AMD Pumps Out Five More Processors, Still no Core i7 Killer



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Nothing I've played has really challenged it.  I suspect there is a creeping effect that comes with the cross platforming of games to PC from the crappy hardware land of the console.  The console is the lowest common denominator and there is nobody out there rocking it like Quake did back in the day, where ID was putting out patches to upgrade graphics for individual 3d chipsets (Voodoo 1 ftw!), and the chipsets used significantly different techniques to achieve 3d.  Wait, that's pre-mpc, boot mag times, when velociraptor would attack your virtual cleavage.  ps does trespasser even work on an i7 or is it STILL slow and buggy?



The 975 is nice, but I'd like some more triple-core Phenom IIs for a budget build (there are only two, and both of them are sub 3GHz). 

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I'm in a dificult situation right now with my current build. I'm at the point of choosing a processor and its between a high end phenom or an i5. I'm split because the i5 could easily outperform a 965 but with the higher system price point. Especially if overclocked. On the other hand if I consider the future if computing amd might have things right. How many tasks will be offloaded to the gpu? Will the central processor really be the most important piece of a system in the coming years. Another benefit of amd is that you can count on the AM3 socket to be around for a while. So I could easily upgrade to the next budget processor in a year or two at a $200 pricepoint that will match the performance of todays expensive i7s. So which is the smart route. A long term socket interface that'll boost performance over years at a budget with money left for a high end gpu. Or a high end system now with the price point to match that will be incompatible with hardware a year or two from now?



If memory serves, the 1156 is a dead end socket. If you are looking for future upgrade ablity the AM3 is probably the way you would want to go. Or spring for the 1366 socket and get an i7. What determines the factors of cpu purchase is bragging rights, heat, cost, and what you do. If you only browse the web, is an i5 or i7 worth the cost?

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How is 1156 a dead end socket? 



I recently indulges on a Core i7 860 (along with the other necessary peripherals).  While I'm impressed with its speed and performance, it also took out a good chunk of my wallet ( I had to buy a new mobo which was around $160, DDR3 RAM for another $100).

I'm kinda regretting the purchase as I could've build a lower, yet still impressive, AMD Phenom II x4 940 Black Edition and save half o what I spent.  I don't game as much as I used to.  My previous C2D 6750 was doing pretty good already so I'm sure the AMD 940 would've preformed equally or better.

Unless the price significantly comes down with Intel, I think I"m going with AMD for my next built.



I don't believe AMD is really trying to compete on a speed basis with intel at all (now or in the close future), instead ONLY really focusing on budget builds, making performance a non-feature...and I'm actually thinking that they may never try again.  I like what I hear about bulldozer, but I'm not believing for a minute that the chip is going to be significant by the time it's released, given how well the i cores are doing and what intel likely has planned for that year.  I have always been an AMD fan, but I just don't believe they are ever going to be competitive performance wise again against intel.  It makes me sad. I would LOVE to be proven wrong, just dont' think it's ever gonna happen.


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No surprise here.  AMD has become known for sub-$300 procs.  Ok, so they can't fly with Intel.  But why buy a 747 when all you need is a Cessna? 

For me, the old Athlon x2 3800+ paired with a Radeon 4850 (CPU bottle neck in this setup) suits me just fine: DVD's, casual gaming, and spreadsheets.  If this is the extent of demand I place on my hardware, why should I jump for a CPU that costs more than my whole computer?

 However, if I were a hardcore gamer.... I would shy away from AMD and stick with an i5 or i7, with a 5870, of course!


Just my 2 cents 

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