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Future Intel upgrades....

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Okay, so I've been wrestling with the AMD/Intel debate for a while now, and even though I'm not really satisfied that I know which upgrade will be best for me longer term (because there's no real info on Agena/Penryn performance yet), I'm starting to lean towards Intel.

One of my arguments for upgrading to an AM2 rig was the future Agena/Barcelona support, but I just realised I don't know loads about future Intel chips- obviously I know Penryn/Nehalem chips will be available, but will I be able to use these chips if I got, say an Asus P5K-E motherboard (P35 chipset/DDR2)?

Just interested in support for the next 18 months or so as that's about how often I upgrade this stuff...
 
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melbourne720 said:
Yep, get a P35 motherboard and a e2160. Then upgrade when Penryn comes out, if you want.

This upgrade really needs to be an upgrade in its own right, as well as a possible stepping-stone to another CPU....so I think I would grab an E6420 :)
 
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Arterion said:
This upgrade really needs to be an upgrade in its own right, as well as a possible stepping-stone to another CPU....so I think I would grab an E6420 :)

I had an e2160 Vs an e6600 in identical setups, both at 3GHz. There was almost no difference. FEAR was identical, 3d mark 06 was almost identical, Supreme Commander was down 5% as was CoH. I was surprised how little difference the cache makes, and it could certainly run rings around your Winchester :D
 
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melbourne720 said:
I had an e2160 Vs an e6600 in identical setups, both at 3GHz. There was almost no difference. FEAR was identical, 3d mark 06 was almost identical, Supreme Commander was down 5% as was CoH. I was surprised how little difference the cache makes, and it could certainly run rings around your Winchester :D

I'm not really one to overclock though...
 
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Arterion said:
I know Penryn/Nehalem chips will be available, but will I be able to use these chips if I got, say an Asus P5K-E motherboard (P35 chipset/DDR2)?

Peryn will work in that board but Nehalem will be on a new socket.
 
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melbourne720 said:
These chips are SO easy to.

Step 1. Set VCore to 1.35
Step 2. Set FSB to 340
Step 3. Boot PC and enjoy 3GHz goodness :D


Step 4. Run orthos for 8 hours for safety / OCuk screenie ;)

Hmm, i'd still rather not, but if it *really* is that easy, and pretty much guaranteed then maybe i could....
 
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Arterion said:
Hmm, i'd still rather not, but if it *really* is that easy, and pretty much guaranteed then maybe i could....

That pretty much is it. There is more to it if you want to go higher, but I honestly think the only thing holding back any of these budget chips are the motherboards and the will of the users.
 
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