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Upgrade to i7 now or wait untill LGA1156 i7?

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August 21, 2009 1:58:26 AM

So, thinking about upgrading to i7. I will be running either GTX 275 SLI or 4890 CF on it, have not decided yet. But it seems like right now you can get a pretty decent deal:s

i7 920 CPU (I can get D0) - 199.99 Microcenter
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 - 174.99 Newegg
CORSAIR XMS3 DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) - 99.99 Newegg

475$ Total (all other components would be the same between 1366 and 1156)

These components would be what's different compared to the new generation of 1156 i7, which I hear will be cheaper but not quite as good. Right now Microcenter got it on promotion for 199.99, Newegg has it for 279.99. I've seen some charts saying 1156 i7 will be intorduced at 279.99. Also, rumor has it 1366 i7 will be phased out, and I will be forced to settle for lesser system for almost the same money + wait time.

Something tells me nothing great will come out within next 6 months for the same money. So I guess the question is, should I pull the trigger on this now or should I wait and see what LGA1156/GTX300/ATI5000 brings to the table?

I can wait if I have to. The next games I will be seriously playing are: Modern Warfare 2, Starcraft 2, Diablo3. I have a laptop that can get me by, but I'd rather have a desktop too, so I can play late games also every now and then. But I don't have to if the wait is worth it...

So, what should I do?
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August 21, 2009 2:37:27 AM

Whoever said i7 1366 is getting phazed out is full of crap. Current i7 is faster and uses triple channel ram, 1156 uses dual channel ram ddr3.

i9 will be socket 1366 only so if you go 1156 no i9 upgrade for you.

1366 cost more and is enthusiast, 1156 is mainstream.

For the deals you got now youd be an idiot not to buy now.
August 21, 2009 4:37:22 AM

For $200 for the chip, I agree with daship: you shouldn't pass it up. The 1366 platform is sweet. I have that same CPU and motherboard and couldn't be happier. Also the low-end 1156 chip isn't going to have hyper threading and will be considerably more expensive than the $199 you'll be paying for the 1366 i7. I've read it'll start out at $280 like you said. That's something to think about. And yes, Intel wouldn't introduce a new socket and only come out with 5 CPUs and then "phase it out" that quickly. Pull the trigger now, playing the waiting game in this industry is an endless cycle. I have not heard of one single person who owns an i7 and is disappointed.
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August 21, 2009 5:20:10 AM

daship said:
Whoever said i7 1366 is getting phazed out is full of crap. Current i7 is faster and uses triple channel ram, 1156 uses dual channel ram ddr3.

i9 will be socket 1366 only so if you go 1156 no i9 upgrade for you.

1366 cost more and is enthusiast, 1156 is mainstream.

For the deals you got now youd be an idiot not to buy now.

+1 for daship.

I would also suggest you get the Mugen 2 Universal CPU Cooler for $44.99 @ Microcenter if they have it in stock.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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August 21, 2009 5:32:31 AM

ati 4890 crossfire FTW. my 2 cents.
August 21, 2009 10:45:03 AM

^ why? the 58xx is just round the corner, less than a month infact.
August 21, 2009 11:35:51 AM

daship said:
Whoever said i7 1366 is getting phazed out is full of crap. Current i7 is faster and uses triple channel ram, 1156 uses dual channel ram ddr3.

i9 will be socket 1366 only so if you go 1156 no i9 upgrade for you.

1366 cost more and is enthusiast, 1156 is mainstream.

For the deals you got now youd be an idiot not to buy now.



Can you prove having expensive triple channel memory setups is more beneficial then having a dual channel memory setup? Every benchmark I've seen (bar synthetic memory benchmarks) shows clock for clock LGA1156 is just as fast if not faster then LGA1366.

Core i9 the 6 core CPU will require you to take out a small mortgage in order to afford just the chip and by the time cheaper 6 core CPU's come out at your currant LGA1366 motherboard will most likely not be compatible.

And nobody has said LGA1366 is getting phased out. Who said that it was? Do you have any links? I heard a few of the currant LGA1366 chips are getting replaced but that's all.
August 21, 2009 1:16:27 PM

^ read up, if Intel does what they normally do with EE procs, in Q4 2010 when the 8 core comes out, the 6 core EE will go down to $400-500, and the socket still won't be dead.
August 21, 2009 2:22:20 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ read up, if Intel does what they normally do with EE procs, in Q4 2010 when the 8 core comes out, the 6 core EE will go down to $400-500, and the socket still won't be dead.


$400/$500 is still more then what most people on these boards are prepared to pay for CPU especially considering there will only be one or two games (or even apps for that matter) that can take advantage of 6 processing cores.
August 21, 2009 2:44:41 PM

JeanLuc said:
$400/$500 is still more then what most people on these boards are prepared to pay for CPU


you're saying this when the 6 cores are marketed so that instead of replacing your entire system, you just put in a new CPU and graphics card.

last time I checked, $700-$800 is cheaper than $1500.
August 21, 2009 3:49:31 PM

I think it's pretty well accepted that the LGA 1156 i7 860 is the replacement for the current LGA 1366 i7 920. Current speculation (based on preliminary benchmarks) shows the 860 performing neck and neck with the 920, and surpassing in some applications. Additionally the new i5s and i7s are expected to overclock easier/higher than the current i7s.

The bottom line is that at this point, it's anybody's guess. Personally, i'm waiting for a REAL face off benchmark between the current 920 and the 860 to be released in a couple of weeks. It'll certainly be interesting.
August 21, 2009 5:21:03 PM

^ well all that Intel cares about is that the 920 owns the 8xx series in Synthetics and apps that workstations would use. Along with appealing to the high end gamer.

the 920 should also perform a bit better in media recoding.
August 21, 2009 6:07:14 PM

daship said:
Whoever said i7 1366 is getting phazed out is full of crap. Current i7 is faster and uses triple channel ram, 1156 uses dual channel ram ddr3.

i9 will be socket 1366 only so if you go 1156 no i9 upgrade for you.

1366 cost more and is enthusiast, 1156 is mainstream.

For the deals you got now youd be an idiot not to buy now.


I hate my stupid i7 920. I made a video of me scratching the bottom off with a pen. It should be on youtube any minute now.

Phenom II ftw! Best cpu ever made!!!! WEEE

Intel sucks my junk! AMD SMARTER CHOICE!
August 21, 2009 6:43:49 PM

^ screw you troll

edit: deserves a :p  after the post below mine.
August 21, 2009 6:45:38 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ screw you troll


Lol. First time I've ever been called a troll..

I also posted this kinda stuff in many other threads as a joke LOL!!! :D 

I wanna see peoples reactions :pt1cable: 
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August 21, 2009 7:29:01 PM

Benchmarks are still pretty sketchy, but it looks as though the i5 750 performs about on par or a bit better than other quadcore CPUs in it's price range of about $200 (Q9550, PII 955). You are also limited in gaming by the P55 mobo 8x/8x in crossfire or SLI as opposed to the X48 or 790FX. You may pay a bit more now for the i7 920/X58/6GB of RAM, but gaming performance will benefit in the long run, especially if you're going with top end graphic solutions.

*EDIT* I should add that the i7 860/870 LGA1156 will outperform the 750, but with the price increase it will compete head to head with the i7 920.
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August 21, 2009 7:32:13 PM

with CFing or SLing that much firepower, it seems that I7 is the hardware raw horsepower winner.

now with amd with catalyst 9.8 they seems to be doing some sort of magic with the platform and has a software work around that is making the platform (Ph II + amd chipset + CF) that allows for similar perf or close to perf, who knows how that goes.
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