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Old 02-02-11, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default i5 sandy bridge upgrade for a Q6600@3.45

My system specs are below... I'm getting way more back on my taxes than expected... 2600$.. Paying for school out of pocket paid off ;]


Will the hyper threading in the i7 make much of a performance increase down the road? Most of the benchmarks I saw had the i5 actually ahead of the i7 sandy bridge

I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck here.. sense most of this tax return is going to dental work
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Old 02-02-11, 11:55 AM   #2
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Default Re: i5 sandy bridge upgrade for a Q6600@3.45

It should be a nice improvement, but obviously only in games where you're CPU limited. HT is only useful for CPU intensive tasks, like video encoding.
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Old 02-02-11, 01:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: i5 sandy bridge upgrade for a Q6600@3.45

there is no i7 sandy bridge yet.
Current recommended sandy bridge would be the i5 2500K.
Intel Chipsets for Sandy Bridge have a known problem on their SATA2 ports though...
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Old 02-02-11, 02:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: i5 sandy bridge upgrade for a Q6600@3.45

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there is no i7 sandy bridge yet.
Wrong. The i7 2600 and 2600k are indeed i7 sandy bridge chips.

What you probably mean to say is that there are no LGA2011 chips yet. In that case, you would be correct.
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Old 02-02-11, 03:36 PM   #5
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Default Re: i5 sandy bridge upgrade for a Q6600@3.45

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there is no i7 sandy bridge yet.
Current recommended sandy bridge would be the i5 2500K.
Intel Chipsets for Sandy Bridge have a known problem on their SATA2 ports though...
What? You mean my 5Ghz Core i7 2600K is a figment of my imagination?

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...9&postcount=26

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What you probably mean to say is that there are no LGA2011 chips yet. In that case, you would be correct.
I'm betting that is what he really meant as well. But giving him heck was so much more fun
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Old 02-02-11, 07:47 PM   #6
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Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
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Old 02-02-11, 09:18 PM   #7
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Default Re: i5 sandy bridge upgrade for a Q6600@3.45

The Sandy Bridge systems would be a significant upgrade over a Q6600. Whether it'd be worthwhile to spend $100 more on the I7-2600k than the I5-2500k, I can't say. It would probably depend on how much use you make of multithreaded applications.

Unfortunately, on 1/31 Intel announced a hardware problem with the 3Gb SATA controllers on the H67 and P67 chipsets that can lead to failure of the controller. (Intel claims a 5% probability within 3 years. The two 6Gb SATA ports are not affected.) There will be a recall on the SB boards sold to date. Some sellers have removed all of those boards from sale. (Newegg has removed the CPUs as well, although they are not defective.)

I just received my Asus P8P67 Pro today. I decided to use it, rather than wait 2-3 months. (Already had the CPU and RAM.)
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