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post #1 of 23
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So, I'm building a new PC shortly(hoping EA/DICE announce the required specs for BF3 soon), and I'm torn between an X58 or a P67 PC. I was going to go full X58, but since they worked out the kinks with P67, I don't know anymore. Money is not an issue, I want pure performance.
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P67, unless you want tri/quad SLI
 
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post #3 of 23
I would say P67. It's a more efficient platform, in benches, faster than the X58 platform. Besides, most games don't utilize more than 4 cores, if any at all do.
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post #4 of 23
Unless you absolutely need to saturate every drop of available PCI bandwidth (eg you're running tri-sli of the best cards on the market etc) then there's no reason to go with X58 over P67 for gaming IMO.
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post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by MetalBeerSolid View Post
P67, unless you want tri/quad SLI
The most I will go is dual sli. Would that me an issue? I read P67 is x8/x8 and X58 is x16/x16. Is this true?
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post #6 of 23
The differences in gaming is miniscule, but go with p67 since it's newer.
 
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p67 mobos are better, but only because of the new CPUs they support, which are faster.

The only real issue with p67 is the limited number of pci lanes and the fact that even though most of the p67 mobos have two or more full length pcie slots, all those pcie slots are not all 16x, or even 8x, the 2nd pcie slot on the large majority of p67 mobos is actually only 4x.

So if you want to run sli or crossfire on a p67 mobo, you're better off buying a dual gpu card and putting it into the proper 16x slot.

Since you already have 2x single gpu cards, unless you seell them and go a dual gpu card, you'll need to buy one of the few p67 mobos that actually supports 8x/8x configuration - don't just assume it supports 8x/8x configuration because it has two full length 16x pcie slots, or you might end up buying a mobo that will only do 16x/4x.
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post #8 of 23
At this point, P67 is better because of the newer tech. 8x/8x would not bottleneck that much. Sandy Bridge is slightly faster and can overclock higher with lower temps.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by un-nefer View Post
p67 mobos are better, but only because of the new CPUs they support, which are faster.

The only real issue with p67 is the limited number of pci lanes and the fact that even though most of the p67 mobos have two or more full length pcie slots, all those pcie slots are not all 16x, or even 8x, the 2nd pcie slot on the large majority of p67 mobos is actually only 4x.

So if you want to run sli or crossfire on a p67 mobo, you're better off buying a dual gpu card and putting it into the proper 16x slot.

Since you already have 2x single gpu cards, unless you seell them and go a dual gpu card, you'll need to buy one of the few p67 mobos that actually supports 8x/8x configuration - don't just assume it supports 8x/8x configuration because it has two full length 16x pcie slots, or you might end up buying a mobo that will only do 16x/4x.
The middle end and higher boards will be 8x/8x. There are 2 boards that are 16x/16x, this is accomplished via the NF200 chip on the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 and Asus Maximus IV Extreme. Now the difference seen between 16x/16x and 16x/16x via NF200 will be maybe 1-2 FPS if that. The difference between 16x/16x and 16x/8x or 8x/8x is maybe 4-5 FPS. Yes he could sell the dual GPU cards for a single card with dual GPU's but why, there is really no point.

I would also say to the OP, depending n what you currently have now GPU wise. It may be better to upgrade GPU's at the same time you upgrade your CPU. Go P67 you will be better off in the long run.
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post #10 of 23
In short no, P67 is not that much better for gaming, if any better at all.
I would say that if I owned it.

The clock speeds that SB can hit however is where the advantage is.
But its not really an upgrade for gaming if you already have a 1366LGA setup.
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