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December 2, 2012 1:34:34 AM

It looks like the Haswells will be coming out in March next year. Should I hold out on upgrading my comp until then, or just do it anyway? My last upgrade was 6 years ago to the Core2Duos.

Are the Haswells likely to perform significantly better than a i7 3770k, or only moderately?

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a c 863 à CPUs
December 2, 2012 12:12:18 PM

Moderately better performance. Ultimately it is your decision but there is always something new around the corner and I personally would not wait.
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December 2, 2012 12:17:10 PM

If you spend time waiting for the next generation of CPU to come out, you'll never upgrade lol.

Based on 30 years of personal computing history, Haswell is not going to be a re-invention of the wheel. At best (and I seriously doubt it), Haswell might be a 15% improvement over Ivy Bridge. But more realistically, 10%. Advances to hardware is done in baby steps, rarely huge leaps and bounds. 10%-15% is not really a noticeable difference in many things, but considering there is a HUGE difference between one of the best C2Ds and the 3770K, well.. you tell me.. what does your system do for you now that you think could be done better?

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/54?vs=551
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December 2, 2012 12:20:48 PM

me too dont know if i should wait for upgrade
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December 2, 2012 12:48:05 PM

^ Well, next year, you'll be buying a new motherboard again in order to have a Haswell chip. From knowing you on the forums, it seems like you just recently got an i3 Ivy Bridge.. You should have just saved up for another month and gotten an i5-3450 or something in the first place.
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December 2, 2012 12:50:20 PM

all well i can pick up a i5 2400 for 156 dollars
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December 2, 2012 6:45:03 PM

A big jump would be from Core 2 Duo to i5 SB or IB.

SB/IB - Haswell won't be a great jump, all though in theory it's roughly 15 percent faster. But when it comes down to price, I would be comfortable upgrading to IB i5s/i7s.
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December 2, 2012 9:32:15 PM

If I'm running 2 GTX 670s in SLI, will the i7 3770k 3.5GHz be enough to handle it?

I'm playing GW2 atm and a lot of player's have reported that it's particularly cpu dependent and thus some of them are being bottlenecked by their cpus when running SLI.
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December 2, 2012 10:52:26 PM

Livingston said:
If I'm running 2 GTX 670s in SLI, will the i7 3770k 3.5GHz be enough to handle it?

I'm playing GW2 atm and a lot of player's have reported that it's particularly cpu dependent and thus some of them are being bottlenecked by their cpus when running SLI.

Honestly, the only feature that i7s have that i5s don't is HyperThreading, no game uses it, and no future game likely will. Certainly if they do, by the time its a necessity, your i7-3770K will be a "dinosaur" just like the C2D. (Just to avoid arguments, yes I know the C2D is still a capable CPU for daily tasks, I have one in a laptop I still use- but anything older than 4 years by my working definition is a "dinosaur")

Having said that, you may consider looking at i5-3570Ks for gaming. Now if you're getting into heavy productivity work like video editing, CAD design, etc, then you might look at the i7s, but unless you're doing that kind of stuff professionally, even then the i5-3570K has plenty of power to do the job.
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December 3, 2012 12:46:34 AM

What about partially heavy mulit-tasking? I often run GW2 with GW 1 in the background (selling stuff), tabbing out to check the net, while watching a show on a second monitor...
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December 3, 2012 1:02:28 AM

Programs must be designed to use HT. Simply running a lot of different programs at once does not mean HT will kick in. Actually Windows background programs will likely make use of HT to some degree if the 4 cores are busy with the programs you have loaded. Windows background programs generally do not take much processing power, so any such background programs using HT will have a negligible affect.
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December 3, 2012 1:23:24 AM

Livingston said:
What about partially heavy mulit-tasking? I often run GW2 with GW 1 in the background (selling stuff), tabbing out to check the net, while watching a show on a second monitor...

My Phenom II can do that, not GW specifically, but I'm a heavy multi-tasker with a dual monitor setup as well, I've been known to play games while watching a movie, or browsing, etc. If my CPU can do it, an i5-3570K can certainly do it.
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December 3, 2012 2:08:59 AM

Thank you all for the responses.
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December 3, 2012 2:09:58 AM

Best answer selected by Livingston.
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