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Buy Sandy Bridge now or wait for bulldozer?

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I was recently allowed to upgrade my rig. Should I get sandy bridge now or wait for bulldozer which is coming relatively soon? FYI I am running sli but i don't think the dual 8x slots should affect it that much.
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Get sandy bridge if your gaming. According to rumors, bulldozer will beat sandy bridge, but not in performance. It will beat sandy bridge in having more cores and a better price/performance ratio. But won't likely beat it clock for clock, which is important for gaming.
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GTX470 SLI is still offering excellent performance, especially overclocked. For years to come.

My point is that there 99% most likely won't be native support for SLI on a Bulldozer platform, if even hackable.

Go Sandybridge now, be happy later.

Performance wise, BD will be on par if not better clock for clock than SB. Whether it can hit those 5ghz+ speeds quite easily, won't know until June.
Edited by Dmac73 - 3/14/11 at 10:23pm
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ok thanks a lot guys + rep
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I would go for Sandy Bridge as well. Go with a 2500k if you are into gaming only.
post #7 of 7
Also agree that if this is a gaming rig, you can feel comfortable getting into an i5-2500K. It's a top notch gaming CPU, better than anything AMD makes right now for gaming. As others are suspecting, it looks like bulldozer will probably offer more cores but they won't help in gaming right now. (AMD X6s perform on par with their similarly clocked X4s in all games right now).
     
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