So, in 2 weeks i plan on doing a platform upgrade for gaming, for current specs see my sig. I'll be upgrading motherboard/cpu/ram and hard drive and will be getting my parts from here http://www.msy.com.au and need to keep under $400, i would like a crossfire capable motherboard at least 8x/8x. They only really have Asus, Asrock and Gigabyte motherboards available unfortunately. Im not fussed at all about multitasking and other apps, even my current setip is fine for that, its purely a gaming upgrade.
For the phenom 955 to be competitive with the i3 in gaming it needs to be overclocked, so i will need the aftermarket cooler. I am leaning toward the 1555 setup as i KNOW Intel's ivy bridge will be a good update in the future. I have looked at Gigabyte motherboards which are good value, but the lack of UEFI doesn't sound good, i have read their BIOS menu is slow and clunky.
The big question is, what would you do? bank on Bulldozer being any good for gaming for future upgrades? or go with something that i can drop in an IVY Bridge CPU later?
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of the two the x4 phenon is a more usable system . The quad will make a difference in everyday use and outperform the i3 2100.
But building one or the other is a coin toss . Id wait for BD .They are already shipping 16 core server chips , so desktop models must be only a few weeks away .
After we see a few benchmarks hopefully things will be clearer
As for updating to ivy bridge ... I know intel have said they will be socket 1155 but will they run on boards with current chipsets? Maybe someone can confirm that for us http://www.fudzilla.com/processors/item/21621-ivy-bridg...
says you CANT upgrade to IB
Not the first time intel have been so disrespectful to their fans , and not th last unless the fanboys develop some brains
Remember a few months back when intel released the original P67 chipset ... and then found out the SATA controller would burn out ?
Whats to say theyre now discovering that IB wont run on P67 and Z68 chipsets because it requires better current or voltage control. No one can actually predict this before the cpu is manufactured , so its a mistake to believe the marketing hype on the motherboard page .
After all pci-e 3.0 is meaningless when all sandybridge processors run graphics cards at HALF the speed of the pci-e 2.0 standard when in crossfire or SLI , and it doesnt slow them down
well i still have a couple weeks, will see if there are any price drops or new motherboard releases. I'm not concearned about the speed of PCIe 3, more that it verifies that an ivy bridge chip can be used in the board, they would get in a lot of trouble for false advertising if it turned out it was not compatable.
Well Intel's been saying that current chipsets will support IB, so I'd be surprised if they didn't TBH.
AMD have been in a situation recently whee all 8xxseries chipstes can support Bulldozer , but the power spec of motherboards cant .
The difference between a 8xx chipset and a 9xx chipset for AMD is not the chipset which is identical , but the power specification the board is built for
Intel saying their chipsets support IB is meaningless. They could only have been guessing how a 22 nm transistor would behave when they made those announcements .
I dont think its a done deal that current boards will run IB processors when they are available