Hi, will build either a new desktop or buy myself a laptop in the first part of next year around the time Ivy Bridge makes its appearance. As many of you did too, I waited for BD but was similarly disappointed so Intel it will be.
I have a question: GPU wise, how huge step-up from Sandy will IB prove to be? I use a computer for everything, but gaming...use Photoshop a lot for webdesign and I use stock trading software often, too.
Would IB be the first cpu chip that allows me to pass by on a dedicated graphics card? I know SB I7 2600K has much better integrated graphics already, but how much better will Ivy Bridge be? Should I be concerned that I might find out that I do need a dedicated GPU after all? What might Ivy's integrated graphics not be so good at, other than gaming?
Well, that's more than one question, but thanks oodles for helping out!
If you're only interested in PS, I'd go with AMD BD, because u can't get better performance with Intel in this direction and it's not that expensive. But if you're an Intel fan, wait for IB and then decide.
Thanks for the replies. Am not a fanboy of either Intel, or AMD, though I would wish for more competition. Do a lot of back testing of trading strategies with my trading software and I do feel it requires the processing power of an 2600k, for example. But I also need a decent performing GPU...short of a gaming GPU which I really do not need.
Just be aware that it is up to 60% better graphics performance. You'll need to wait until actual benchmarks are available.
I know there's the all-important benchmarks. But if I were to buy a Ivy Bridge powered laptop next year I could do without a dedicated GPU, I'd certainly hope. A system I'd imagine using less power, producing less heat and noise - if not cheaper to the current SB laptops/notebooks.