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Will you still buy a SB-E for gaming now the results are out?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by EastCoasthandle, Nov 14, 2011.

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Will you buy SB-E now that you know it's performance?

Poll closed Nov 26, 2011.
  1. Yes, but for multithreaded application use, not for gaming

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  2. Yes, including games

    11 vote(s)
    14.7%
  3. Maybe, I'm not sure yet

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  4. No (I will post why)

    24 vote(s)
    32.0%
  5. I'm currenlty not in the market for CPU upgrade at this time.

    37 vote(s)
    49.3%
  1. EastCoasthandle

    EastCoasthandle New Member

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    I recall a few months back that some wouldn't upgrade to SB but would wait for SB-E. It's clear that if you need to en/de code, unzip and use it for other applications that require a few more HW threads the SB-E would be a good choice as it's very conservative on power consumption (for what it is). However, as for pricing, it doesn't come cheap.

    So, the results are in, will you still buy it now that we know what SB-E is all about? Or will you upgrade to something else?
     
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    Probably not, SB-E doesn't look like it was designed for gamers but more for intense encoding or autocad.
     
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  3. qubit

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    No, I won't be getting it. I'm really disappointed that there's no improvement in gaming performance.

    This thread would do really well with a poll and a public poll would make it more interesting. :)

    I suggest choices:

    YES
    NO
    MAYBE
    OTHER (EXPLAIN)
     
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    If I had the money and decided to upgrade today, I'd probably go for i5 2500k. Maybe I'd even just pick a Phenom II X6, because I wouldn't have to change my mobo or RAM...
    But, as I don't have the money at the moment, I'm not actively contemplating the upgrade nor am I sure what would I get :p
     
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    Im gonna stick with my sandybridge build and maybe look into an ivy bridge chip in a year or so.
     
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    I'm sticking with my 2600K for sure as it is fast in everything I do. I wonder if that huge L3 cache on SB-E has a latency penalty or something, or games just aren't using all the cores perhaps.
     
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  7. EastCoasthandle

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    There is no option for me to edit my post to create a poll.
     
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  8. qubit

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    The problem is that the IPC isn't any better in SB-E, or put it another way, single threaded performance is the same as SB.
     
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    SB-E is designed to be as fast as good old regular SB but to also have greatly superior multi threaded capability. If you like multi-gpu solutions, it's a good platform for some heavy duty 'future proofing' for a good few years to come.

    Thing is, p67, h67 and Z68 boards are coming through wit IB compatibility so my take is this.

    A) Get a i7 3930 and be good for a few years with a strong platform (like the x58).

    B) Get a Z68 mobo with vendor confirmed IB compatibility (http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/PCIe3_Ready/) and upgrade effortlesly to IB in Q2 2012.

    B) is the obvious choice for me as I don't do any heavy duty work on my PC.

    Hmm.... Damn these decisions. Maybe my mind will be swayed by the thought that SB performed so well it made x58 a little less impressive. As others have said, don't want to get burned again.

    On a side note, Overclockers UK have already sold out of their 3960 stock. lol.
     
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    I'll buy it ALSO for gaming, but that's not the main purpose of my purchase...
    Anyway I strongly recommend to whoever wants to build a rig for playing to buy a 2500K and be done with it :)
     
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    Yes, I will.

    A gaming computer is nice to have, but when I want to do some real processing I'm going to need something more. I want to be able to transcode, encrypt, and anything else that I'll do in the next five years.


    As has been said, SB-e is not a vast improvement in performance. Or at least not in instructions per cycle. What it does offer is more IO, boat loads of connectivity, and extra cores. The improvement is there, just hard to see with the narrowed perspective of gaming.


    So, my next 5 years will be spent with a 3930k. I don't think it is a bad choice, considering that it has similar idling characteristics to normal SB, but can bring the muscle whenever need be. $550 over 1825 days (5 years) is less than $0.30 per day. I'd spend more if I saw a movie every other other week. Consider this an investment into more than just gaming, that is easy to see the value in whenever you run all the numbers.
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Not at all, for gaming you'd be better off with staying or moving to an LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge chip and pairing it with nice video card. I'm currently running a Phenom II 1055T chip and i stil wouldn't upgrade, especially not for the cost.

    Sandy Bridge-E excels in heavily multi-threaded applications and most software that the average consumer doesn't do much of. So i think if you do work with software that actually puts those threads/cores to work and have the money, then it might be a feasible platform.
     
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    if i can ever afford to build the crunching rig i want then maybe.... otherwise its PIIx6 or 2500k for me
     
  14. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    It's not obvious, but you can. Just click on the Thread Tools drop down at the top right and you can add it.
     
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    Hell yes I want it but need ....

    That's different.
     
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    I understand, but someone mentioned that the single threaded performance was worse than 2500/2600K. Is this true?
     
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    there is. click on the thread drop down menu at above the right of OP
     
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    I'm just going by the reviews I've seen today, but in some test it seems to be a teeny tiny little bit worse on the order of less than 1%. However, It's not anything you'd notice in practice.

    Shame we don't have a TPU review of this, isn't it? :ohwell:
     
  19. radrok

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    There is nothing in the Sandy Bridge-E architecture that could decrease the single threaded performance over the 2500k/2600k other than being the increased cache size and consequently latency increase.
    Anand reported that the bigger cache could make up for the latency and in fact there is no single threaded performance difference between SB-E and SB.
    We are talking about same frequency, naturally.
     
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    It would be ridiculous for me to buy a $600 dollar CPU to play games. Would I want a $600 dollar CPU to play games? Absolutely. Still, not going to shell out that kind of money when a CPU can be bought at half the price to do the same thing. I'm still waiting to see multi cpu bench's with SB-E.
     
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    Is there any information about the QPI on the 3930k/3960x?
    I mean if they didn't fuse it this time we could have dual socket motherboards supporting this series of CPUs instead of going for Xeons
     
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    I'm still nursing along my Core2 E8600 :laugh:

    If Ivy proves it's salt, I'll be jumping on that wagon.
     
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    Yes there is, in the many reviews posted this morning.
     
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    No way. It was Intel's turn the produce a disappointing cpu family.

    Though not quite as bad as "the trowel", this is way over priced for what you get.

    Not interested.
     
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    if it is in my budget i dont see why not. most likely i will get a regular SB or wait till the mainstream ones are out
     

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