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Strictly for gaming, if I continue to update my graphics card, when(roughly) would my CPU become the bottleneck. I know there isnt a black and white answer, but I am curious. With next generation games around the corner (battlefield 4), how many more years will the 2600k be considered a good processor?
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I'd give it another two years until it stops being considered good. Hell, the Lynfield i7s are now 4 years old and they are still relevant.
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i would throw in 2 years is the life of that. smile.gif
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I don't feel the need to upgrade mine yet smile.gif
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by jthurmond3 View Post

Strictly for gaming, if I continue to update my graphics card, when(roughly) would my CPU become the bottleneck. I know there isnt a black and white answer, but I am curious. With next generation games around the corner (battlefield 4), how many more years will the 2600k be considered a good processor?

My guess is that it'll be good until the advent of DDR4 memory. Since your motherboard has USB 3.0 and SATA-III, and its PCIe 2.0 isn't a bottleneck for any current card I don't see anything in the immediate future that will make the 2600K a problem.

The only unknown I can think of is how quickly Haswell's new instructions are widely adopted by software developers. It should take at least a year or two, however.
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Originally Posted by AndyM95 View Post

I'd give it another two years until it stops being considered good. Hell, the Lynfield i7s are now 4 years old and they are still relevant.

Any thing with a field on the end, Bloomfield still good as well - I love you so much i7 920 helpinghand.gif
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Seems like the consensus is 2 years. What exactly will the new CPUs have to improve performance past the 2600k plus a top of the line GPU? With hyperthreading I doubt the number of cores would be the changing factor. Cache size maybe? Also will these future CPUs have a different socket type (basically will have to upgrade my motherboard before upgrading my CPU in 2 years)?
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I'd give it another two years until it stops being considered good. Hell, the Lynfield i7s are now 4 years old and they are still relevant.

Kind of a side question. I see you play SC2. Do you have hyperthreading enabled?
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Originally Posted by ladcrooks View Post

Any thing with a field on the end, Bloomfield still good as well - I love you so much i7 920 helpinghand.gif

You nailed it.

My Yorkfield QX 9650 is still potent enough to drive a GTX 580 SOC (Super Overclock) card and it still produces decent FPS in both WoW and SWTOR at full ULTRA settings 1920X1080, the only games I play. In fact, I have had to cap my FPS using EVGA's Precision software b/c my FPS would skyrocket up to 111 FPS max, and one does not really need more than 60 FPS. I have got a screenie in my Rig below where I get 60 FPS at SWTOR 1920X1080, all settings at max inc anti-aliasing on and at max setting, at a moderate overclock of 3.92 GHz.

Given that my CPU was produced in Nov 2007, I'd say that a high-end CPU of any batch will be still relevant at least five (5) years after its production date or more.
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yeah I agree with above, from the date of production you got at least 5-6 years before you'll need to upgrade.
I went from a Q6600 to my 2500k, so I figure I still got years to go before i need to upgrade again.
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I say 4-5 years, possibly longer because it has become so hard to make CPUs faster. A 3770k is just 50-100% faster than a Q9650, that's all we got in 4 years.
Compared with GPUs:GTX 680 vs GT 8800. The GTX 680 is around 500% faster than a 8800 GT (released 2 years before Q9650 but the 9800 GT was same as the 8800 GT and released same year as Q9650). It's just much better to regularly upgrade your GPU and keep your CPU around for a longer time.
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