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01-03-11, 09:26 AM

Reviews are up today at various sites, please discuss here. :)

01-03-11, 09:28 AM
Possibly the most comprehensive post on the net about today's release of reviews:

From 2010rig at overclock.net - HERE (http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/905218-sandy-bridge-reviews-information-benchmarks-discussions.html)

All Sandy Bridge reviews will be posted here, and I will continue to Update the main posted more reviews become available.

In The 2nd Post you can find Sandy Bridge Benchmarks.

Sandy Bridge Reviews

AnandTech - http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i5-2600k-i5-2500k-and-core-i3-2100-tested

Bit-Tech - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/01/03/intel-sandy-bridge-review/1

EndGadget - http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/03/intels-2nd-generation-core-processor-family-announced-includes/

Guru 3D - http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7-2600k-review/

Hardware Heaven - http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1091/pg1/intel-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k-and-p67-h67-motherboards-review-introduction.html

KitGuru - http://www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/zardon/intel-core-i7-2600k-and-core-i5-2500k-review/

Legit Reviews - http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1501/1/

NeoSeeker - http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/Intel_i7_2600K_i5_2500K/

Overclock 3D - http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/i7_2600k_i5_2500k_2300_1155_sandy_bridge_review/1

PC Magazine - http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2374890,00.asp

PC Perspective - http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=1057

The Tech Report - http://techreport.com/articles.x/20188

Tech Spot - http://www.techspot.com/review/353-intel-sandy-bridge-corei5-2500k-corei7-2600k/

Tech Powerup - http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Core_i5_2500K_GPU/

Tom's Hardware - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833.html

Tweak Town - http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3754/intel_core_i7_2600k_and_core_i5_2500k_sandy_bridge _cpus/index.html

Sandy Bridge Compatible Motherboard Reviews:




Intel DH67BL H67-Express Motherboard (http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=632&Itemid=69)

ASUS P8P67 LGA-1155 Motherboard (http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=677&Itemid=69)

Intel DP67BG P67-Express Motherboard (http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=647&Itemid=69)

ASUS P8P67 EVO Sandy Bridge Motherboard (http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=667&Itemid=69)

Tech Reaction

Asus Maximus IV Extreme & I2600K Overclocking (http://www.techreaction.net/2011/01/02/review-asus-maximus-iv-extreme-core-i7-2600k-overclocking-on-p67-part-12/)

Sandy Bridge Thoughts & Advice

1st Time Builders

If you are putting a Gaming rig together, then my advice is to go with the 2500K, since Hyper Threading does not enhance or affect gaming performance, save the extra $100 over the 2600k.

If you do video editing, encoding, rendering, and use programs that do take advantage of Hyper Threading, then the 2600K is an excellent choice and performer.

At this point, I cannot recommend anyone putting a new rig together to go with the x58 platform, since Sandy Bridge processors are great performers, they use less power, and the K processors overclock higher on air.

Existing X58 Users

If you're an existing X58 user, you still have an excellent setup, Sandy Bridge matches, and often exceeds the current performance, but the increase is minimal in the grander scheme of things, and it's not worth the upgrade hassle. You are much better off waiting for Ivy Bridge since 6 - 8 Core processors will be available, and THIS is where we will experience noticeable gains.

LGA 1155 will support Quad Core Ivy Bridge processors, it MAY support a single 6 Core with HT disabled, however, the much improved 6 - 8 core processors will only be available on the Enthusiast socket LGA 1365.

Who Should Upgrade to Sandy Bridge?

If the thought of having a processor @ 4.5 GHZ - 5 GHZ on air appeals to you, and you're coming from Socket 775, AM2/AM3 rigs, I can confidently say that you will gain the most from your upgrade to Sandy Bridge compared to 1366 and some 1156 users would. Especially if you can sell your hardware and get a reasonable price for it, your upgrade path will be worthwhile.

If You Are Upgrading to Sandy Bridge Be Sure to Post Your Benchmarks and Results Here! ;)



Sandy Bridge Overview

http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/4346/sandybridgelead.jpg (http://img600.imageshack.us/i/sandybridgelead.jpg/)

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/2861/sandy3e.gif (http://img227.imageshack.us/i/sandy3e.gif/)

http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/6664/launcsm.jpg (http://img545.imageshack.us/i/launcsm.jpg/)

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/6463/archaw.jpg (http://img8.imageshack.us/i/archaw.jpg/)

http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/731/chipsets.jpg (http://img407.imageshack.us/i/chipsets.jpg/)

http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/8359/diesm.jpg (http://img829.imageshack.us/i/diesm.jpg/)

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/8939/mediasamplersm.jpg (http://img205.imageshack.us/i/mediasamplersm.jpg/)

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/3455/partitionsm.jpg (http://img31.imageshack.us/i/partitionsm.jpg/)

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/6562/videodecode1sm.jpg (http://img52.imageshack.us/i/videodecode1sm.jpg/)

http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/1733/videodecodesm.jpg (http://img64.imageshack.us/i/videodecodesm.jpg/)


Gaming Benchmarks:

Crysis Warhead

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/1354/crysisnx.png (http://img190.imageshack.us/i/crysisnx.png/)

Civilization V

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/7518/civ5.png (http://img194.imageshack.us/i/civ5.png/)

Civilization V: No Render

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/368/civ52.png (http://img233.imageshack.us/i/civ52.png/)

Dawn of War II

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/8994/dawnofwar2.png (http://img214.imageshack.us/i/dawnofwar2.png/)

Dragon Age: Origins

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/8854/dragonage.png (http://img59.imageshack.us/i/dragonage.png/)

Fallout 3

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/2675/35038.png (http://img26.imageshack.us/i/35038.png/)

Farcry 2

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/5318/35040.png (http://img218.imageshack.us/i/35040.png/)

Left 4 Dead

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/9304/35039.png (http://img709.imageshack.us/i/35039.png/)

Starcraft 2

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/7479/st2g.png (http://img153.imageshack.us/i/st2g.png/)

World of Warcraft

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/449/wowjm.png (http://img824.imageshack.us/i/wowjm.png/)

Idle Power Consumption

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/1039/idlepower.png (http://img205.imageshack.us/i/idlepower.png/)

Load Power Consumption

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/1179/loadpower.png (http://img820.imageshack.us/i/loadpower.png/)

Software Related Benchmarks

7Zip Benchmark

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/6244/35044.png (http://img692.imageshack.us/i/35044.png/)

7zip Compression

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/6565/35045.png (http://img227.imageshack.us/i/35045.png/)

Adobe Photoshop

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/6762/35024.png (http://img413.imageshack.us/i/35024.png/)

3DS Max 9

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/5230/35029.png (http://img35.imageshack.us/i/35029.png/)

Blender 3D Character Render

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/7458/35034.png (http://img802.imageshack.us/i/35034.png/)


http://img814.imageshack.us/img814/3961/35030.png (http://img814.imageshack.us/i/35030.png/)

Cinebench Multi-Threaded

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/9307/35031.png (http://img833.imageshack.us/i/35031.png/)

Excel Math Operations

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/9451/35046.png (http://img190.imageshack.us/i/35046.png/)

Excel Monte Carlo Simulation

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/3774/35035.png (http://img191.imageshack.us/i/35035.png/)

Par2 MultiThreaded Decompression Test

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/2231/35033.png (http://img534.imageshack.us/i/35033.png/)


http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/7540/35032.png (http://img838.imageshack.us/i/35032.png/)

Sorenson Squeeze

http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/2497/35036.png (http://img831.imageshack.us/i/35036.png/)

Sysmark 2007

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/5874/35023.png (http://img26.imageshack.us/i/35023.png/)

X264 HD Benchmarks - 1st Pass

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/5294/35026.png (http://img266.imageshack.us/i/35026.png/)

X264 HD Benchmarks - 2nd Pass

http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/2222/35027.png (http://img823.imageshack.us/i/35027.png/)

X264 HD 3.03 Benchmark 1st Pass

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/4250/35042.png (http://img703.imageshack.us/i/35042.png/)

X264 HD 3.03 Benchmark 2nd Pass

http://img547.imageshack.us/img547/9403/35043.png (http://img547.imageshack.us/i/35043.png/)

Xmpeg + Divx Encode

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/7311/35025.png (http://img137.imageshack.us/i/35025.png/)

Visual Studio: Compile Chromium

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/1751/35056.png (http://img408.imageshack.us/i/35056.png/)

Windows Media Encoder

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/6098/35028.png (http://img839.imageshack.us/i/35028.png/)

WinRar 3.8 Compression Test

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5907/35037.png (http://img33.imageshack.us/i/35037.png/)

Please visit the thread over there to at least pay respect to the OP for his work on this...

... And discuss here as well. :)

01-03-11, 09:51 AM
The 2600K looks like an excellent pickup for anybody who skipped this generation and still have a Core 2 Duo or Quad. As for me, I'll probably wait until Sandy Bridge E to come out before jumping on anything. Would like for Intel to reveal more details on that now that the mainstream Sandy Bridge is out.

01-03-11, 09:53 AM
I told myself I was going to wait and see what bulldozer was going to offer but I don't think I'm going to be able to resist 4.5-5ghz on air cooling......

A 5ghz chip would really unleash these video cards.

01-03-11, 10:55 AM
Ok Intel, now with the budget crap out of the way, bring on Sandy Bridge E! And please never release a new generation without the Highend parts! :thumbdwn:
What's the point of a new generation release if it only matches the speed of last years offering?! :o

2600k> every chip currently on the market for only $300.....

01-03-11, 11:39 AM
Anyone with a Q6600 might take note of the 2x improvement in many of the benchmarks. Then pair that with easy 1GHz OCs while still being able to use all of the power management features and it makes for a real nice setup.

Technically you could have gotten an I7 920 a long time ago for a similar price to the 2600K, but the costs of the boards and memory is what made it expensive. You can probably do a Sandy Bridge upgrade for about $500.

I think the other big seller is getting sata 6gbps and USB 3.0 onboard.

01-03-11, 11:46 AM
Ok Intel, now with the budget crap out of the way, bring on Sandy Bridge E! And please never release a new generation without the Highend parts! :thumbdwn:
What's the point of a new generation release if it only matches the speed of last years offering?! :o

Yeah this has to be one of the dumbest new generation releases if you ask me, it does give me time to check out Bulldozer though.

Other than that I'm good for now.

01-03-11, 12:20 PM
USB 3.0 is not native though. Two native SATA 3.0 ports are great for sure.

Indeed. Intel left the door wide open for AMD but it's still going to be a tough fight.
Bulldozer is not going to happen for me. I simply want Intel chipsets.

What if AMD had the far superior product? Would you still get Intel?

01-03-11, 12:42 PM
damn lol. my P4 needs upgrading and that 2500k looks perfect

01-03-11, 12:48 PM
What if AMD had the far superior product? Would you still get Intel?

;) Hell yeah, slaWter is a MacIntel guy. Have you seen anything interesting from AMD in your Crystal BearBalls? :p

EDIT: I went for a leak before posting. slaWter is too fast

01-03-11, 01:08 PM
I might upgrade to Sandy and pass my system to my girl.

01-03-11, 01:16 PM
I might upgrade to Sandy and pass my girl to my system.


01-03-11, 01:59 PM
From what it looks like to me, the new Sandy procs seem better than the older I7 900's (with the exception of the high end 900's). I feel that for me, upgrading to the new Sandy's would be beneficial since I am running a Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.6.

Of course this is just my observation of the reviews that I have seen.

01-03-11, 02:19 PM
Looks like a good upgrade from my Q6600. MikeC buy me a 2600k and I'll review it! ::p:

01-03-11, 02:51 PM
Not upgrading to SB.

I may get a 950 though. /shrugs

01-03-11, 03:04 PM
Anyone know when they go on sale?

01-03-11, 03:12 PM
Anyone know when they go on sale?
I think this week or shortly after CES completes.

01-03-11, 04:02 PM
Me too...don't think I can pass it up. It's not likely prices will drop much more between now and May (which will complete my 4 year mobo/CPU/RAM upgrade cycle) and I'd only get less $$$ for my existing parts.

Also think I'm going back to air cooling so I can sell off the WC kit.

01-03-11, 10:54 PM
waste of time imo.

01-04-11, 01:22 AM
One very good thing to come from these Chips is Hyper Threading actually makes a difference now. With an I7, performance was quite often worse with it enabled.

01-04-11, 01:25 AM
So, uh...any info on the high end SB?

01-04-11, 03:18 AM
wow i am so glad i decided to skip the i7 950 purchase.....the performance numbers are A M A Z I N G!

01-04-11, 05:50 AM
Gonna get me a nice 2500K. And finally I can buy Gigabyte boards again, their color palate is sane now :o ...

Should be a nice upgrade (nana2)

01-04-11, 07:36 AM
Yes sir, 2500K here as well.

01-04-11, 09:38 AM
The Core i7-2600K & Core i5-2500K is AWESOME upgrade for most people, great job Intel. Not sure if I'm going to buy the overpriced Intel Extreme Edition again.

Waiting for the AMD Bulldozer to compare since I need complete platform upgrade anyway. Would rather give my money to AMD, they sure need it more plus I might save a lot.

Did read only the AnandTech review and the 2600K & i5-2500K is sure a big winner, to bad it's not upgrade option for me.

Here few quotes from AnandTech Final Words (http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i5-2600k-i5-2500k-and-core-i3-2100-tested/22)
Lynnfield took away a lot of the reason to buy an X58 system as it delivered most of the performance with much more affordable motherboards; Sandy Bridge all but puts the final nail in X58's coffin. Unless you're running a lot of heavily threaded applications, I would recommend a Core i7-2600K over even a Core i7-980X. While six cores are nice, you're better off pocketing the difference in cost and enjoying nearly the same performance across the board (if not better in many cases).

In all but the heaviest threaded applications, Sandy Bridge is the fastest chip on the block—and you get the performance at a fairly reasonable price. The Core i7-2600K is tempting at $317 but the Core i5-2500K is absolutely a steal at $216. You're getting nearly $999 worth of performance at roughly a quarter of the cost.