Originally Posted by Blackops_2
Very true all the more reason to hope for Steamrollers success. If they could even manage within 15% of single threaded performance of Sandy Bridge, i'd be stoked.
Anyhow seems if your coming from Nehalem or there before Haswell is a good upgrade..for existing users :/
Considering the cost of going Haswell vs going SB/IB and the fact that Intel has minimal to no upgrade paths in any segment, I'm not so sure Haswell is much of a worthwhile buy to anyone really. Informed people can get similar to better performance for cheaper, with older hardware. This feels like its more aimed at OEM purchasers who will buy anything with a new model number on it, like rebranded GPU's just for the sake of an "upgrade".
Although Intel obviously didn't go backwards and do some pretty bad stuff, it feels very similar to the BD/PII situations. Whereas if you were using Athlon 64 or Phenom I, BD was a more expensive upgrade over PII without providing much, if any, benefit in performance. Same is true here. If your on a core series CPU, I just can't justify telling sum1 Haswell would be a "worthwhile" investment when you can still easily find SB and IB hardware in abundance for cheaper. It's just not something I can sell to people.
"Wanna pay more for the same?" Not gonna get a great response.
"Wanna pay less and have the same?" usually gets people interested though...
So yea... waiting for official benches and such, but it aint looking so great right now...