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Is the core i7 going to be outdated soon?

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April 21, 2011 7:57:12 PM

This is kind of a dumb question but I plan on getting i7 950 or 870, and just taking a pre caution to not facepalm myself when something better comes out, like the bulldozer?

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April 21, 2011 8:02:29 PM

If i was buying an Intel platform today it would be neither 1366 or 1156.
The latest Intel platform is 1155 P67 Sandy Bridge and soon the X68.
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April 21, 2011 8:08:21 PM

Really no 1366, isn't it more high end then 1155?

I mostly do gaming by the way.
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April 21, 2011 8:10:34 PM

Just get a 2500K or 2600K
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April 21, 2011 8:19:25 PM

Buying new stuff SandyBeach is the way to go (sandy bridge). You won't save significant money buying the older generations and you will have less performance. Now if you find a really good deal on an i7, much less than the newer generation, then it might be more interesting.
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April 21, 2011 8:22:55 PM

davcon said:
If i was buying an Intel platform today it would be neither 1366 or 1156.
The latest Intel platform is 1155 P67 Sandy Bridge and soon the X68.


Agreed. Though I should note that X79 replaces X58, not X68.
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April 21, 2011 8:50:55 PM

Let's just say socket 2011.
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April 21, 2011 8:55:05 PM

Something 'better' is always going to come out eventually. Currently your best bet is the Core i5 2500K/i7 2600K. As far as gaming performance goes, nothing beats them, and I can't see Bulldozer beating Sandy Bridge core to core
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April 21, 2011 9:06:39 PM

I think the best AMD can hope for is the Bulldozer being very close to the core i5/i7's and as you can see im an AMD fan, So I dont see you face palming anytime soon over a core i7 purchase other than the fact that the i5 for gaming is cheaper and is about the same performance :) .
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April 21, 2011 9:34:54 PM

Having built an i7-950 system myself last November, I would definitely recommend the 2600K now. It is faster on all the tests I have seen.
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April 21, 2011 10:00:56 PM

hilariousness16 said:
This is kind of a dumb question but I plan on getting i7 950 or 870, and just taking a pre caution to not facepalm myself when something better comes out, like the bulldozer?


I would have to agree with everyone else. Get one of the 2500k/2600k, the smaller nm architecture and everything makes for one heck of a OC. You should easily be able to pull out 4.3Ghz Socket 1155 is the way to go if you're building a rig right now.
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April 21, 2011 11:30:58 PM

Sandy Bridge is a little better in most cases and it's here now. As for what's around the corner, we have AMD's bulldozer and Intels X58 replacement.
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April 21, 2011 11:51:21 PM

Get the new 2xxx series processors on 1155. They're faster than the older gen stuff, Intel just calls the old 9xx series high end due to more connectivity like more Pci-E lanes to connect graphics cards with, which doesn't make much of a difference.

You would facepalm yourself if you got the 9xx series over the 2xxx series after looking at a few benchmarks. ;) 

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

And that's just games, which aren't cpu bottlenecked compared to encoding and other programs.
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April 21, 2011 11:57:15 PM

The only reason I would suggest 1366 over 1155 is if you were doing CFD/FEM that needed tons of ram. Then the 6 mem slots of the 1366 would be a big gain.
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April 21, 2011 11:58:52 PM

davcon said:
Let's just say socket 2011.


Well now I feel like an ass, but it is Socket R / LGA 2011 :whistle: 
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April 22, 2011 2:51:20 AM

for a 1366,yes thy are outdated.
for a 1155 ,no they are current and are the best bang for buck out there.
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April 22, 2011 3:17:43 AM

hilariousness16 said:
This is kind of a dumb question but I plan on getting i7 950 or 870, and just taking a pre caution to not facepalm myself when something better comes out, like the bulldozer?


Hardware is outdated once it is too slow for your needs.
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