I know this sub-forum isn't the best place to ask for a future upgrade regarding a better gaming CPU, but since this is a place where I've grown to know and respect posters' opinions, I will ask it in here.
Which of the following do you think will fare better in the near future as a gaming CPU:
In both cases I would have to switch my mobo which is AM3, so I'd need an AM3+ for the AMD socket or get the LGA 1366 for Intel. I am asking this question because what I have written so far about the AMD's Bulldozer (Zambezi) isn't pretty good looking from the first reviews. Maybe they'll deal with the new release' problems, but since I am not taking either side. AMD or Intel, I am looking for the best performance in gaming; I mention that both CPU's are about the same price where I am from.
as for processor, if your main focus is gaming, the i7 2600k is better than the fx8150, but if you are doing a lot of multi-threaded tasks, fx8150 is actually better than the i7. also, amd cpu and nvidia gpu might have some compatibility problem, but intel cpu is great with both nvidia and ati gpu.
about 5 percent better over all. i think they could have been in production a while but due to cost were never viable till now. so i doubt it will have any radical design changes..
the fx chip is a server part. plain and simple. its not a gaming part by any means. its single core performance is abysmal and is even beaten by amd's own 970... and as most games dont need 8 threads or cores most of the cpu will be idle.
the only time the cpu was actually competitive was in a narrow band of specific tasks. and none were gaming related... so no do not buy the fx for a gaming part. you wont see anywhere near the 2500k's performance in any game ever. also if your a gamer get the 2500k its the better value part than the 2600k. add what you save to your next gfx card
Well I guess my next gaming CPU won't be an AMD one anymore, am looking more and more towards a 2500k or a 2600k. Would it be a better improvement, going from 965 BE to a 2500/2600k? Is it worth switching over from AMD to Intel?
I'd roll with a 2500k. Wait a second, I did! (no, really, I just bought all the parts for my new build). Compared to the 2600k..eh, I don't really need that extra hyperthreading since in the gaming world it doesn't have too much to offer. If you use HandBrake a lot or generally do a lot of video encoding and what not a 2600k would be more ideal. For $205 after promo @ the Egg you can't beat the 2500k.
My friend has a 920 @3.8, its retarded as is. A 2600k sounds even more retarded. Id say it would be good for at least 3 years, unless something major happens. My core 2 duo e8400 is still kicking ass 2.5 years later...