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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Already built an X99 rig

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Intel C236.... Although X99 would make it possible for me to go mATX or even ITX. Is Haswell-E still the powerhog that Sandy/Ivy Bridge-E was?

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Quote Originally Posted by Potbellieddwarf View Post
    I already upgraded from Z97 to X99, so my answer is X99.
    Can I ask why ? That is SUCH a small upgrade for not such a small amount of cash

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Click the any comment here, it'll lead you to Hex' forum page for the comments on this article where you can edit & format...

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Quote Originally Posted by idris View Post
    Click the any comment here, it'll lead you to Hex' forum page for the comments on this article where you can edit & format...
    I have no idea what this means. Click the "any comment here" ? What does that mean. And the rest is hardly...seriously dude what the shizzle

    N/M I see you were referring back to a previous comment talking about editing

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Quote Originally Posted by outwar6010 View Post
    lol how did you bold it in the end?
    [ b ] [ / b ] (remove spaces obvs)

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Depends on your budget really, If your budget stretches to the X99 then it's a no-brainer. If your budget doesn't quite reach the X99 and you still NEED to have a new rig then perhaps Z170 is up your street... or you could save a fair few pennies, grab one of the numerous thousands of X5650 Xeon's that're getting pulled from servers around the globe that're going for about £50 or so grab a X58 mobo for £100ish and throw as much DDR3 as you can afford in and (after oc'ing to 4GHz with ease) get 80%ish performance per clock with a 6-core machine.
    With the advent of DX12 it's looking like more cores is better than faster cores so it looks like my machine'll be good for a few more years yet

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    It depends on what you'll be doing. Some (even new) games are so poorly optimised that single or double-core GHz still matter more on the CPU side than the number of cores or GPU grunt. And course the Intel graphics can aid with streaming games too by offloading from the primary GPU.

    But for anything productive it would have to be X99.

    Not that I care. I too am still on X58 and sticking until it dies. If Intel (or anyone else) aren't interested in investing in decent CPU performance increases then I'm not investing either.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    If it was from the Z87/4670k I have now then neither. Huge outlay for such a small gain. If it was a complete new build then I would still probably go with neither. Instead I would most likley buy a second hand 4690k/4790k from another forums members market along with a decent Z97 board and some DDR3. Not counting Broadwell, Skylake has to be the most pointless release from Intel so far.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    I would probably go for Z170 since the Skylake processors are more power efficient.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Neither. It's all about waiting for Zen.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    Not that I care. I too am still on X58 and sticking until it dies. If Intel (or anyone else) aren't interested in investing in decent CPU performance increases then I'm not investing either.
    It's not really, or at least not just, about Intel being happy with small, incremental changes; meaningful performance increases are also getting more and more difficult to produce. We may never see real-world generational performance increases in the double digits ever again on x86 and somewhere down the line you may well find yourself screaming "die, you X58 bastard! DIE, DIE, DIE!!!".

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    The Core i7 6700K is a retarded price at £300+ and in terms of longevity I see going with a Core i7 5820K and an X99 motherboard being a better option.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    X99 is alot more appealing to me, not that I could afford either right now.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    X99, I have an X5650 right now, not going to downgrade to a quad core with less PCIE lanes.

    Any idea if we will get some revised X99 boards soon?

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    I'd be happy happy with either. It all depends on if I'm being given a rig or buying it myself.

    *hint hint*

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