This month we wanted to really illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of a Core 2 Quad-based system compared to Core 2 Duo and Core i7 systems at a $1,250 price point.
I think we've achieved that goal, now let's have a look at the final analysis:
In the last SBM, we saw the Core i7 sport a notable lead over the E8500, but we weren't sure how much of this lead was due to quad-core optimizations and how much of this lead was due to the superior architecture of the new Core i7.
Well, this chart says it all. All three of these overclocked systems are being compared to the stock Q9550. While the gaming numbers are skewed by different video cards and driver versions and we removed the anomalous AVG results from the application score, we're still seeing a clear winner in the final combined score: the Core i7 is the best CPU for the money when purchasing a system at this price point.
The only Achilles' heel of the i7 at the $1,250 price point was its inability to be paired with a $500 video card. With X58 motherboard prices dropping, this limitation won't exist for long. In fact, we anticipate that the next SBM will allow us to pair an i7 920 with a single GTX 295 for $1,250. That should make for a powerful combination that would also be readily affordable for PC enthusiasts with moderate means.
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I just checked, I was wondering if the HD 4850 x2 (2x1gb) was a better choice at only $240? That would cut the cost by an additional.Reply
Phenom 2 940 is 40$ dollars cheaper overclock's to 3.7-3.9 on air runs cooler and performs the same. Not sure why you went with an equal performing lower overclocking higher power using and almost 40$ more expensive cpu.Reply
You're $96 under budget, but you couldn't splurge on a better case?Reply
Unless you made a Typo on one of those prices, they all add up to the 1154 total. So why are you so under budget?
xx12amanxxPhenom 2 940 is 40$ dollars cheaper overclock's to 3.7-3.9 on air runs cooler and performs the same. Not sure why you went with an equal performing lower overclocking higher power using and almost 40$ more expensive cpu.Reply
Can't use a processor that doesn't exist. They weren't on the market when the parts were ordered...what, you thought these articles were produced overnight?
TindytimYou're $96 under budget, but you couldn't splurge on a better case?Unless you made a Typo on one of those prices, they all add up to the 1154 total. So why are you so under budget?
Prices dropped after the parts were ordered: The same thing happens to EVERY builder, the system loses value almost as soon as you can click the "buy" icon.
CrashmanPrices dropped after the parts were ordered: The same thing happens to EVERY builder, the system loses value almost as soon as you can click the "buy" icon.Wait, wait, wait.Reply
You mention that in the $625 article, but those were the prices at purchase. Why the inconsistency?
TindytimWait, wait, wait.You mention that in the $625 article, but those were the prices at purchase. Why the inconsistency?Reply
Ask the author of the other article? I only know that the more expensive a part is, the more money you loose when the price drops.
*SIGH* Yet ANOHTER "Intel System Build Marathon" machine...just kidding - I understand what you are saying about the Phenom II 940 not being available at the time of component purchase - It would be nice to see some AMD in next months articles though!Reply
P.S. - you were under budget, why not go w/ the Antec Three Hundred Case - it's 1000% nicer than the Rosewill Piece 'o Junk you picked, and would have cooled your Overclock a lot better IMHO...just a thought - it's a killer case for the money - have you ever used it in a system build?
This is my first time commenting on any article at Tom's after reading everyday for 6+ years, but seeing the UD3LR motherboard pick instead of the equally priced UD3R ($2 more after rebate) or UD3P($12 more after rebate) is ridiculous for a computer hardware website. Both boards would let you do 24/7 clocks of 4+ at decent voltages on air for an E0 stepping Q9550. Gigabyte isn't going to iron out bios wrinkles on their cheapest UD3, don't forget even the UD3R was easilly beaten in stability against the UD3P until two to three months ago when better bioses started popping up. Maybe it's late, but some strange hardware gets picked on this site to save $12.Reply
I would have thought your OC would have been more limited by the 4pin CPU Power on the motherboardReply
Im diggin' the build here, regardless of newer hardware being available later, and prices dropping after purchase.Reply
Suggestion: Why not split these articles up into two forms? Why not submit an "initial/at time of order" article and have that listed first to let people argue, then do all the benchmarking and submit a followup article later, attached to the initial article?
People can still bicker over price range and stuff before the benchmarks even come out, that way you know what/when the article is being based off of.
I know, Im the new guy and Im probably spitting in to the wind here, but...