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Old 01-04-11, 01:55 PM   #28
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Default Re: -= Official Intel P67 / Sandy Bridge / i3 2100 / i5 2500K / i7 2600K Review Threa

Originally Posted by mcolbourn View Post
Waste of time me going for SB imo. I am glad I purchased my 920 nearly a year and a half ago. It It looks like it will last me 2 years before I upgrade. I think its one of the best purchases I ever made.
Originally Posted by methimpikehoses View Post
yeah i see no point for original i7 owners to upgrade... what am i missing here?
Well it depends which i7 you have since there are many.

The Core i7-2600K or Core i5-2500K is faster in every application including gaming by good percentage point than the i7 920, (based on the AnandTech charts).

The additional advantage is much better overclock, less power use and cooler chip.

Also the SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support is great. I mainly care about the the SATA 6Gbps, the only reason I would upgrade my SSD.

Anyway the Core i7-2600K or Core i5-2500K plus mobo should cost less than $500, which I think is great upgrade.
It should cost much less after selling the i7 920 and mobo and off course the longer the i7 920 setup is kept the less resale value it will have, if any.

One more time from AnandTech review
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.
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