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This article is awesome:
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fea..._washes_ashore

All other processors cease to matter in the wake of Intel’s new high-performance CPU

When your only competition is yourself, what do you do when you have to introduce your latest and greatest CPU? Commit fratricide against your own chips? If you have the muscle and war chest of Intel, then yes.

At least, that’s what Intel’s new Sandy Bridge CPU family does to the company’s existing lineup of processors—lines them up on a cliff and pushes them off, one by one.

The stellar Core i7-870? Off you go. Core i7-975 Extreme Edition? Who needs your luxury-priced ass, anyway? Core i7-950? We’ll see you in hell!

In essence, Intel’s Sandy Bridge has rendered all previous quad-core and dual-core processors obsolete in both performance and price. Yes, the top chips in Intel’s Sandy Bridge family are that fast. And they’re pretty damn cheap, too. The fastest Sandy Bridge chip, for example, will outrun the $1,000 Core i7-975 Extreme Edition, yet it costs just three bills.

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The top-end Core i7-2600K smashes every other quad-core Intel chip by healthy margins. This is aided by the new microarchitecture, the ring bus, and other magical stuff, we suppose, but we see no reason to buy any other CPU for the money. Even the once-powerful Core i7-975 Extreme Edition is flatly punched in the nose by the 2600K. While the 975 is long gone, you can extrapolate that the 2600K will outgun the Core i7-950, i7-930, and the poorly priced i7-960. Against non-Intel chips, it’s no contest. AMD’s hexa-core Phenom II X6 1090T, which was already getting beaten up by existing Hyper-Threaded Core i7 chips, also takes a serious thrashing from the Core i7-2600K.
Edited by 2010rig - 1/4/11 at 12:31am
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The first mobos have been spotted for sale, and updated the OP, we'll see what NewEgg prices will be like.

I'm sure the prices will get adjusted throughout the day.

Sandy Bridge 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
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lol?

you call $269.99 on sale? Amazon always has a knack for selling lots of latest pc hardware at high prices, then realizing their mistakes till much much later. But that one looks like it's a 3 way SLI board, so i guess $270 would be the optimal price range.

I would only trust Newegg for motherboards, anyways. BTW, is there going to be a Sandy Bridge mobo that has comfortable pricing(something like $120-$170) - like the P55-GD65 had? I wouldn't really want to spend more than $215 on Sandy Bridge's motherboard, but i guess that's the only choice for people who want to build an entirely new pc.
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If you only need 1 pci x 16 slot you'll find options in your price range.

My UD4 is a bit more expensive than some of the ASUS counter-parts, but I'm a fanboy I guess
    
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This article is awesome:
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fea..._washes_ashore

All other processors cease to matter in the wake of Intel’s new high-performance CPU

When your only competition is yourself, what do you do when you have to introduce your latest and greatest CPU? Commit fratricide against your own chips? If you have the muscle and war chest of Intel, then yes.

At least, that’s what Intel’s new Sandy Bridge CPU family does to the company’s existing lineup of processors—lines them up on a cliff and pushes them off, one by one.

The stellar Core i7-870? Off you go. Core i7-975 Extreme Edition? Who needs your luxury-priced ass, anyway? Core i7-950? We’ll see you in hell!

In essence, Intel’s Sandy Bridge has rendered all previous quad-core and dual-core processors obsolete in both performance and price. Yes, the top chips in Intel’s Sandy Bridge family are that fast. And they’re pretty damn cheap, too. The fastest Sandy Bridge chip, for example, will outrun the $1,000 Core i7-975 Extreme Edition, yet it costs just three bills.

----

The top-end Core i7-2600K smashes every other quad-core Intel chip by healthy margins. This is aided by the new microarchitecture, the ring bus, and other magical stuff, we suppose, but we see no reason to buy any other CPU for the money. Even the once-powerful Core i7-975 Extreme Edition is flatly punched in the nose by the 2600K. While the 975 is long gone, you can extrapolate that the 2600K will outgun the Core i7-950, i7-930, and the poorly priced i7-960. Against non-Intel chips, it’s no contest. AMD’s hexa-core Phenom II X6 1090T, which was already getting beaten up by existing Hyper-Threaded Core i7 chips, also takes a serious thrashing from the Core i7-2600K.
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One big question is whether LGA1155 will exist only for Sandy Bridge. There have been rumors of moving the new Xeon socket LGA2011, with its quad-channel memory, to consumers later this year, but we understand that Intel is now considering going back to a single-socket lineup. LGA1366 will be supported with updates this year, but after that, LGA1155 could be the only game in town.

lol I'd hate to wait - for a die shrink and miss all this great performance with no new socket
    
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Hyperthreading, will it be beneficial for emulation like MAME, PCSX2 & Dolphin?

I'm thinking of getting the i5 2500K because I will mostly game but I will also be using the rig for emulation of arcade games via MAME and also PCSX2 for PS2 and Dolphin for Wii since these emulators are very cpu intensive.
No, hyperthreading is not utilized yet. Besides the emulators use only 2 cores (exception a PCSX2 graphics plugin)

If you plan on emulation, then you can play most of the games even with an old dual core. except the NAOMI, Atomiswave games that can be played with Demul, NullDC etc and are very slow on MAME, you will not have any problems with the rest. Same goes for PCSX2 where only very few games require a higher cpu.
Note also that SDLMAME on Linux is faster than on Windows.

Eg a demanding MAME game (Gradius 4) is only on certain stages slow while it can be played normally with a dual core.

Emulators are improving so it is a waste building a high end computer just to play a PS2 game that could be later made playable with lower system requirements
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These new chips from Intel look really good and are good value for money. If I was upgrading I'd go for the 2500k.
It's the same old story with PC hardware. There's always something faster and if you buy the fastest CPU or GPU it won't be the fastest for long.
I try to upgrade when an 80%-100% performance increase is there, that way you can last a few years. Also only upgrade when you need more power not just because something new is out. New stuff doesn't make your stuff any slower.
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Yep, totally agree with ya.

Like I state in my OP, people coming from the 775 socket and people on older computers, will benefit greatly from this upgrade. A lot of AM2/AM3 users will see added, and in some cases substantial performance gains.

The mere fact that the K series can overclock to 4.8 - 5 GHZ on air, with really good temps makes this a solid choice, and is a very good option for a few months to come. I7 users required more expensive WC set ups to achieve 5 GHZ clocks.

For people building new gaming rigs right now, the choice is pretty simple. 2500K all the way, for $217, what other processor can come close to its price/performance right now?

Until BD & IB comes out, SB is in a "League of Its Own" right now, as AMD likes to put it, LOL. ( *cough 6950 *cough )
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