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post #31 of 62
short answer, it was well worth it. read my review in my sig about my experience going from a phenom II system to a sb system.
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Went from 955 to 2600K!

1) Was the cost/hassle worth the jump?
100% Yes. Twice the price, but twice the performance!
2) Did you receive noticeable performance gains? If so, in what applications?
100% Yes. In almost every application you can think of!
3) Any difference in gaming?
100% yes. Nice not to have a CPU bottleneck anymore, my games cruise along nicely
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short answer, it was well worth it. read my review in my sig about my experience going from a phenom II system to a sb system.
Great thread you have there man... hearing about how much "smoother" everything is with SB over Phenom II is just making me want the upgrade that much more.

Obviously I'm not the delusional type that thinks I'll see 20 more FPS in BC2 just from a CPU upgrade with my single 470, but I'm hoping to go SLI for BF3 and I think it will really help me out to have a more powerful CPU when that comes along.

I wish I did more on my PC and could take advantage of all the speed SB brings to the table in things like encoding and such, but I just play games and browse OCN

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Went from 955 to 2600K!

1) Was the cost/hassle worth the jump?
100% Yes. Twice the price, but twice the performance!
2) Did you receive noticeable performance gains? If so, in what applications?
100% Yes. In almost every application you can think of!
3) Any difference in gaming?
100% yes. Nice not to have a CPU bottleneck anymore, my games cruise along nicely
You make me jelly...

I'm still hard-pressed to believe that the CPU alone makes everything that much smoother, but I suppose if I want to go SLI in the future anyway, I'm going to want/need a new motherboard anyway (be in 990FX or P67).
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Went from 1090t to a 2500k. Got a couple of chips, both were.. not fun.

No tweaking involved, way to boring, sold em now I'm on a x2 570 unlocked


1) Was the cost/hassle worth the jump?

Cost was so similar, not an issue, hassle is what makes overclocking fun and there was none of that.

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

Super pi? Much lower cpu-z's

3) Any difference in gaming?

Not in the slightest.
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Went from 1090t to a 2500k. Got a couple of chips, both were.. not fun.

No tweaking involved, way to boring, sold em now I'm on a x2 570 unlocked


1) Was the cost/hassle worth the jump?

Cost was so similar, not an issue, hassle is what makes overclocking fun and there was none of that.

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

Super pi? Much lower cpu-z's

3) Any difference in gaming?

Not in the slightest.
Balls

I'm hoping to at least get something out of the upgrade in terms of noticeable performance.

However, I'm all for "hassle" and tweaking, but right now I'm just starting my full-time job and I just really don't have all sorts of time to be screwing around on my PC and my overclock when I want to be playing a game instead.
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Last november i jumped from AMD(1055t@4ghz) to first first gen i5. I saved money (around £150) with the jump. Since then I have had multiple i3', i5's(1st&2nd gen), i7's and 775 chips. Unless bulldozer is amazing i dont see me going back ever. The only time i didnt see an increase in fps over 1055t was 775 dual core.

-E- Based on BFBC2 gameplay.
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Not sure why he got no performance out of gaming. When I had my 2600k/Deluxe and my 980x/R3E and the same time. I did benchmark runs and tested games with my 580. I saw better, smoother, and higher min fps on the SB setup. You should see better gaming performance for sure. If your playing new games. Maybe not if you play old games.
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Not sure why he got no performance out of gaming. When I had my 2600k/Deluxe and my 980x/R3E and the same time. I did benchmark runs and tested games with my 580. I saw better, smoother, and higher min fps on the SB setup. You should see better gaming performance for sure. If your playing new games. Maybe not if you play old games.
Kind of what I'm thinking... and if I go with a higher-end GPU/SLI to push BF3, I'll surely need a faster CPU to keep it at 100% utilization.

Worst case scenario, I buy the SB, decide against the switch, and sell the combo.
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Well Ivy Bridge should be compatible with 1155. So if you do need to upgrade down the road you should have some options. And quite frankly there's no better chips on the market atm than a 2600K/2500K - especially when it comes to pushing along GPU's. The single-threaded and memory-bandwidth performance of these sandy chips is simply amazing.

Just for reference i had my 955 coupled with a single GTX 570. I'm getting at least 10% better performance with a 2600K coupled with a 560ti when gaming. Can't wait to go SLI.
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Well Ivy Bridge should be compatible with 1155. So if you do need to upgrade down the road you should have some options. And quite frankly there's no better chips on the market atm than a 2600K/2500K - especially when it comes to pushing along GPU's. The single-threaded and memory-bandwidth performance of these sandy chips is simply amazing.

Just for reference i had my 955 coupled with a single GTX 570. I'm getting at least 10% better performance with a 2600K coupled with a 560ti when gaming. Can't wait to go SLI.
Just out of curiosity, why did you move from a 570 down to a 560ti?
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