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Poll Results: Which Platform Are You Upgrading From?

 
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All Sandy Bridge reviews will be posted here, and I will continue to update this post on a regular basis, as more reviews, benchmarks, and information become available.

RECOMMENDED MID-HIGH END SANDY BRIDGE BUILD

I have been looking for prices recently, and here are direct links to the lowest prices ( as of right now ) for all the items. A lot of the items from Amazon are recommended due to special bonuses they may carry, and most items have FREE shipping.

Intel 2500K - $232 FREE Civilization V + FREE Shipping
Intel 2600K - $338 FREE Civilization V + FREE Shipping

Gigabyte UD4 - $189
ASUS P8P67 PRO - $189

Corsair 4GB Memory - $49.95

SSD - x25-m 80GB - $204.95

Recommended SSD - X25-M 120GB - $229

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.95 ( 2 recommended in Raid )

EVGA GTX 570 - $359 ( Recommended )

MSI GTX 470 - $250 AR

HIS 6950 - ( Unlock to 6970 ) - $299

NZXT Phantom - $139
CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced - $79.99 Excellent case for the money.

Noctua NH-D14 - $79.95

HX-750 - $129 AR ( Recommended )
HX-850 - $159
TX-750 - $99 Non-Modular PSU

24" Monitor 1080p - $199

Windows 7 Premium Builder's Edition - $99

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In the 2nd Post you can find Sandy Bridge Benchmarks, which too will be updated on a regular basis.

Sandy Bridge Reviews

AnandTech - http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...i3-2100-tested

Bit-Tech - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...ridge-review/1

EndGadget - http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/03/i...nced-includes/

Guru 3D - http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i...-2600k-review/

Hardware Canucks - http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...rs-review.html

Hardware Heaven - http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...roduction.html

KitGuru - http://www.kitguru.net/components/cp...-2500k-review/

Legit Reviews - http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1501/1/

Maximum PC ( Great Article ) - http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fea..._washes_ashore

NeoSeeker - http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...600K_i5_2500K/

Overclock 3D - http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/c...ridge_review/1

Overclockers.com - http://www.overclockers.com/intel-i7...?utm_source=pr

PC Magazine - http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2374890,00.asp

PC Perspective - http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=1057

The Tech Report - http://techreport.com/articles.x/20188

Tech Spot - http://www.techspot.com/review/353-i...-corei7-2600k/

Tech Powerup - http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/I..._i5_2500K_GPU/

Tom's Hardware - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...500k,2833.html

Tweak Town - http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/375...pus/index.html


Sandy Bridge Motherboards For Sale

P67 Motherboards For Sale

GA-P67A-UD3P Motherboard Lowest Price is $165.67.

]GA-P67A-UD4 Motherboard Lowest Price is $199

GA-P67A-UD5 Motherboard Lowest Price is $265

GA-P67A-UD7 Motherboard $337.35

H67 Motherboards For Sale

GA-H67MA-UD2H Motherboard

GA-H67A-UD3H Motherboard


Sandy Bridge Compatible Motherboard Reviews:

Anandtech

ASRock P67 Extreme4

Overclock3D

Maximus IV Extreme Review

BenchmarkReviews

Intel DH67BL H67-Express Motherboard

ASUS P8P67 LGA-1155 Motherboard

Intel DP67BG P67-Express Motherboard

ASUS P8P67 EVO Sandy Bridge Motherboard

Bjorn3D

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE AND P8P67 PRO

HardOCP

MSI P67A-GD65 Review

Tech Reaction

Asus Maximus IV Extreme & I2600K Overclocking

Gaming PC Reviews

CyberpowerPC's Gamer Xtreme 4000: Now with Sandy Bridge

PC's With Sandy Bridge

HP Pavilion Elite

Sandy Bridge Thoughts & Advice

1st Time Builders

If you are putting a Gaming rig together, then my advice is to go with the 2500K, since Hyper Threading does not enhance or affect gaming performance, save the extra $100 over the 2600k, and put that towards a better GPU instead. My top recommendation would be a GTX 570, as it has the best overall Price / Performance.

If you are putting together a Video Editing Machine, do a lot of encoding, rendering, and use programs that do take advantage of Hyper Threading, then the 2600K is an excellent choice and performer, be sure to pair it with a GTX 470/570 minimum to take advantage of CUDA.

At this point, I cannot recommend anyone putting a new rig together to go with the x58 platform, since Sandy Bridge processors are great performers, they use less power, and the K processors overclock higher on air. It would be silly to invest in a socket that is about to be replaced by LGA 1356.

Existing X58 Users

If you're an existing X58 user, you still have an excellent setup, Sandy Bridge matches, and often exceeds the current performance, but the increase is minimal in the grander scheme of things, and it's not worth the upgrade hassle. You are much better off waiting for Ivy Bridge since 6 - 8 Core processors will be available, and THIS is where we will experience noticeable gains.

LGA 1155 will support Quad Core Ivy Bridge processors, it MAY support a single 6 Core with HT disabled, however, the much improved 6 - 8 core processors will most likely only be available on the Enthusiast socket LGA 1356 or 2011 what ever they end up calling it. ( I'm pretty certain 2011 will be the server socket, and 1356 the Enthusiast socket )

Who Should Upgrade to Sandy Bridge?

If the thought of having a processor @ 4.5 GHZ - 5 GHZ on air appeals to you, and you're coming from Socket 775, AM2/AM3 rigs or even older rigs, I can confidently say that you will gain the most from your upgrade to Sandy Bridge compared to 1366 and some 1156 users would. Especially if you can sell your hardware and get a reasonable price for it, your upgrade path will be worthwhile.

If You Are Upgrading to Sandy Bridge Be Sure to Post Your Benchmarks and Results Here!

2500K Video Review


2600K Video Review


First Look @ UEFI BIOS


Sandy Bridge Overview






















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Before digging into Gaming Benchmarks, let's clear up the misconception of whether or not 16x 16x are better than 8x 8x, and this article will clear that up:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...x16x16_vs_x8x8

Gaming Benchmarks:

Crysis Warhead



Civilization V



Civilization V: No Render



Dawn of War II



Dragon Age: Origins



Fallout 3



Farcry 2



Left 4 Dead



Starcraft 2



World of Warcraft



Idle Power Consumption



Load Power Consumption



Software Related Benchmarks

7Zip Benchmark



7zip Compression



Adobe Photoshop



3DS Max 9



Blender 3D Character Render



Cinebench



Cinebench Multi-Threaded



Excel Math Operations



Excel Monte Carlo Simulation



Par2 MultiThreaded Decompression Test



POV-RAY



Sorenson Squeeze



Sysmark 2007



X264 HD Benchmarks - 1st Pass



X264 HD Benchmarks - 2nd Pass



X264 HD 3.03 Benchmark 1st Pass



X264 HD 3.03 Benchmark 2nd Pass



Xmpeg + Divx Encode



Visual Studio: Compile Chromium



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bit-tech is giving bad results.

The chips are most clearly throttling down.

Just look at the comparisons.




I will be grabbing the i5 and putting it under my water cooler.
    
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The I5-2500k is clearly the best choice for those who are gaming, and do not really use Software Programs that actually take advantage of Hyper Threading.
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This is the crazy part:

    
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bit-tech is giving bad results.

The chips are most clearly throttling down.

Just look at the comparisons.

I will be grabbing the i5 and putting it under my water cooler.
Somebody should slap an aftermarket cooler on one and see what it can really do. It uses the same mounting holes as the 1156 does it not? There are plenty of coolers floating around out there that will fit. I wonder if they agreed to only use stock cooling for these first reviews.
    
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4.4GHz on the piddly little stock cooler. Dang.



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Somebody should slap an aftermarket cooler on one and see what it can really do. It uses the same mounting holes as the 1156 does it not? There are plenty of coolers floating around out there that will fit. I wonder if they agreed to only use stock cooling for these first reviews.

Anand did 4.8GHz with a "better cooler"
    
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I'm starting to add benchmarks to the 2nd post.
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Benchmarks, and other processor have been added to 1st and 2nd posts.

Let me know if you come across any other reviews so I can keep this thread up to date!

Poll is Now Added!
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