Originally Posted by trt740
I have to tell you I have owned the following cpus in the last few years Q6600 3.6ghz, E8600 4.3ghz, QX9650 4.0ghz, I7 920 4.2ghz, 945 PHII 3.8ghz , 955 II 4.2ghz , 1090TX6 4.3ghz and now a Sandy Bridge 2500k at 4.5 to 5.0ghz all on air depending on the voltage and things have radically changed. The performance difference is crazy on Sandy Bridge over them all. I am a giant AMD fan but I'm dumb struck at the performance jump of this chip even over my I7 920 at 4.2ghz and 1090T at 4.3ghz. This 2500K at 4.5 absolutely destroys them and it will go as high as 5.0ghz 24/7 at reasonable voltage. Prior to this, I could not tell you the difference in what cpu was in my computer if you didn't tell me going from a I7 920 to a 1090T at max overclock, both were fast and there was truely zero real world difference, but Sandy Bridge has changed the game. I see a giant leap here in even simple things like boot time etc... not a little difference a very noticable one. I'm tell you this is unreal, I cannot imagine what a 2600K at 5.0ghz is like but to say things have not changed is truely wrong and this is from a guy who believed like you do until about 3 days ago.
Arn't you running spinner hard drives anyways?
If so, I hardly see a CPU change helping your boot time. But you see what I'm saying. Sounds like it took awhile before a chip came out that impressed you. If I do jump on sandybridge now that'll probably be my last major build. I'm getting to old for this. lol Plus I'm afraid of what the price is going to be for Intels new ones.