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post #31 of 61
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if this thing can run SC2 at solid levels(even if I must OC its GPU) then this will be my next CPU.
I noticed a fairly decent fps increase going from a Q9550 to a i5 750 in SC2. For now I think I'm gpu limited.

This platform doesn't look that interesting to me yet. I need to see some gaming benchmarks. Hopefully it overclocks like a beast, or I won't be upgrading.
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post #32 of 61
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Is Sandy Bridge the new architecture to replace Nehalem or just a die shrink like Q9550 was for Q6600?
Q9550 was a completely different architecture...
    
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post #33 of 61
LESS PINS! LESS POWAAAAAA!!!!



I hope they let this socket live longer....
post #34 of 61
Looks like I will be sticking with my current i7 setup until Intel can make up its mind about its sockets or switching back to AMD for bulldozer.
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post #35 of 61
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*sigh* ANOTHER new socket? *** Intel? 1156 only just started getting really mainstream, and now it's already being replaced? Every time I ponder going Intel, hoping for a platform that will stick around for more than 18 months, you do this. 2 years from release to obsolete, way to go intel. Try keeping a socket for 3 or 4 years, and I'll shift, deal?
You're even replacing 1366 as well? Sheesh, I was under the (obviously incorrect) impression that 1366 was intended to be the enthusiast and professional platform for a few years to come...
It's no different than it was in the past. Unless you're telling me you got a Core 2 series chip working in an LGA 775 800-series chipset board. Or even got a 45nm Core 2 Quad working in some of the early Core 2 capable chipsets like 965 or 680i. Or just think back to how only CERTAIN 945 boards supported Core 2 chips, but others didn't. LGA 775 was no miracle socket, that's for damn sure.

I personally prefer socket changes to niggling little chipset upgrades like Intel used with 775. Having to buy a new board is annoying either way, whether you need the new chipset or the new socket. Either way you're replacing your CPU and mainboard, who cares if it's for a socket or a chipset?
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From what I heard, there needs to be driver updates for popular software to take advantage of the AVX extension.

Considering SB @ 2.5Ghz beat Nehalem @ 3.2Ghz in most tests and in some by significant margins, I'm really excited about its prospects and the mainstream price point of ~$200.

For those that have an i7 system, I surmise that it would be like coming from a Q9650 to a i5 750.
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Does this mean if I have a LGA 1366 Mobo, I won't be able to upgrade and use these new processors?
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post #38 of 61
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Originally Posted by meticadpa View Post
Q9550 was a completely different architecture...
He's asking more so, if Sandy Bridge is a die shrink of Nehalem like Q9550 was to Q6600

The answer is no, Sandy Bridge is new. But it would be accurate to say it's heavily based on Nehalem and Westmere.

Kinda like AMD's K10 built off of K8.
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Bulldozer is rumored to be slower than Phenom 2 in single threaded applications.
Does this make sense to you?
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Looks like I will be sticking with my current i7 setup until Intel can make up its mind about its sockets or switching back to AMD for bulldozer.
This! Besides, it is best to wait a generation or two to upgrade. To do so every generation....is a waste Just because Sandy Bridge is delivered doesn't mean your i7s are obsolete. They are not, and not by a long shot. I am interested in seeing F@H performance from these as well.
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