Another Core i7 Launch Rumor: Week 46

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Talcum X

Money is too tight at my place right now, with doctor bills, credit cards, car payment, bike payment, ring payment.  And the wife is wanting to buy a house.  We dont even have a HDTV yet and wont for even longer.  So I just keep what we have going until then.

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Zefram0911

I've seen the early benchmarks and too bad there aren't large increases for gaming.  The GPU is still the bottleneck at higher resolutions...  Have fun playing Word and browsing faster... lol.  j/k

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Haipyng

There is future upgradability to consider too! :) Most games only take adavantage of two CPU cores now, but that will change over time, especially in the next year I think. I also do some graphic design on this machine, so it should still benefit from a good processor. My game machines go on three year life spans for the CPU/Motherboard, so going for a Quad-Core makes sense.

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Devo85x

Well... it's almost here... ive been waiting and holding out on switching to quad core for this processor (and dont want to spend too much on a graphics card if i have a POS processor) right now im stuck with an AMD Athlon X2... i just hope i can actually afford this...

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canbbb

I basically use more or less the same tactics to get budget approval for a new machine :-)

My 2-year old system is still kicking %$$, with its QX6700 and 8800GTX.  Now, finally, we have worthy replacements for the graphics (either the GTX 280 or the 4870 X2), but I have to wait and see real ife performance of the i7 before I take the plunge.  If we get a minimum of 30% improvements in CPU perfomance accross all benchmarks, then I'll go for it.

I always maintain this spreadsheet for my dream system.  For about 18 months, it was basically never moving, and then, this spring, wow... finally lots of activity in the graphics department. 

The "current" dream system:

Core i7, 4870 X2, 4 Gb RAM @ 1600 Mhz (might be 8 though), 64-bit Vista, 300 Gb Velociraptor and 1 Tb Samsung drives.  I should be able to get all that for $2500 (recycling current peripherals of course).  SSD might not make the cut this time around...

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Haipyng

Some numbers thrown around on Core i7 is that it will produce around a 30% improvement over Penryn.No one is comparing it to AMD since they have slumped in the corner at the high end processor party, drooling. Bummer too since I have had AMD chips in all my gaming rigs since the K6-2. 

The Velociraptor is a nice pick, but for me the price difference is too high. I am going with twin terrabyte drives in RAID 0 for less than the price of a single 300 GB velociraptor. SSD is just not mature enough to make budget sense right now.

I would love another two sticks of 2Gig, DDR3, but the price makes my checking account squeak with terror. 

 

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yogurt80

If you're running 64bit, may as well spring for the 8GB.  Why not push 'er to the brink, RAM keeps dropping!

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Haipyng

If you are going Core i7, you are going DDR3. That 4Gig is going to set you back about $300. Doubling that is doubling the price. I will go with the first 4Gig and upgrade to another 4Gig when the prices on DDR3 hit sanity levels. 

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Devo85x

I have NO idea where your looking but i looked about 2 weeks ago and you could get low clocked DDR3 ram for about $150 for 4GB... it may be clocked SUPER low but thats the point of overclocking... and that is what intel chips do best

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Haipyng

The cheapest DDR3 at the 'Egg with a standard clock speed of say 1600 is $219.99 for Wintec (blech) with timings of 8-8-9-25. I usually choose to go with a higher clock RAM than the MB standard since it is a snap to OC and still runs nice and stable. Your mileage on OCing RAM that has a lower clock may vary. I never had good luck with it. I'd also rather get lower timing as well, although there is debate on how big a roll that will play with DDR3. IMHO if your are dropping a $500 video card in the box, why skimp on the quality of your RAM?

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yogurt80

Didn't mean to start a feud!  Sorry, I was still in a DDR2 mindsset.  Yeah, it may be safer to start with 4 now and then double it down the road when it drops more (it won't be long, I'm sure).

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Haipyng

No feuds, just clarifying my position! :) Anyone picking up DDR3 will definetly be longing for the days of DDR2 cheap and plenty! :)

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jvc08

anyone know?? 

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Haipyng

Not yet...rumored numbers are from prototype hardware and early drivers. There won't be anything solid until a little after the official launch.

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