Originally Posted by qTAP
Well do you think the i5 will be faster then any AMD, because if it is then the i5 is not that far away from the i7. The i5 will be cheaper so it would help me out in this budget crisis. wow, new ATI dx11 cards coming out too..... Geeze too much stuff is going on in the next month or so. I would think the new ATI cards will be way to expensive. Might as well stick to a dx10 card and upgrade later.
From the benchmarks I have seen, the i5 is indeed more powerful than the Phenom II.
Where the Phenom II will pull ahead, is in multi-GPU systems. the 1156 platform is limited to 16 PCI-E lanes. The 790FX chipset on the other hand has a full 32 PCI-E lanes.
Apparently Nividia is developing a 1156 chipset, NForce 200 I think, that will allow x16 communication between cards, but is still limited to x8,x8 bandwidth to the CPU.