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Posted 12 January 2013 - 18:20
Posted 12 January 2013 - 18:32
What do you usually do with your system? If you like to overclock, Haswell is worth it (can't tell you why but read the Haswell Anandtech preview very carefully for buried treasure). On-die graphics is improving quite a bit as well. If you're into energy efficiency or even more graphics, Broadwell. I think the tech community will be very pleasantly surprised with Broadwell. But I'm biased, so we'll just going to have to prove it the hard way.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 18:47
Posted 12 January 2013 - 18:48
Posted 12 January 2013 - 19:26
Posted 12 January 2013 - 19:48
Posted 12 January 2013 - 19:57
Like I said in the other post, I'm giving my fiance my computer now and getting myself an upgrade. She just does web surfing and casual gaming so it will be perfect for her
Well I have a first gen i7 right now with 12 GB of DDR3. I'm going to upgrade eventually b/c my fiance has an ancient computer (running xp that came on it 6-7 years ago). So it's not so much that I NEED the upgrade, it's that when I do upgrade I'm wondering if it's smart to invest in a haswell processor or to just get an ivy-bridge. Will the haswell processors be faster even though intel is focusing solely on the power reduction areas of the cpu?
EDIT: That's one of my disappointments as well theyarecomingforyou. I was hoping for at least a 6-core hyper threaded version to come out for the enthusiast brand (which I hear actually has less features planned then the non-enthusiast version).
Posted 12 January 2013 - 19:57
Posted 12 January 2013 - 20:06
Posted 12 January 2013 - 20:47
I don't see it being that much better. Depends on the price mostly. It will most likely be faster, but will it be worth the premium? Probably not. I don't really see why anyone need more power than what's available now unless you NEED or for specific applications. I run 2-3 VMs regularly on an i5-2500 with 8GB of RAM and they run just fine. You'll get the best performance from getting an SSD and 8-16GB or RAM.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 21:07
I'm sceptical. The biggest disappointment is that they'll only go up to quad-core, which feels like a real missed opportunity. Ivybridge was a huge let-down and games performance seems to have taken a back seat for Intel, which is what I'm most interested in.
As always, we'll know more when the first proper reviews come out. If only AMD was more competitive.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 21:14
Posted 12 January 2013 - 21:21
Haswell will definitely bring some improvements. Among others GPU and AVX2 come to mind.
Will Haswell be extremely revolutionary? No! (at least not for the consumer...)
Will it make sense to buy Ivy Bridge after Haswell has been released? No! (at least in the general case you shouldn't buy into an outdated platform)
Is it necessary to wait for Haswell? No! (if you need the power/a new system now, just buy it!)
Posted 12 January 2013 - 21:26
Posted 12 January 2013 - 21:40
It's feature set definitely is as AVX does for example NOT support integer operations. Obviously it extends AVX hence AVX2...
AVX2 is not new - it came with Sandy Bridge, and has been usable ever since. (AVX2 builds on AVX, which was standard fare starting with Nehalem.)