Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared
I was without a i5-2500k for several days.
I could have hung it up and gotten a used AMD system and another gtx 470 for close to the same price, but I didn't...
Because the Phenom II can't handle SLI, they can't even really handle a single high end card in a lot of older titles.
I've already seen the bottleneck with a single card first hand, and I saw it when I was offered an AMD 1055t based system + a gtx 470 in a swap, the scores and results were exactly what I feared, horrible sli scaling, terrible scores compared to even a single gtx 470 on a sandy bridge chip.
As I said before, AMD is great if you're playing older games, or are ok with your $300-$500 single gpu being bottlenecked, but for the rest of us who spend twice, or three times as much on gpus as the cpu in the first place it's just not really acceptable.
Doesn't seem that bad? Yeah it'll be slower then Intel post Core 2, but that's not really a bottleneck. That's just an older processor not being able to keep up with a new more powerful one.
The cards used were more powerful then a 470 as well. Sandy Bridge is amazing, but that doesn't mean everything else sucks.