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New computer- i7 versus Sandy Bridge
« on: October 04, 2010, 01:12:16 pm »
I am contemplating getting a new computer with in the next 6 months or so, and am unsure whether I should get an i7 or whether I should hold out and purchase a computer with the new sandy bridge chip microarchitecture?

Any thoughts?
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Re: New computer- i7 versus Sandy Bridge
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2010, 07:40:06 pm »
Some of the Sandy Bridge chips will also be called Core i7, but they will be numbered 2xxx instead of xxx.

The Core i7 2600 (the first Sandy Bridge Core i7) is supposed to arrive Q1 2011 and should be around $350, replacing the Core i7 870 and the Core i7 950 at that price point.

The 2600 will clock in at 3.4 GHz, compared to the 950 at 3.067 GHz.
On a single core, the 2600 will turbo up to 3.8 GHz, compared to the 870 at 3.6 GHz.

Thus, the 2600 should significantly outgun its predecessors.

A sample Core i5 2400, a Sandy Bridge chip that should be about $200, was tested here in several games: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-preview-three-wins-in-a-row/11.
As you can see, it beat out the Core i7 880 in all of the games tested. I can't find a Canadian price on the 880, but it should be around $650.


So it seems pretty clear that Sandy Bridge leaves Nehalem/Westmere in the dust. Assuming the Core i7 2600 arrives on time, it will indeed be ready within the next six months and is probably worth the wait.


As an additional note, I observed a similar pattern in dual core progression three years ago and Q1 2008 indeed turned out to be the perfect time to buy when the Core 2 Duo E8xxx series was released.

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Re: New computer- i7 versus Sandy Bridge
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2010, 08:17:20 pm »
Thanks for the input Steve. I agree that it is probably worth the wait.
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Re: New computer- i7 versus Sandy Bridge
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2010, 11:05:38 pm »