So after asking around different communities it seems as though my Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.9ghz is slowing down my two GTX 460se's in SLI. I've been getting terrible frame rates in Brink, and not as many frames as my compadre's i7 set up with a single GTX 470 in Battlefield Bad Company 2.
I want to upgrade to a new processor/motherboard set up, but I cannot decide if I should go with a socket lga 1155 or hold out until lga 2011. Will they make medium range lga 2011 CPUs with good over clock potential?
I think what it really comes down to is Deus Ex 3. Since the release date is August 28th maybe I should spend now and get the LGA 1155? What do you professional think?
Also I wanted to add I am strictly a gamer. Only raw power per dollar matters to me.
I've heard about a 20% in processor performance - But that is JUST a "quess"
Think it will allow for quad channel memory. That memory will probably be expensive, and I do not think it will be a big performance gain for most programs. There is little diff between daul channel and tri-channel currently. (again this is program/application specific).
Hopefully it will improve on native support for SATA III and USB 3.
I faced the same question, my solution - I went ahead and bought the I5-2500K and a Z68 MB. I'm not a gamer so can not give insight to overall performance gain you would see in REAL life, scr**&(^* general bench marks, Other than for the game you play.
You can always get an LGA 1155 board now and upgrade to IVB when it comes out sometime in 2012. However, that will only be the dual-channel version of IVB. There may also be LGA 1356 and LGA 2011 versions available eventually, with triple-channel and quad-channel memory respectively.
Yes, the new MBs do require DDR3, but many use them in daul channel mode. ie P/H55&57, P/H67, Z68 all use DDR3 in daul channel mode. You will notice that they all have 4 Ram slots. max ram = 16, or 32 Gigs (32 if Bios allows for 8 gig sticks).
The x58 is DDR3 and uses it in Tri-channel mode. I think most have 6 slots, for 24/48 Gig max.