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Will you buy i5? Or keep what you've got? Please vote!!!

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When Core i5/i7-860/870 becomes available, I will:

Total: 45 votes (4 blank votes)

  • Do nothing - I will keep my AMD AM3 system
  • 15 %
  • Do nothing - I will keep my Intel LGA1366 system
  • 25 %
  • Do nothing - I will keep my AMD AM2/AM2+ system
  • 15 %
  • Do nothing - I will keep my Intel LGA775 system
  • 10 %
  • Do nothing - I will keep my system, it's not listed above
  • 3 %
  • Buy Core i5/ i7-860/870 if under usd180/250/520
  • 10 %
  • Buy Core i5/i7-860/870 upwards of 10% more than the above price
  • 8 %
  • Buy Core i5/i7-860/870 no matter what the price it is
  • 5 %
  • Buy an AMD system or processor
  • 8 %
  • Buy an Intel system or processor other than i5/i7-860/870
  • 5 %
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September 3, 2009 10:14:49 PM

Just had an email from a distributor indicating the i5-750 was available at usd198.00 provided it was purchased in a bundle. Oddly enough, the bundle included a P55 motherboard, something a systems builder will need anyway.

With the official release looming, here's a poll for Core i5-750 and i7-860/870.

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September 3, 2009 11:25:12 PM

Good poll. I will of course be keeping my current Phenom II, and I will also be keeping my Q6600 system.

The main reasons are, I don't believe DDR3 is worth it even yet. For a new build of course it is, but for people with DD2 already, no.

The Phenom II I bought 6 months ago is not gonna be much worse than the i5, and in all honesty there isn't much of a gap between it and my Q6600 already.

I believe that the biggest increase in pc power will be seen in graphics, so it is a very easy choice for me to upgrade my (already good) 4870 on Q6600 and 4770xfire on Phenom II for the biggest effect. I play a lot of games though, so that's a good indication of why I feel that way.

As a new system? It's ok to buy i5. As an upgrade on any quad? No, it's a waste of money.
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September 4, 2009 3:33:27 AM

My work machine is an Semperon 3100+ just for emails, spreadsheets, account, etc., and I've had it for years.

I chose "Do nothing - my systems not listed" because I'm not likely to change this machine just because LGA1156 and new processors have arrived. I've not changed it for AM3, AM2+, LGA775 and so on. No reason to do so now.

However, I build systems some of these will include LGA1156 boards and processors, but that's the customer driving the purchasing decision, not me.
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September 4, 2009 4:29:07 PM

I have decided to buy the Core i5 750. ( and it's not an upgrade from a C2Q)
In my region (South Africa) it's more affordable than a Phenom 2 955 which is 260$+ mobo which is 185$ total =445$
and the core i5 is 220$ + mobo 200$ =420$ and it's alot better. :p 
Jeez you oakes are lucky 195$ for the Core i5 720 and 150$ odd for the mobo.
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September 4, 2009 5:08:18 PM

I have 3 AM2+ motherboards less than a year old, 2 of which already have quads on them. Only processor upgrade I have planned for the next year is replacing my last dual core with a new quad.
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September 4, 2009 9:07:00 PM

Sean1234 said:
I have decided to buy the Core i5 750. ( and it's not an upgrade from a C2Q)
In my region (South Africa) it's more affordable than a Phenom 2 955 which is 260$+ mobo which is 185$ total =445$
and the core i5 is 220$ + mobo 200$ =420$ and it's alot better. :p 
Jeez you oakes are lucky 195$ for the Core i5 720 and 150$ odd for the mobo.


Those prices are Australian dollars (aud) converted to usd. I try not to post prices in aud because it confuses too many of our cousins in North America. :D 

Local distributor price was aud230.00-ex GST (local tax), which is now usd193.00 with currency movements.

The GA-P55M-UD2 is aud145.00-ex GST, or usd121.00. At the moment, this is the leas expensive way to purchase LGA1156.

I can always send a few over next time our cricket team flies in to give you lot hiding :kaola: 
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September 4, 2009 10:00:53 PM

It's tough to say without seeing direct comparison benchmarks between the PhenomIIx4 955/965 and the i5 750 and even the Q9550. With the Q9550 and the P2 955 you at least have an option for the 790FX or X48 motherboards and the 2- PCIex16 lanes.
It's still a week or 2 away, but i'm curious to see the 5870 in crossfire on a P55 motherboard compared to a X48/X58 and a 790FX and see what kind of hit it takes.
September 4, 2009 11:15:57 PM

I've been going round and round with deciding between an i7 920, Phenom II, or i5 750 on a new build. I thought I had it decided that I'd go with the 2.8GHz Lynnfield chip, but then I started looking at benchmark comparisons between single graphics card systems (like I would build) with Phenom IIs, and realized that I'd be wasting several hundred dollars for the same level of performance.

One PureOC article compared a i7 920 clocked at 3.4GHz against a Phenom II 955 or 965 (I can't recall) at 3.8 GHz with a single 4890, or 2 in crossfire... and the Phenom II was just as fast in a single GPU situation.
http://www.pureoverclock.com/article794.html

The small amount of benchmarks we have on the i5 750 chip put it far enough back from the i7 920 that I think I can assume that I'd get slightly superior performance with a 955 BE.
-The wrench in my decision, however, is that the i5 750 has been rumored to OC very well, and if it can get near 4.2GHz w/ the stock heatsink.
http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?s=d787ff22...

So, even though the i5 750 should be 10% or so slower than the i7 920 clock for clock, and would likely be a tad slower than a Phenom II X4 955 BE at stock speeds w/ a single GPU... If the i5 750's OCs this well, it should be a better performing chip than the i7 920... by a pretty decent sized margin!

So... I'm actually pretty anxious about the i5s. A lot of people are skeptical about these chips due to the crippled memory controller, and some go as far as to point them out as garbage compared to i7 920s... but, I have my fingers crossed that a large number of people will have to eat their words soon. So far, the reviews are lame:

http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?s=d787ff22...

This one above takes a i7 920 at 2.66GHz against a i5 755 at 2.66GHz, with a test setup using a single GeForceGTX280. As expected, the gaming performance is identical, and the 750 lags behind in things like rendering where not having HT is a disadvantage.
-Why couldn't they OC the 750 to 4.2GHz (a supposed easy OC for the 750), OC the 920 to 3.6GHz (its most common OC speed), and put them against each other with SLI or CrossFire setups....
*sigh*

Instead, more useless information. *shrugs* its only a matter of time before someone shows me the info I want though.
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September 5, 2009 1:12:34 AM

I really have my doubts about that link. In the link he says he got 4.2GHz with the stock heatsink and more info was to follow. It's now been almost 2 weeks with no follow up and no proof, it kind of smells bad to me.
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September 5, 2009 5:43:03 AM

Yes, I made the same comment in another thread about that link. I've taken screen shots at 4.2GHz. Anyone can do that. I could not get it do to any benchmarks, almost instant failure on everything.

However, at 4GHz tests could be run, but the temperatures were toasty-roasty, a little high for my liking.

Anyway, I've changed the title of the thread to:

Will you buy i5? Or keep what you've got? Please vote!!!

in an effort to obtain more results.
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September 5, 2009 8:17:54 AM

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Maybe it will improve...
September 5, 2009 10:31:50 AM

seabreeze said:
Those prices are Australian dollars (aud) converted to usd. I try not to post prices in aud because it confuses too many of our cousins in North America. :D 

Local distributor price was aud230.00-ex GST (local tax), which is now usd193.00 with currency movements.

The GA-P55M-UD2 is aud145.00-ex GST, or usd121.00. At the moment, this is the leas expensive way to purchase LGA1156.

I can always send a few over next time our cricket team flies in to give you lot hiding :kaola: 


You wish :p  We kicked your arses a number of times and what your're saying you gonna beat world no 1 and we have annihilated you chaps with the rugby aswell. ( We'll see you wins with rugby today)
I have to say Australia was the best at cricket for a long time. Shane Warne and all those chaps were brilliant.
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September 5, 2009 10:39:24 AM

As I suffer from selective memory with regards to cricket and rugby, I am quite sure I don't know what you're on about. :pt1cable: 

As far as the poll is concerned, it looks like the "do nothings" are in the lead at the moment as the dominant group.
September 5, 2009 10:46:10 AM

Thanks for the offer Seabreeze but I think it won't make much of a difference. We have to bay 50$ just to import it and we also have to add VAT to it which is 14% so actually S.A isn't the place you want to be in terms of Computer stuff and Cars. We have to pay out a lot of money just for these things. Hopefully when I move to Canada things will become alot cheaper. (This reverse apartheid thing is crap for the White South Africans at the moment) (Racial Quota is really hurting the enconomy at the moment and this applies to Sport Jobs everything) It's a pity this had to happen. No wonder everyone is leaving.
September 5, 2009 10:59:20 AM

So you suffer from selective memory."People who block out unpleasant memories or issues may enjoy short-term gains but emotionally detaching themselves causes long-term consequences, according to a University of Michigan psychology researcher" In that case you don't remember anything bad and just remember the good times I wish I was you.Man I have done alot of things bad it just sticks in my head.
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September 6, 2009 8:18:29 AM

It's only for sporting events, I don't think the emotional trauma runs too deeply...

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The "do nothing - I'll keep what I've got" group are well in front.
September 6, 2009 8:30:21 AM

I will wait till the price come down a bit and go for core2duo e8600 or core2quad q8400
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September 6, 2009 11:37:50 AM

I'll keep my i7 :) 
September 6, 2009 11:57:26 AM

I'm looking at the I7 860 to be the heart of my new build but only if their good overclockers, if not I'll either hold of for the 32nm chips or get a I7 920.
September 6, 2009 12:48:58 PM

1978181,21,2496 said:
I'm looking at the I7 860 to be the heart of my new build but only if their good overclockers, if not I'll either hold of for the 32nm chips or get a I7 920.

The LGA 1156 socket have got some 32nm chips Scheduled for next year January I think> Ya don't have to wait for the 32nm chips. So it actually doesn't matter if you get the i7 or i5. I mean I'm not expecting a stupendous increase in performance with the 32nm technology.
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