Originally Posted by eltocliousus
I appreciate your very informative reply, and I do appreciate all the other replies even if I feel pushing me to get sandy bridge really is a lost effort (in preference and price unfortunately). My main reason for getting the FX-6100 is I feel bulldozer may turn up a good choice later on, It's the same price as the 1090T and although the 1090T performs better (and I understand that) I still feel compelled to get the bulldozer, stupidly involved or not.
I'd definitely grab the 960T if I could but short of getting it shipped overseas I simply can't.
If you're that set on getting Bulldozer, you might as well save some money and get a 1055T instead. The FX-6100 is NOT a true 6-core like the 10xxT series are, and doesn't perform as well at the same clock speeds. So, a 1055T will probably offer you better performance than a FX6100 in most cases.
Remember how Phenom I was when it came out? BIOS updates and such helped, but nothing made a huge difference. Things aren't going to change with Bulldozer. You can expect slight improvements with updates (and maybe a new revision from AMD), but I wouldn't hold out for a huge performance increase from a BIOS update. It's just not going to happen.
I know it's probably a lost cause, but here's a bit more food for thought. If you go for the 10xxT setup with a 990FX board now, you may be saving a small amount vs. a 2500K/Z68 setup, but you also won't be getting nearly the same level of performance. Even in multithreaded applications, a 2500K @ 4.5 GHz will match or beat a 10xxT @ ~4 GHz (which is what you can expect to reach with a good
board). And in applications that use 4 or less threads (which is to say, almost everything), the 2500K will annihilate a 10xxT.
And when it comes to upgrades, we don't know whether that 990FX AM3+ board will support Piledriver. It might, or it might not. With Z68, there are no doubts about whether it will support Intel's next generation, Ivy Bridge. We already know it will, with 100% certainty.
So, if you get to the point where you need to upgrade a few years from now, you might have to ditch the whole AMD setup if it turns out that the 990FX board you got will not support Piledriver. And that will end up costing you more $$ in the long run.Edited by 996gt2 - 10/24/11 at 1:12am