Originally Posted by Brutuz;15328510
It hits a CPU architecture limit. (Pentium 3 hit one at ~1.3Ghz, Athlon64/Phenom I at ~3Ghz, any CPU that couldn't go any higher no matter the node, etc has hit one.)
There are 1.4GHz Pentium IIIs (I own one) that overclock to 1.6GHz-1.7GHz at least, and by then, I believe they generally become more limited by the FSB of the board and/or RAM, or maybe they get a bit warm. It wasn't quite just fully architecturally limited.
Originally Posted by pursuinginsanity;15331528
I've seen numerous SB owners, especially folks with 2600ks already.. why on earth would you lay down another 300 bucks for what amounts to identical performance? It's a die shrink - there aren't going to be any great leaps in CPU computing power. The IGP is supposed to be greatly improved, but for a gamer/student - it boggles my mind why you'd even consider it.
Remember that you only need to buy a new CPU, not an entirely new platform (motherboard and RAM) too. Atop that, the current CPU can be sold off to cover, what, about half, plus or minus, of the new purchase. I can understand it from an enthusiast point of view (especially if this is another situation similar to the Conroe to Wolfdale transition), even if it's not bang for the buck practical.Edited by Princess Garnet - 10/16/11 at 11:36am