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This changes the gaming CPU landscape far more than we thought it would. As soon as Intel gets its platform problems solved, it'll be a serious contender under the $150 mark for the first time in, well, a while. AMD's next-generation processors cannot get here soon enough. Until then, the company should worry hard about the possibility of a $100 dual-core Sandy Bridge-based Pentium.

One final note: yes, we know that LGA 1155-based motherboards are currently unavailable, and the CPUs have largely been pulled back as well in response. Frankly, if you’re about to build a system and Intel’s most recent developments look good to you, then it’s worth the month or two wait until motherboards become available.
Full review

Time to wait for the SB release without problems, even with BD, SB is walk away with performance and price.
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Interesting view, AMD is in trouble and I do hope bulldozer lands really soon!!!!
    
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Oh, Sandy Bridge has game all right. But can any of those models overclock?
And to release this comparison now with Bulldozer 1 month away and Llano a few more months away is just absolutely unfair
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Pretty useless comparison if you ask me,since most games of those games clearly are "optimized" for Intel...and it shows.The one game reviewed that AMD paid to help develop is Just Cause 2,and here we can see probably more like the real comparison-
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This seems quite useless really. Stock i3s and am3s vs non ocable sandy, just to be "fair" at under 200. Don't see much sense to it really.
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Pretty useless comparison if you ask me,since most games of those games clearly are "optimized" for Intel...and it shows.The one game reviewed that AMD paid to help develop is Just Cause 2,and here we can see probably more like the real comparison-
That is probably a more accurate depiction of actual performance capability, but it's not really a useless comparison just because most games run better on Intel systems. The simple truth is that optimizations affect performance. Also, the vast majority of processors are Intel, so it would make sense that developers would be more prone to devoting their resources toward optimizing for the majority of the market.

AMD really needs to hope Bulldozer is not only faster than Intel offerings, but is also fast enough to negate the optimization gap.
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That is probably a more accurate depiction of actual performance capability, but it's not really a useless comparison just because most games run better on Intel systems. The simple truth is that optimizations affect performance. Also, the vast majority of processors are Intel, so it would make sense that developers would be more prone to devoting their resources toward optimizing for the majority of the market.

AMD really needs to hope Bulldozer is not only faster than Intel offerings, but is also fast enough to negate the optimization gap.
That's true-but that is what we have all known for 10 years,that's why I stated it is not very usefull,nothing new.
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And to release this comparison now with Bulldozer 1 month away and Llano a few more months away is just absolutely unfair
Bulldozer is not 1 month away. From what I heard it is going be out on early Summer
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Oh, Sandy Bridge has game all right. But can any of those models overclock?
And to release this comparison now with Bulldozer 1 month away and Llano a few more months away is just absolutely unfair
Agree with the unfair thing.

Regarding Bulldozer and LLano, Don (the guy-s review writer) toll me that he will add both BD and LLano when this comes out to the market.
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I dont see any benefit with going with a higher price CPU when a amd PhII 955 for $150 can do what a higher price cpu can do. You can use the money you have and put it into what matters in gaming, a more powerful graphics card.
Price will drop further down later in the year when Buldozer is actually released.
    
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