Ok so it has been awhile since I updated my desktop, I remember purchasing my core i7 860 system back in 2010 ..i think. Anyhow I stayed out of the loop just saw the usual new chip , new this or that released but never really paid attention to it because I was more than content with my current setup. Then came ssd drives and sata 3 speeds were just begging me to try them, me being a big speed freak I couldn’t resist. I ebay’d my system which went for a really high price, which I thought was odd at the beginning only later to realize why. I assumed 2+ years is more than enough time for technology to be 10x faster than my current setup. I mean we did that back in the Pentium/K6 days, knowing that if you upgraded after 2 years the old system would be faaaaaaaaaar behind current technological performance capabilities. Well as I started down this road , I soon found out I was quite wrong.
First system I got was an i5 2500k, i7 seemed a bit pricey and there was a great deal for an i5 2500k with motherboard being sold for $400 out the door, So I said why not. After running it for a week, I felt a sad taste in my mouth, a taste known as regret. Because at this current point that i5 was not too far away from my 860 and sometimes in some tasks it was rather slow. Aside from the usual gaming once a week, I mainly use my desktop for developing on linux and indexing search engines and basic compiles seemed a bit slower due to the lack of threads. So I did the next logical thing, I went and replaced the i5 with an i7 2700k. Spending a $100 dollars more and walking away wondering how did this turn into a $500 dollar fiasco but who cares lets fly. Ran home to setup the system , overclocked it on air at 4.8 with no heat issues. The system was flying but not really flying you know what I mean. Kinda like yeah its fast but was it worth blowing $500 dollars to get that extra 17% percent faster feel …yeah that type. Plus getting vcore warnings from the board wasn’t a nice feeling, I mean come on whats the point.
After deciding to dump everything and wait for Ivy bridge, I was curious and said to myself I went for the hot girl and she wasn’t all that..why not try her ugly friend everyone keeps walking away from. I mean I’ve gone through hell already why not try all the flavors so I purchased a 8120 along with sabertooth am3+ 990fx board. Ah amd the apple of my eye back in the days and somehow I wish I would have left you in memory lane, you guys truly failed this time. I can see this chip being great if the price was less than an i5 but it should not be priced at the same price as an i5, thats just madness. I’ve run almost all my process from A-Z on linux and windows and this thing by far sucks compared to the i5, even the extra cores do not help this thing. The temperature is rather ridiculous with a stock cooler, if you have this chip use an after market cooler. I would recommend this chip if it was worth $120-$140, aside from that no thanks and just maybe AMD might be smart enough to do that around ivy’s release. So ebay it is!, I put up the system and sold it for the exact price I got it for. Now I patiently wait for Ivy bridge to come out and finally picking a cpu setup that wont have me feeling like I got ripped off. Amd needs to get its act together and stop smoking whatever they are in r&d. Intel needs to get checked they have 2500k -> 2600k -> 2700k , price difference are huge for a small performance increases, this is what happens when you have no competition. Will Ivy be all that great, not really but it will drop current Sandy bridge/e prices down, enough to pick up a nice system.
I ended up purchasing an ivy bridge 3770k with an asus z77 maximus motherboard and couldnt be happier, using an antec water cooler I get about 28-30 idle and 50-58 at full load with the cpu overclocked to 4.5ghz. Room temps can range 70-85 depending on time of the day so overall happy with my current setup, now to catch up on 2 weeks of not working.