AMD's future chips have real potential to double my fx-6100 on the am3+ platform. I know AMD cancelled the 10 core piledriver for release this year, but am3+ is PD's socket. Say PD's IPC goes up 20% (and doesn't reduce overclock speed), RCM gives 15% more overclock speed and I buy an eight core rather the six. With the added heat and watts of two more cores I lose 10% overclock speed. I'm still looking at a 50% increase available in a few months. Now give them a couple years. It would be a bummer if AMD changed how they advance sockets. I doubt they designed PD for am3+, instead of only FM2, without the plan for AM4 Putting an am4 cpu in my rig some day is partly why I stayed with AMD. FMx for on die graphics and AMx for no graphics? Send me an fx-8370 or a fx-10370 and we'll know for sure!
Also, for converting my 1080 60i video and bluray authoring, my rig is great. I put the source file on an hdd and output file on an ssd and cpu load runs 60-90%. Minute for minute is the slowest conversion i've seen and 10 to 1 for Hidef to Stdef. I just had a baby girl so lots of videos! She wakes up a lot at night so gaming keeps me awake for the 1st shift of feedings.
I am well aware of the intel sockets..... Think outside the Intel box man. 1155 has little chance to double the 2500k performance (for $200ish cpu) but 2011 performance currently does and will hopefully go far beyond that. I want to be able to double my performance with a drop in cpu upgrade someday for $200. And basically 2011 is too expensive and 1155 may be maxed out with Ivybridge. So I didn't go with intel. AMD in 2-3 years, i'm hoping, has a $200ish cpu that will double the fx-6100. RCM, more cores (I still think 10 core am4 is the direction) and yes I surrender, higher IPC sets the stage.
As far as heat goes on my fx-6100, prime 95 for 3 min is the only thing, thus far, that puts it above 60 C at 4.7ghz. It runs warm at high clock speeds on air, but not super hot. I've had it to 74C before crashing with prime 95 @ 5.2. I can get errors above 4.7 on prime 95 but not overheating until 5.2 or heavy voltage.
my head specs are as follows:
4 lobe graymatter (low IPC)
hyperthreading left/right brain
35 solar passes of memory
turbo caffeine 2x (i like espresso)
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