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    Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    Seeing as these are coming out in january, whats special about these? are they going to replace i7's? if not the i5's and i3's?

    im looking to build an htpc so maybe this new sandy bridge cpu's will make the i5's come down in price?

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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    They're a socket 1156 replacement chip, with a new 1155 socket.

    Very very fast, excellent for gaming and encoding with AVX instruction sets and hardware encoding functions.

    Good power control and speed ramping. K series have super-easy overclocking. And they're very cheap too.

    Downside is lack of memory bandwidth for memory intensive tasks (top model alleviates this somewhat by allowing use of faster memory, but still dual channel). And relatively poor connectivity from the socket, requiring use of bridging chips to run extra PCI-E lanes for example.

    i5s are more likely to be EOL'd rather than drop too much in price for the supply.

    Real multi-core dependant apps are still better suited to AMD and high end 1366 Intels.

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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    am I right in thinking the the i7 will still be king of the hill until the next set of 1155 CPUs are out?
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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    am I right in thinking the the i7 will still be king of the hill until the next set of 1155 CPUs are out?
    By next set do you mean these mainstream sandy bridges that we're talking about? Upper i7s are still king of the hill until their replacement (socket 2011) CPUs are out. But these mainstream sandy bridges will be faster than most i7s for quite a lot of things.

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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    ATM,there seems to be no K series Core i3 CPUs meaning that overclocking could be potentially limited unless you buy a Core i5.


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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    Probably going to get a i5 2500k at release justwish theyd hurry up and release them dont know why intel insist on waiting for CES rather than releasing them in this busy buying period.

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    I can see all these sockets getting confusing.

    I remember the last LGA775 lasted for years.
    Now were on our third within about 2 years.

    slow down intel!

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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    is it possible to build a £400 htpc around sandy bridge(excluding GPU as i have a spare 260gtx and tv tuner) or are these sandy bridge a bit too expensive and im better off with a i5?

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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    is it possible to build a £400 htpc around sandy bridge(excluding GPU as i have a spare 260gtx and tv tuner) or are these sandy bridge a bit too expensive and im better off with a i5?
    No I doubt it, the SB will be £400 yet alone you need buy a mobo will support that socket.
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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

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    No I doubt it, the SB will be £400 yet alone you need buy a mobo will support that socket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miXer View Post
    No I doubt it, the SB will be £400 yet alone you need buy a mobo will support that socket.
    Where have you got that crazy idea from? Sandy Bridge processors are going to be in the £100-200 range for the most part.

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    Where have you got that crazy idea from? Sandy Bridge processors are going to be in the £100-200 range for the most part.
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    My mate told me that a decent SB CPU will be around that price, so I just followed his word. I guess he was wrong and made me a f00l :{ haha
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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    this is all great if money was no issue...

    but dont you think the AM3 setup is more cost effective as you can upgrade at a later date or im i totally missing something?

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    Re: Intel Sandy Bridge Thread

    Depends what you mean by upgrade as BD(AM3+) won't be B/C with AM3 - but you can use AM3 CPU's in AM3+ motherboards which for all intents and purposes, is pretty useless.
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