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Old 10-31-11, 10:02 AM   #1
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Default Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge-E

Any opinions/comments on how Ivy Bridge's version of the 2500K and 2600K will compare to the Sandy Bridge-E's 3930K?
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Old 10-31-11, 12:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge-E

Will a 3930K be more "future-proof" than a 2500K or 2600K (and the Ivy Bridge equivalents) since it is a 6-core CPU (talking about gaming)? I usually don't upgrade for at least 4-5 years and so I usually try to buy the best that is available at the time.

I'm thinking a 3930K + two GTX 680s or HD 7970s. Or, should I just save money and go with Ivy Bridge (which means a 4-core CPU)?
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Old 11-01-11, 11:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge-E

it's difficult to give a definite answer as neither is released, but expectations are slightly different for each product.
E parts (sandy bridge-E and rumored ivy bridge-E) are geared for high end workstation. They have ludicrous amounts of memory bandwidth (4 channels vs 2 for the non-E), more PCIe lanes and generally "more" of everything (core, cache..), including of course price. All E parts are expected to be much more expensive than consumer parts.

To know which product is a good fit for you depends on what you are looking for, but E parts should not be great values, they are the best money can buy. See it a bit like 2500k vs 2600K, very few differences, especially if you overclock, but ~30% more in price...
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Old 11-02-11, 01:20 AM   #4
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Default Re: Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge-E

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Will a 3930K be more "future-proof" than a 2500K or 2600K (and the Ivy Bridge equivalents) since it is a 6-core CPU (talking about gaming)? I usually don't upgrade for at least 4-5 years and so I usually try to buy the best that is available at the time.

I'm thinking a 3930K + two GTX 680s or HD 7970s. Or, should I just save money and go with Ivy Bridge (which means a 4-core CPU)?
Save your money for Ivy Bridge. 6 cores is a waste for 99% of the things people do on computers. Hell, if you want something now, your money would be better spent on a 2500k or 2600k with good cooling than wasting the extra money to get a 3930k.
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