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brian_t
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Italy
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Posted - 05 Apr 2012 :  09:51:23 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I am thinking about doing a new gaming build this year (either i5 or i7), and have been following the news on Ivy Bridge. Seems the first round of Ivy Bridge desktop CPU's will be released later this month.

From what I have read, these are mainly a boost for the GPU side of the processors, and will have only a minor boost to CPU processing. Since I use a discrete GPU for gaming, the GPU processing on the CPU is somewhat wasted, although with the newer chipset, some graphics processing can be 'intelligentally' transferred from the GPU card to the CPU. Not sure how much difference this will make, though ..

Given this, what do you think about:

1- The price inpact Ivy Bridge will have on Sandy Bridge CPU's. Will SB prices/demand go down or stay as they are now?

2- Is it worthwhile to go Ivy Bridge for the slight power boost and better graphics processing, but at a hight cost than SB?

Cheers!

BCMods
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Posted - 05 Apr 2012 :  09:56:12 Show Profile Visit BCMods's Homepage Reply with Quote
I would say just go with an IB build, but that's just my opinion. Why go with last years tech?

SB prices will defiantly fall, but probably not loads, since for what you're getting, the 2500k is actually at a pretty good price, even now.

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brian_t
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Italy
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Posted - 05 Apr 2012 :  10:03:17 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BCMods
I would say just go with an IB build, but that's just my opinion. Why go with last years tech?

SB prices will defiantly fall, but probably not loads, since for what you're getting, the 2500k is actually at a pretty good price, even now.



Well, I would like to see a nice price drop for SB!

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Valis
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Finland
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Posted - 05 Apr 2012 :  10:19:29 Show Profile Reply with Quote
We haven't really seen any meaningful price drops in the past when new models have been introduced, so I don't think it's going to happen this time, either.

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brian_t
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Italy
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Posted - 05 Apr 2012 :  10:45:57 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Yep, I agree Valis, although one can still hope !

One thing is certain, IB will be more expensive than SB. If CPU graphics processing is important to you then going IB would make sense. I can see this more for portable devices and the like, not so much for gaming and apps requiring beefy, discrete GPU's.

The increase in CPU processing with IB, at this point, seems to me not worth the higher price. I suppose once we have some direct comparisons between SB and IB we will be able to make a more informed decision.

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Valis
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Posted - 05 Apr 2012 :  11:05:27 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by brian_t

One thing is certain, IB will be more expensive than SB.

What's your source for this? As far as I know, you can get somewhat better CPU power for gaming with Ivy Bridge for the same price. See for example this table for a list of new CPUs, what they are replacing, and the prices are.

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brian_t
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Italy
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Posted - 05 Apr 2012 :  12:01:49 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Valis
quote:
Originally posted by brian_t

One thing is certain, IB will be more expensive than SB.

What's your source for this? As far as I know, you can get somewhat better CPU power for gaming with Ivy Bridge for the same price. See for example this table for a list of new CPUs, what they are replacing, and the prices are.



I checked SB prices yesterday. In Italy, you can find an i5 2500K for 180.
Link:
http://www.prokoo.com/intel-core-i52500k-33ghz-1155-sandy-bridge-unlocked-p-6638.html

I highly doubt the similiar IB i5 will start less than 200. Perhaps in a few months the prices might even out.






Edited by - brian_t on 05 Apr 2012 12:40:46
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