Breaking in Sandy Bridge-E: Building A Kick-Ass Rig with Intel's New Chip

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Jongalt26

Hey Nedward, i noticed you filled all 8 slots of ram, would there be a performance increase for Vegas using only 4 slots and 16 gigs total? (primary uses are gaming, vegas, 3ds max & after effects)

The 4 slots of 32 is currently prices at $600, which id rather get another ssd or video card....

 

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Wingzero_x

So do you think there will ever be any extreme software that will justify the expense? With the direction gaming is going does this seem like buying a fire truck to water the lawn?

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Neel Chauhan

If you do a lot of video rendering or CAD work then SB-E will work, but for most gamers a 2500k is fine.

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Logun

You mentioned RAM disk - can you do a run down on how to use a 20GB RAM disk? I've got a 4GB which I only use for browser caching I feel like I should be using it for so much more. Some one told me to use it for my page swapping but ummm if youve got enought ram to create a RAM disk with then I'm guessing you're not going to be using page files at all...??

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h e x e n

Holy hell, those performance jumps are HUGE!

A $1000 CPU though? It's just so hard for me to justify. Two years will go by and I'll be able to get the same performance for $500-$600 less.

Still, those benches are pretty remarkable. You should do an article that specifically tests games and some of the benefits of building with a E chip when it comes to gaming. I'm still rockin a Phen II 965 quad. How much of a difference does the CPU really make past 1920x1080 and 2560x1440?

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limitbreaker

You'd be surprised to know that the difference in gaming with you phenom II would be around 3% to 6% unless you use a very low resolution with minimum graphics to make your CPU the bottleneck instead of your gpu. Even then you'd probably need an SLI setup to achieve.

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Cymek

I know it hasn't been out a month yet, but when can we expect to start seeing BF3 in the benchmarks?

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nedwards

Believe me, I want to. Trying to track down a benchmark that's a little more consistent than "start a level, start FRAPs, take an average." A time demo would be gold.

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SleepyCatChris

Is the P280 the same "looks gorgeous in pictures but is cheap plastic crap in real life" as the P180? I don't think I've ever been more starkly disappointed in a component in person versus what I'd been expecting from the press as I was when I got to see a P180 in person.

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Baer

Warp, if I wanted cheap I would not be in Maximum PC. AMD's are fine but if I want to run the Indie 500 I am not getting a Toyota.

So my next build has two componnents chosen so far, a 3960X and an Asus Rampage 4 Mobo.

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dwellman

Power consumption. I'd like to cee platform (modo, cpu, ram) consumption numbers (if possible) from time to time. Performance per watt is an important metric to me.

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limitbreaker

Well this is a great PC assuming money isnt an issue at all for the builder in which case i would wonder why not spend more and atleast have a gtx 580 tri SLI. If this isnt a gaming pc then youre better off putting that 1000$ on a amd opteron 16 core server cpu lol.

what bothers be specially about intel chips is that even with the SB-E release the i7 990x is still over 1000$ and still out of the price range for all those people with a lga1366 paired with a quad core, those people have no logical upgrade path without changing motherboards and possibly the ram.

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PulsePCTeck

Hey there Warp,

 

You don't open up a magaizine called "Maximum"!! PC and expect too see a bunch of articles about 300.00 computers that are streamlined by Dell and HP.  That would be like opening the hood of a Corvette and finding a motor from the Chevrolet Aveo. 

 

There's got to be a fantasy for everybody out there...and it may not have a motor, a set of boobs (or abs), or be called panhead.  So leave us dorks to our private times with naked pictures of motherboards and Sandybridge processors!!

 

*snickers and slams bathroom door shut!!

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warptek2010

Well, let's see... I know at least 4 to 5 areas where you can shave off a lot of money.

If you go with FX-8150 platform with a 2TB WD Black, 128GB SSD and AMD motherboard, CM cooler, 8 or 16GB ram then you can shave about $1500-1600 bucks off the above. $3500 is a down payment on a car.

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nedwards

"If you go with FX-8150 platform with a 2TB WD Black, 128GB SSD and AMD motherboard, CM cooler, 8 or 16GB ram then you can shave about $1500-1600 bucks off the above."

Well, yes, but then it wouldn't be a Sandy Bridge-E build. There's a Bulldozer build incoming, but this ain't it.

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neo_mouse

so tell me again why i spend money on this mag when everything is online before it comes in the mail?

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nedwards

Because you enjoy the magazine format, I hope.

In all seriousness, if we had waited until the mag hits newsstands, this story would be a month old. Instead we were able to put it up the day the Sandy Bridge-E NDA lifted, when it's hopefully more valuable to more people. The rest of the January issue's content will still be waiting for you when you get the magazine in a few weeks.

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neo_mouse

sorry nathan, just a rage post. i do love the mag. i have been a subscriber since 99. and have loved every issue. i do understand why you posted this when you did. sometimes the internet brings out the worst in all of us. 

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Jongalt26

i've been a subscriber since '98.5.  Im wondering about the digital subscription though.   Does the digital subscription have everything that the mag does?

 

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iceman08

I think this should be the new zero-point rig

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Digital-Storm

Performance by the bucket full huh? Tomshardware has a extensive rundown of the new cpu, and it only has about a 17% average difference over todays 2600K. And 95% of that difference is in Modeling and rendering, and the other 5% is in gaming. Waste of money IMO. 700 Bucks could be spent on a Quadro GPU that would speed the process up alot more than 17%.

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