I thought I had a pretty good handle on this, but the more I read the more confused I get
Is the Core Duo still a viable platform? I hadn't heard much about this processor, but lately in some reviews I have been reading it is mentioned first once or twice, but now I notice a few more references to it.
What is the difference between the i5 and i7 series? I thought the i7 series provided for:
a faster processor interface (no more FSB)
and as a gateway to faster processors....920, 930....980.
But now I am not so sure. Infact I saw one site where it should that an i5 750 (I think that was the model) was as fast as the i7 860 on several benchmarks, which in turn was as fast as a i7 920....meaning I suppose in a roundabout way that the i5 750 was near as well performing as the i7 920. This seems odd to me. I mean there is a pretty big price difference and one would hope a performance difference as well, or where is the fun in building so big?
The i7 is in the elite group of processors as far as Intel is concerned, but the i5 and i7 cater to different price segments. X58 motherboards are expensive than P55 ones and are better overclockers. Not to say that the P55's are bad. But its your budget that should determine the choice of the platform.
I am thinking that I am going with the P55 now, cause of the price and I don't want to OC (well maybe just a little )
This brings the question....
the i7 8xx are very near performance to the i7 9xx
what it looks like I will be missing out on the 9xx is:
more total RAM capability?
SPI - but is this important? It sounds all neat and futuristic
future processor upgrades....will the P55 continue to grow? Think it will ever hit 6 cores like the 980?
any other drawbacks?
Last Q is i noticed that the 870 is now the same as the 860. Any reason not to go that route?