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Upgrade at Broadwell or wait until Skylake?

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March 31, 2013 2:45:23 PM

Hello all,

I'm running on a home built rig with the following specs
1st gen Ci7 920 @2.67 ghz, 6 gigs DDR3 ram @1333, OCZ 60gig SSD, HD7870, 1tb WD Caviar Black, 750 WD Caviar Black, Corsair 750 watt psu.

This thread is probably a year early but I'll ask anyway. Does anybody see any games (we know engines & games get announced years in advance) or programs coming out between now and Skylake in 2015 that the above mentioned rig will struggle with?

I'm having no issues playing games today so that prompted me to skip Sandy and Ivy and I see no need to jump to Haswell as I'm running just fine on all accounts thus far.

But by next year I will want to upgrade out of habit so I want to know if I will need to go Broadwell or can I stretch it out to Skylake without games being too much for the old Nethalem to handle.

Again I know this is WAY early but maybe some of the folks here on Tom's have come across some info I missed. Thanks
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March 31, 2013 3:07:42 PM

i can tell you now that in future chips, they arent going to increase performance a whole lot. haswell is a tock, meaning a substantial increase in performance and a new architecture but then haswell is only about 5-10% faster than ivy bridge on the CPU side, compared to the 15% increase from westmere to sandy bridge

i can tell you that if you do upgrade to haswell or even ivy bridge, you will can expect from 60-100% more performance than the i7 920
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March 31, 2013 4:04:17 PM

As an owner of a 920 myself I really doubt those figures. On my rig everything seems GPU limited.
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March 31, 2013 4:12:37 PM

FinneousPJ said:
As an owner of a 920 myself I really doubt those figures. On my rig everything seems GPU limited.


Yes, that seemed kinda dubious to me too. I don't think my 920 is bottleneck my 7870 and not sure this combo won't hold up until skylake but i'm not 100% sure hence the post.

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March 31, 2013 4:31:21 PM

TheBigTroll said:
if you want a fairer comparison, the i7 920 is about as good as a i3 2100 except in muilt-threaded tasks where its a fair bit better
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=47

you can always overclock your i7 to gain more performance


Got no interest in OC as I said my system runs games just fine now and is plenty fast still. The post was more about with the games and engines on the horizon, will this system last until mid 2015 when skylake is going to hit.

Gotta admit, it is depressing to see my I7 on par with and in some cases out performed by an I3 even if its a generation newer.

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March 31, 2013 4:40:14 PM

When you get a graphics card that performs as well or better than Nvidia's titan is when you MAY need a better CPU depending on how games in a years time use CPUs.
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March 31, 2013 4:57:52 PM

overclocking will squeeze out more juice. its not like you can lose from it.
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March 31, 2013 5:27:53 PM

well motherboard may hold him back, or a cpu cooler, and as he said he doesnt want to oc, some ppl just dont want too, as it can be tedious.

Id say that ur system should hold u over till 2015, ur settings may not stay the same but it should suffice.
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