Originally Posted by jmm5351
Again, the core i5 2500K doesn't blow away the 1100T my buddy is getting. Yes it is slightly faster in just about everything but it doesn't blow it away and I am not doing a "disservice" as you say. I recommended my friend get the 2500K or the 1100T and he knew the 2500K was a little quicker than the 1100T in almost everything. And he chose the 1090T because with that setup he was able to save roughly 150 bucks and he got a nice corsair liquid cooling unit and also a beefier GPU. He can now over clock the 1090T to at least 4 Ghz and it will be as quick as a stock 2500K. And before anyone says anything, yes I know the 2500K is able to over clock to duh, but he saved money and got a better gpu and a liquid cooling unit. Sometimes money makes a difference. And a user probably wouldn't notice the difference in speed from the 2500K vs a 1090T/1100T. The 2500K is not that much faster to make a noticeable difference. Now the 2600K would make a noticeable difference.
One more thing I forgot to mention is that all of the 1155 boards that my buddy liked and wanted to buy in his price range are all sold out, and he needed to buy all of his components over this weekend. So there are other reasons than the obvious everyone thinks to buy AMD.
AND he possibly could upgrade his setup in the very near future with an AMD Zambezi CPU when they are released in June with just a simple Bios Upgrade. Even though AMD stated that a new socket will be needed for Zambezi to be compatible might not be 100 percent correct. Asus is claiming that their Crosshair IV Formula and Extreme will be Zambezi compatible via just a BIOS update. They already have the new AM3+ BIOS on their site and you can download it even. This sort of makes sense since the AM3 socket has 941 pin contacts and the AM3 CPU's only have 938 pins. So Zambezi could fit in an AM3 socket if it had 941 or fewer pins. But ASUS already has a BIOS update for their two most popular AM3 socket motherboards already, I believe that this is possible.
Oh I also forgot this, 1090T @ 4.5Ghz on Air as you requested.
I'm sorry, but I have rarely seen a person as close minded as you. It seems you had already made your mind even before posting the thread. The i5 2500k blows the 1100T away, especially in gaming where 2 cores of the 1100T are barely used (and that's coming from a person who also has a 6 core CPU) equaling it to a PII X4. In most games, you get at least
a 15% improvement and in CPU intensive ones, you get up to a 80% improvement. That is significantly better. If that isn't, I don't know what is.
Also, Sandy Bridge processors can comfortably do 4.8Ghz for 24/7, and some chips under water can do 5.2Ghz for 24/7 use. No PII could ever dream of achieve those clocks for 24/7 use (neither could Nehalem, just saying). So not only is Sandy Bridge significantly better clock for clock, it is also able to clock at least 25% more.
1155 motherboards are in the same price range as AM3 motherboards, and so are the RAMs. You could find many ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and AsRock motherboards on NCIX/Tigerdirect and similar sites. Only Newegg is nearly completely sold out.
You did your friend a great disservice. i5 2500k was the clear way to go.
Also, I would trust what AMD
says over what ASUS says regarding AMD
chips. And bear in mind, the socket 1155 has many more expected CPU releases, that in no way puts AM3+ in a special position. Maybe
your friend can switch to a Zamebzi CPU in June, but he would have definitely
been able to also upgrade his i5 2500k in November.Edited by born2bwild - 3/20/11 at 9:50pm