Originally Posted by Vrait
If you want an 8170, might as well get a 2600k or an Ivy bridge cpu. The 8170 is going to flop.
He has good reason to want to go with BD. A $250 reason, from what he said. For saving that much money, I probably wouldn't recommend going with Intel either. If he can't afford it, he can't afford it. Any other scenario, and money wasn't part of the equation, of course we should be pushing SB on him, but it is. He has clearly stated the reason for his decision and it is a perfectly good one. He will be just fine with BD, so let's leave him alone and stay on topic.
I have a feeling these cards are going to be beasts. We are going to either be getting a monster raw performance jump, like 2x the previous or a good mix of power consumption reduction with moderate performance improvement. With a die shrink of this size, it is almost a certainty. I hope for a good mix of both, something along the lines of 75-85% improvement with 30-40% less power. I think we are going to be very happy with what they plan on bringing.