip to equal SB.

Think it will be a great priced 8 core CPU, but by the time games use 8 core cpus it will be old news.

My advice go Sandy.
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I seriously doubt it so probably not. I remember reading that AMD touted 30-40% speed increases over Intel when Deneb was about to come out. And well we know that's not the case. More than likely the same situation with BD. But who knows.
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Intel boast more cores but they are virtual cores. Bulldozer is going to have real cores that share all the resources within the cup making it more efficient also..... So on paper, Bulldozer should win out but until we see proof, sandy is a test choice.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hydropwnics View Post
if u can wait for benchmarks to come out i would just to see, but ice is right an i7 2600k is real nice and will definitely hold its own for a long time, plus u can buy it now . i honestly was waiting for BD and ended up just building a phenom II 1100t rig and its plenty of power for gaming. it was a little more affordable than going Intel. Definitely go sb if u dont wana wait.
Why the 1100T?
Your dual core i7 laptop is probably faster than a Phenom II.
My X6 can't even handle a large group of tabs in Firefox while gaming,let alone encoding while playing a game.
Edited by Heavy MG - 6/13/11 at 11:43am
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post #9 of 24
If you have the money today, go for a 2500k as the i7 2600k is not that much of an improvement over the 2500k and play away. Bulldozer will be good, maybe even great, but however great it is, its time in the limelight as number one if it achieves such status, will likely be shorter than the amount of time we have all spent waiting for this thing to come out. Intel will release something better (Ivy Bridge) or at least comparable and in 2 years time we will be where we are today, Just sitting around talking about Intels that are able to reach 7ghz and Amd's that can only reach 6ghz.


I guess I am disillusioned by the wait.
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Originally Posted by Hawk777th View Post
I was in this same dilemma 2 months ago. I went 2600K from AMD 965 and was blown away by the gains I saw. BD will have alot of cores so it may have more muscle for Encoding GFX work but for sheer thread performance AMD will have to jump 3 gens in one chip to equal SB.

Think it will be a great priced 8 core CPU, but by the time games use 8 core cpus it will be old news.

My advice go Sandy.
Seriously? What "blew you away?"

Gaming performance @ 1024x768?

Benchmarks?

Anything practical?

I ask because I have considered going down to microcenter and grabbin the 2500K + P8P67 PRO, but I just can't justify it when all the review say that the GPU is a bottleneck at 1920x1080.
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