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Best CPU for future games -----> best guess.

Total: 21 votes (8 blank votes)

  • Sandy Bridge e LGA2011
  • 0 %
  • Ivy Bridge LGA1155
  • 77 %
  • Ivy Bridge e LGA2011
  • 24 %
January 11, 2012 3:19:56 AM

I have read the forums trying to find my answer to the question. There are allot of specs but I don't understand some of them. What I need to know is what CPU is going to phase out soonest LGA1155 or LGA2011? Also what one is best for future proofing for gaming? Sandy Bridge e LGA2011, Ivy Bridge LGA1155 or Ivy Bridge e LGA2011 and why? I like the looks of the i7 3820 quad.

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January 11, 2012 3:26:47 AM

rumors that ivybridge e will be on socket 2011.
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January 11, 2012 4:23:06 AM

Both LGA 1155 and 2011 will be around till 2013 when Haswell is launched.
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January 11, 2012 6:07:08 AM

Yeah, both chipsets will be around for awhile. If past history is any indicator however LGA2011 has the longer lifespan just as LGA1366 well outlived LGA775.

I voted IB-e even though we're still quite a ways off from its launch. 2011 is current enthusiast socket, vs the mainstream 1155. Both have their places in gaming and unless you're planning a 3+ gpu build, 1155 represents the best value today.

January 11, 2012 2:49:18 PM

a4mula said:
Yeah, both chipsets will be around for awhile. If past history is any indicator however LGA2011 has the longer lifespan just as LGA1366 well outlived LGA775.

I voted IB-e even though we're still quite a ways off from its launch. 2011 is current enthusiast socket, vs the mainstream 1155. Both have their places in gaming and unless you're planning a 3+ gpu build, 1155 represents the best value today.


So you like LGA2011 more, is it because memory bandwidth?
I know the Ivy that should be out Q1 2012 is going to be LGA1155 and theIvy-e LGA2011 isn't going to be out till winter 2012?
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January 11, 2012 3:42:18 PM

Ivy Bridge socket 1155 will be better for games and the socket 2011 CPUs.

The great thing about socket 2011 CPUs is that they are 6-core CPUs. Great for very heavy multi-tasking and heavily threaded applications. However, the vast majority of games only use dual core CPU, the are some game that can use 3 cores and very few that can use 4 cores.

The trend will be that more games should be able to use 3 or 4 core in the future. But programming games (or any application) to use many cores is complex and time consuming. It can increase the cost to develop games and postpone when they are released.
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January 11, 2012 4:01:28 PM

voted ivb 1155.
however, imo lga 2011 is the best performing gaming platform overall. they allow using pcie 3.0 gfx cards at x16+x16 configurations, quadfire @x8 each. the highly and easily overclockable 6 core k or x cpus also help ease the bottlenecks which usually affect top end multi card configurations e.g. 4x overclocked, liquid cooled, 7970 3gb cards driving 4x 120 hz 1080p displays.
only reason that didn't get my vote: cost. the setups cost so much that they're almost not worth it. an ivb core i5 k cpu + decent cpu cooler + 8gb ddr1600/1866 ram + 6870 1 gb/7850 2gb is enough (may be more than enough) for gaming @ single 1080p.
January 11, 2012 10:58:30 PM

Yes I agree that a i5 would be fine for todays games. To spend money on existing games is not what I am shooting for. I'm gonna over build just so I am not left out in the cold (-;
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January 12, 2012 6:06:58 PM

badlogin said:
So you like LGA2011 more, is it because memory bandwidth?
I know the Ivy that should be out Q1 2012 is going to be LGA1155 and theIvy-e LGA2011 isn't going to be out till winter 2012?


Memory bandwidth has historically played a very small role in gaming. The main benefit is the PCI-e 3.0, and even more so the 40 ondie pci-e lanes.

While IB will raise 1155 to PCI-e 3.0 support, it's still only going to offer 20 natural ondie pci-e lanes. Note that you can virtually double this number by purchasing a motherboard with the NF200 chip.

The question then becomes who will use 40 pci-e lanes vs 20. The answer is simple, people that want multiple gpus. If you have no interest in SLI or Crossfire than the LGA2011 chipset offers you little.

If however you're part the crowd that wants Eyefinity, Surround, or 3d gaming then you're probably looking for more than a single gpu solution. If that's the case then LGA2011 is the way to go.

It's speculated that LGA2011 will support IB-e, but there's no guarantee of that. It was often speculated that 1156 (P55) would support Sandy Bridge, and we now know that didn't happen.

The only reason I voted IB-e was because it'll be the die shrink of SB-e and thus bring with it all the advantages such as higher overclocks and hopefully lower tdps. I though we were done with the days of cpus pushing 135w.

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