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Thinking about upgrading to a new pc very soon, but my main dilemma as of right now is if whether or not I should wait a year for the new 14nm technology to come out...

i know there isn't much information on it but do you guys think it would be worth waiting about a year to upgrade to a broadwell-e cpu? My general uses for the computer are focused around gaming and light workstation use (some programs i use are after effects, sony vegas, photoshop, flash, etc)

so let me know your guys' opinion!!!

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From my admittedly limited understanding Broadwell will offer huge benefits to tablet computers and very little to HEDTs. Most of the innovation seems to be around lower power rather than faster. If 32 vs 22nm is a clue it might be even harder to overclock Broadwell-E. Nothing I have heard about Broadwell makes me think Broadwell-E will be a significant improvement over Haswell-E.

Also Broadwell-E is probably close to two years away. Sandy-E to Ivy-E was 22 months and Ivy to Haswell-E was only one year. I believe server chips like a two year cycle and the chipset/socket was already outdated for Ivy which could explain why Haswell-E was released so soon after. I think we are likely in for a long wait for the next HEDT chip from Intel. You never know but I wasn't willing to wait. smile.gif
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Go for Haswell-E. No point of waiting. When Broadwell is out, Skylake is around the corner etc. Dont wait if you need it! thumb.gif
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Yeah, don't get in the waitforupgrade trap.
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Thanks everyone for your input!
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The one thing you can always say about CPUs (at least for now) is that the one next year will be better than the one you can buy today. Has been true for a very long time. It also means that waiting is basically a guarantee to better, but if you are waiting for them to top out you might be dead before it actually happens.
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by suavebrahhh View Post

Thinking about upgrading to a new pc very soon, but my main dilemma as of right now is if whether or not I should wait a year for the new 14nm technology to come out...

Crucial info which you missed to give is: What do you have now??? For if you have last yr processor it definitely is not worth to upgrade and even maybe same with 3ys old high-end processor if you would like to buy current lower-endish. If you have 5 ys old processor it is definitely worth to buy and now.

Why now despite that new processors are always in the wings? This is because the desktop processors peace of improvement is low, one could say very low. The emphasis is now on mobile and especially power reduced. Thus, you can expect that 14 nm desktop processors will offer 10% performance jump, and even that might be application dependent. Except if you go to ultra high-end, e.g. now the ultra high end consumer processor is i7-5960X which has 8 cores, while in the previous generation it was 6 cores. For some applications this offers bigger jump in performance but generally it is rather modest.

So you buy now sacrificing potential 10% improvement in the next 18 months but since life is finite with unpredictable end, you will enjoy better performance during this time.

ADDED: This illustrates my point on the example of top of the range processors. 14 nm Broadwell-E will be delayed to 2016 and with no real change comparing to the current Haswell-E.
Edited by wirk - 10/21/14 at 10:09am
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Wow great post thank you for your advice biggrin.gif


this is my current build:

Processor: i7 950 3.07ghz (not overclocked)
Graphic Card: GTX 480
Ram: 6GB of Corsair Dominator Ram 1866mhz (3x2gb sticks)
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Motherboard: evga x58 SLI le
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I think i'm due for an upgrade? What do you think? biggrin.gif
post #9 of 11
It will be worth it. Buy a new gtx980 and you will have a great performing rig.
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Originally Posted by kalleklovn12 View Post

It will be worth it. Buy a new gtx980 and you will have a great performing rig.

I agree, there is a big jump from 1366. An SSD would be very nice as well.
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