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October 5, 2012 12:15:33 AM

I have a AMD Phenom ii x4 4.1GHz 6870CFX Sabertooth 990FX motherboard im on a budget but i want to upgrade my CPU for hight end video card like a 7970 in crossfire type of setup i dont know if i should wait for piledriver of this go with Intel any ideas

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October 5, 2012 12:48:30 AM

Piledriver....

Well, we won't know until the benchies come out, but all I can say it will be slightly faster then what you currently have.
October 5, 2012 12:58:59 AM

That was i was thinking too and i know this buying a new CPU will be cheaper than buying a new motherboard and cpu from intel
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October 5, 2012 12:59:15 AM

for piledriver expect 10-15% improvement over bulldozer.

see <http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2236988&gt;

socket lga 2011 is the way to go. an i7-3820 and a mobo <like p9x79 pro> will set you back about 400 gbp. seriously outperforms bulldozer, and should outperform piledriver or atleast be on par, though no results to compare as of yet.

plus ivy bridge e is due for release q3 2013, and from whats known so far also on lga 2011, so nice upgrade path.
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October 5, 2012 7:00:42 AM

jcu90 said:
for piledriver expect 10-15% improvement over bulldozer.

see <http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2236988&gt;

socket lga 2011 is the way to go. an i7-3820 and a mobo <like p9x79 pro> will set you back about 400 gbp. seriously outperforms bulldozer, and should outperform piledriver or atleast be on par, though no results to compare as of yet.

plus ivy bridge e is due for release q3 2013, and from whats known so far also on lga 2011, so nice upgrade path.



Did you not read the above post / comments? We're talking best increase in performance for the money spent, not the absolute best performance period. As he already has a high performance feature rich board it will cost him more to go the Intel route then just staying with AMD. We already PD will be 15% faster then BD which puts it quite a bit faster then he has now (assuming it's tweaked / OC'd).

So $200 ~ $250 for top end PD that drops straight into his AM3+ board or $200 + $200 (i5/i7) for a new Board / CPU for the Intel option. If he wants a significant upgrade he's talking LGA2011 and their obscene board / CPU costs.

To the OP: Your in the same situation I'm in.
AMD 970BE @ 4.1~4.2Ghz (can get 4.3 if I force down clock other cores)
Asus Sabertooth 990FX board
16GB DDR3-1600
2 x EVGA GTX 580 Hydro's
256GB Samsung 830

I'm waiting to see what PD brings to the table. It'll either be upgrading to PD or waiting till summer ~ fall 2013 to do a system refresh and get a new board / CPU.
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October 5, 2012 7:04:57 AM

Piledriver would be my decision mostly based on monetary choice. Piledriver should be strong enough at least to hold a crossfire setup just fine.
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October 5, 2012 7:39:28 AM

Piledriver is around 7% give or take IPC improvement over BD, now it doesn't sound a lot but considering it is still based on BD architecture its a lot of IPC gained, also consider that Intel moved the IPC's from SB to IB by less than a % and that is not improving much to Haswell. Other performance yields including clock speed and architectural changes will see a general 10-15% improvement, sometimes as high as 25% other cases no improvements but these are generally remedial that matters very little. On the power conservation front PD is around 20% better in this regard.

I will say that the FX 8350 is around 7% faster across the board relative to a 1100T.
October 5, 2012 3:18:08 PM

Waiting for Piledriver seem like the smart thing to do now. I this want some thing that will handle Multi-GPU Setups or this one high end card with out bottlenecking.
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