Originally Posted by Shion314
I was talking to some people and they said that a 2600k was better than the 990x I have. Is that true? I figured both were pretty similar and that the 990x would future proof the laptop better than a 2600k. Am I right or wrong?
Both processors kinda focus on different classes. If you need the cores for encoding, etc, the 990X sometimes beats the 2600K. For just gaming, the 2600K wins often. Overall, those two trade blows.
For price to performance ratio, the 2600K is the reigning champion hands down. (which might be the reason for your friends' comments)
The 990x WILL give you solid processing power for years to come. Some people only dislike it because it is an "old" chipset (x58) and they like newer things better. Bear in mind though that x58 = Enthusiast and P67/Z68 = High-performance/mainstream (depending on processor used)
I doubt Intel will produce any more processors for the x58 platform, however, P67/Z68 has some upgrades in store. And the socket 2011 lineups look even better.
Don't feel bad about the purchase because you've got yourself a beast of a processor!!
Example benches: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...0k-990x_4.html
(check the other pages too)