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I'm just hating the idea of having to reinstall AGAIN.

Isn't just windows on your SSD?
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6 years is not atypical for CPU development.

In fact, Sandy Bridge was in development since 2005, so it took 6 years too.

Its ok bud.
    
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1) Was the cost/hassle worth the jump?

Definitely worth the cost and hassle. I don't regret my purchase at all.

2) Did you receive noticeable performance gains? If so, in what applications?

Folding I noticed a huge jump, and also in gaming.

3) Any difference in gaming (at typical resolutions - 1080p/1200p)?

I noticed a substantial increase in games, most notably in games like sc2 where I saw a 100% increase in performance.
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Isn't just windows on your SSD?



Its ok bud.

Mostly just windows lol...

I added a couple programs that could really use the speed boost (Office, Winamp, etc.)

Steam and all that jazz is on my HDD.

However, reinstalling is always a PITA regardless of where the programs are since it breaks the link to the programs.

I just read a guide on how to swap out the cpu/mobo though without having to reinstall right away by using sysprep or repair install, so I'll probably give that a go first.

It's getting to be too late in the day for me to travel south toward DC to hit up Microcenter, but I do believe I shall head down there tomorrow for my lunch break.
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Mostly just windows lol...

I added a couple programs that could really use the speed boost (Office, Winamp, etc.)

Steam and all that jazz is on my HDD.

However, reinstalling is always a PITA regardless of where the programs are since it breaks the link to the programs.

I just read a guide on how to swap out the cpu/mobo though without having to reinstall right away by using sysprep or repair install, so I'll probably give that a go first.

It's getting to be too late in the day for me to travel south toward DC to hit up Microcenter, but I do believe I shall head down there tomorrow for my lunch break.



When I moved from Phenom 2 to SB I just swapped the hdd from old rig to a new one...worked like a charm no reinstall needed biggrin.gif

Other then that gaming did see a lot of improvement (also folding) and computer feels alot snappier too
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Why are we still waiting for bulldozer to compare our SB chips to which have been out since 1/11.

Its 6/11 now, and bulldozer was delayed again with an expected release in another 60 to 90 days. Putting it on track for at best a release date of 8 or 9/11.

By the time slowdozer comes out (and I call it that because eight cores attempting to match 4 with HT is epic folly on every level possible when you consider the sheer amount of applications that don't even use 4 cores) SBe will be out, or out very shortly thereafter. Why compare the low end SB chips to AMDs best? Why not wait to see what SBe does so we can all have a good joke of slowdozer.

Whats more is Ivy for 1155 will be out only a few short months after slowdozer is finally released. Why wait on AMD? We've been waiting on their new design for six + years already.

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I pose this question to all of you out there that have converted from a Phenom II to either an i5-2500K or i7-2600K.

1) Was the cost/hassle worth the jump?

2) Did you receive noticeable performance gains? If so, in what applications?

3) Any difference in gaming (at typical resolutions - 1080p/1200p)?


I have to ask because I keep seeing so many SB users on here claiming that SB has "blown" their minds in so many ways when I just don't see it. I mean, from a gaming perspective, you're still looking at a GPU bottleneck all the way up to GTX580 territory according to all the reviews. And I understand that SB is much faster than Phenom II in other benchmarks, but do you ever really feel that speed?

Thanks in advance for your input.

I went from a Phenom II X4 945 OC'd to 3.75GHz to an i5 2500k.

Was the cost/hassle worth it? I don't think so. SB hasn't blown my mind at all. I can still play games relatively well. Sure, I'm getting 68Gflops using Linx when I OC to 5 GHz, but that's just synthetic. The only time I REALLY notice is encoding video for my iPhone. But I only do that every once in awhile. Gaming is relatively the same for me though. I still get nice framerates in all my favorites smile.gif
    
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Originally Posted by kidwolf909;13856956 
I pose this question to all of you out there that have converted from a Phenom II to either an i5-2500K or i7-2600K.

1) Was the cost/hassle worth the jump?

2) Did you receive noticeable performance gains? If so, in what applications?

3) Any difference in gaming (at typical resolutions - 1080p/1200p)?


I have to ask because I keep seeing so many SB users on here claiming that SB has "blown" their minds in so many ways when I just don't see it. I mean, from a gaming perspective, you're still looking at a GPU bottleneck all the way up to GTX580 territory according to all the reviews. And I understand that SB is much faster than Phenom II in other benchmarks, but do you ever really feel that speed?

Thanks in advance for your input.

I converted from a 1090t to this 2600k:

1) Definitely worth it. It's a hassle selling your AMD stuff, but within a couple hours of SB enjoyment you'll love it.

2) I received a major performance gain in applications like Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Star Craft II, F@H, and other Multi-threaded apps. Single threaded apps are also phenomenally faster, being about 10%-20% faster at the same clocks.

3) There were major differences in CPU intensive games, like BC2 and Star Craft II, however, in more GPU-oriented games, a graphics card upgrade would do more than Sandy Bridge.


In the long run, Sb hasn't "blown my mind", but it hasn't disappointed. It is around 10% to 20% faster per thread at the same clocks. The main strong point about Sandy though, is the overclocking capability.

So decide if you really need Sandy, if you are running CPU intensive games, or GPU intensive games. Whether you are doing some hard core rendering, or just browsing the web, it's really your choice.

Hope that helped:)
    
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I went from a Phenom II X4 945 OC'd to 3.75GHz to an i5 2500k.

Was the cost/hassle worth it? I don't think so. SB hasn't blown my mind at all. I can still play games relatively well. Sure, I'm getting 68Gflops using Linx when I OC to 5 GHz, but that's just synthetic. The only time I REALLY notice is encoding video for my iPhone. But I only do that every once in awhile. Gaming is relatively the same for me though. I still get nice framerates in all my favorites smile.gif
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I converted from a 1090t to this 2600k:

1) Definitely worth it. It's a hassle selling your AMD stuff, but within a couple hours of SB enjoyment you'll love it.

2) I received a major performance gain in applications like Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Star Craft II, F@H, and other Multi-threaded apps. Single threaded apps are also phenomenally faster, being about 10%-20% faster at the same clocks.

3) There were major differences in CPU intensive games, like BC2 and Star Craft II, however, in more GPU-oriented games, a graphics card upgrade would do more than Sandy Bridge.


In the long run, Sb hasn't "blown my mind", but it hasn't disappointed. It is around 10% to 20% faster per thread at the same clocks. The main strong point about Sandy though, is the overclocking capability.

So decide if you really need Sandy, if you are running CPU intensive games, or GPU intensive games. Whether you are doing some hard core rendering, or just browsing the web, it's really your choice.

Hope that helped:)

Thanks guys! I was hoping somebody would come in here and speak rationally about the subject for a minute. Right now, most of the time I spend on my PC revolves around Firefox and BC2.

Once BF3 comes out, it will definitely be taking up a lot of my time. And if BF3 is heavily CPU dependent like BC2, then SB will be worth it for me.

Though I have to admit, a good portion of my interest in an upgrade to SB comes from the overclocking (it's been a good 9 months or so since I touched my X6 OC and I love to tinker) and the fact that my X6's value will be plummeting upon release of Bulldozer.

Meanwhile, I expect SB to hold it's value against BD at least until IB comes out later next year.

I already have a pretty much guaranteed buyer for my X6 and mobo, so I think I will be moving to SB as soon as I get down to Microcenter biggrin.gif

EDIT: Anyone know of any SB reviews that show a BC2 bench?
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I'd do a fresh install if it were me. I have about 15-20 games on my 256gig SSD and all my benchmarks. I will be re-installing windows too and I'm using X58 right now. Coming from Amd to Intel, I would re-install for sure. You mite be able to get things working with out, but mite work a lot better if you do. Reloading window on a SSD on SB takes 15mins, updating and loading drivers, another hour or so. A fresh install is like a fresh piece of A$$biggrin.gif
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I'd do a fresh install if it were me. I have about 15-20 games on my 256gig SSD and all my benchmarks. I will be re-installing windows too and I'm using X58 right now. Coming from Amd to Intel, I would re-install for sure. You mite be able to get things working with out, but mite work a lot better if you do. Reloading window on a SSD on SB takes 15mins, updating and loading drivers, another hour or so. A fresh install is like a fresh piece of A$$biggrin.gif

I know what you mean but I JUST reinstalled when I got my SSD 2 months ago frown.gif
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