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Intel Sandy Bridge E Review

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MikeMK 14th November 2011, 20:05 Quote
Nice review as ever bit-tech. Would love to go 6 core, and was hoping that SB-E would be worth upgrading to, but from the review it appears not - particularly disappointing is the overclocking performance. Was hoping for 5ghz o/c's on 6 core chips - that would have been sweet :)
meandmymouth 14th November 2011, 20:18 Quote
I was worried I was going to get hardware envy and want the very best because it really was the very best. However, with that power draw, the heat and most importantly the cost I'm starting to feel a little smug with my little 2500K. Overclocks well, runs cool, performs like a monster with everything I need it for and overall feels like a more sensible choice.

I thought the performance was going to be a but better. AMD's FX power draw looks a tiny bit less ridiculous now, but the performance still looks pathetic.
Spreadie 14th November 2011, 20:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Action_Parsnip
If I was a X58 owner I'd be scanning ebay for cheap gulftowns :3
Nah, another Intel launch produces a 'nice to have' CPU, but nothing that makes me want one.

Still happy with my little 920. :D

Anyone on 1155, looking to upgrade to SB-E, should be dragged outside and slapped silly.
jimmyjj 14th November 2011, 21:11 Quote
Mighty fine review. Nice to see you guys still got it when it counts.
Dae314 14th November 2011, 21:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by mattbailey
.....Expensive

Judging by this review and other reviews I've read, I'd say "Excessive" is a better adjective.
JohnSheridan 14th November 2011, 22:04 Quote
Total disappointment :(

Was expecting much better results for this new socket but with no competition from AMD looks like Intel have not pushed themselves too far. No octo-core processors (until Xeon SB-E come out) ,no native USB3 and SAS connections dumped.

Can't see many rushing to buy one - I have the i7 970 - so was hoping for an early crimo present but not splashing the cash for these processors.
dark_avenger 14th November 2011, 22:35 Quote
Good performance for a single CPU setup but very disappointed on the lack of USB3 and SATA 6gbs ports.

Looks like I'll just be buying an add on SATA6/USB3 card for my i7 920 setup....
the_kille4 14th November 2011, 22:44 Quote
wow.... there's still alot of 920 owners. XD i'll probably buy the 7970 anyway and ponder what to do with 6970.

now what to do with the extra cash...hmmm. will use it for Ivy Bridge E then. Till that time I will try and hog a few 2/3TB drives before they become scarce and of course an SSD.
Pookeyhead 14th November 2011, 22:51 Quote
Will Ivy Bridge E be LGA2011?
SpAceman 14th November 2011, 22:53 Quote
Its decided then. I will hold out for Ivy Bridge.

I can see this being popular for extreme enthusiasts. The fact that the heat seemed to hold back the overclock looks good for LN2 overclocking. No doubt this will become the competitive overclocking platform of choice.
Evildead666 14th November 2011, 23:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookeyhead
Will Ivy Bridge E be LGA2011?

Possibly. After that, Haswell i think, the voltage is controlled differently, so the pins will have to change function, even if there are the same number of them.
rowpie 14th November 2011, 23:00 Quote
Plenty 920 owners still out there. :)

C0 stepping at 3.8 Ghz since launch. Somehow the 1366 bandwagon just felt right to jump on when released. Never regretted it for a single day. (Ok D0 may have annoyed me a little but hey it happens)

There is nothing here that I have seen that makes me think its time to upgrade. Already got 12 gig of ram which is more than enough for my needs.

This may be the first time ever I've had one processor see 3 different graphics card generations and still be going strong! I also suspect I am not the only 920 owner who will be able to say that either.
Pookeyhead 14th November 2011, 23:03 Quote
Nope.. had mine for 3 years, and to be honest, if I didn't do so much bandwidth intensive stuff I'd be more than happy to keep this 920. Or at least build a 1155. Like you Ive gone through 3 GPUs with this chip. The 920 has got to be the greatest chip of all time.
Farfalho 14th November 2011, 23:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by mattbailey
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Bit-Tech said We started off this review pondering what the 'E' in Sandy Bridge E stood for and we're now fairly convinced that it doesn't stand for 'Extreme' or 'Enthusiast'. Instead, it must mean....

.....Expensive
+1
My thoughts exactly!

Finally Intel made a move that will clarify everyone about the whole range.
Want htpc or low to medium pc's? Go for i3
Want a medium-high spec pc for gaming and some pounding? Go for i5 (the i7-2600k it's useless, the 2500K can do the same for this market share)
Want a professional rig where thread power is important? Go for i7 (All the LGA2011 range)

I see them this way and the LGA1155 i5-2500k it's the sweet spot for an hardcore gaming rig.

About the X79, which bothers me is the fact that Intel is going "La-la-la-la" about SATA 6Gbps not being fully implementend as well with the USB3. Unfortunately, AMD boards have SATA 6Gbps across all of the SATA ports and USB3 but the new processors don't have the power to shake Intel.

All things considered, we have AMD with a future-proof and well rounded chipset but lacking in the cpu department. On the other side, we have Intel with its full might on cpu's and the chipset not being so much future-proof on new technologies.
sinner666999 15th November 2011, 00:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dae314
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Originally Posted by mattbailey
.....Expensive

Judging by this review and other reviews I've read, I'd say "Excessive" is a better adjective.

Extravagant is what came to my mind.
brave758 15th November 2011, 00:32 Quote
Yep proves the x58 still has good legs looking like ill still be rocking my 980x well into the next year, running 3.8 under volted
Siwini 15th November 2011, 00:36 Quote
Gaming Industries need to step up and make reall PC games for PC's and not concentrating on consoles like. It's not intel fault that gaming industries afraid to make really tight games that would require a lot of horsepower and stress the crap out of six core processors. Because we all know chepo consoles players going to cry.
Redbeaver 15th November 2011, 03:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by sinner666999
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Originally Posted by Dae314
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Originally Posted by mattbailey
.....Expensive

Judging by this review and other reviews I've read, I'd say "Excessive" is a better adjective.

Extravagant is what came to my mind.

i'd vote for Expensive.... for the purchase price and your monthly hydro bill.
fluxtatic 15th November 2011, 05:02 Quote
Yeah...disappointing. Not that the performance is bad, but damn! $550 for definitely not double the processor you get with the i5-2500K? Looks like it will be an e-peen extender, like Gulftown was for a lot of people. You sure as hell don't need to drop this kind of cash for an extra 5fps in games.

So, the lesson is, unless your workstation dies tomorrow, you might as well wait for IB-E.

Still a little teary about the FX-8150 being at the bottom of damn near all benchmarks, though :'(
Claave 15th November 2011, 10:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by bulldogjeff
I don't think it's that bad, it's actually quite good, but let down on it's massive power draw and price.

I think you lot have all been spoiled with 1155 performance and were expecting another huge jump. I just don't think we are going to see some thing like that again for a while.

We're never going to see a 20-30 per cent performance leap from one generation to the next again? Really?
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/10/10/all-about-ivy-bridge/1
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Originally Posted by Pookeyhead
Will Ivy Bridge E be LGA2011?
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Originally Posted by Evildead666
Possibly. After that, Haswell i think, the voltage is controlled differently, so the pins will have to change function, even if there are the same number of them.

Yep, that's our understanding at the moment. Ivy Bridge is pin-compatible with Sandy Bridge (on LGA1155) so we'd really expect Ivy Bridge E to be pin-compatible with Sandy Bridge E.

However, don't rule out a chipset update (one that's closer to the X79 rumours, with USB 3, SAS, SATA 6Gbps throughout etc, probably with PCI-E 3 support too) that might break compatibility. Hopefully it won't (if it even happens) but the reasonable assumption of a much better chipset for Ivy Bridge E means that switching to LGA2011 right now if you're only looking to get ready for Ivy Bridge E might not pay off.
shaunster1011 15th November 2011, 11:00 Quote
So if your expecting a 20/30% increase with top end ivy bridge I7's over the current sandy bridge offerings then they will leave sandy bridge e well behind in terms of performance, surely?
yassarikhan786 15th November 2011, 11:05 Quote
The E could stand for many things. Some people may Envy others who own one. Many will agree that they are too Expensive and Enthusiasts will be Enthralled by them, lol.
Spreadie 15th November 2011, 11:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by yassarikhan786
The E could stand for many things. Some people may Envy others who own one. Many will agree that they are too Expensive and Enthusiasts will be Enthralled by them, lol.

The E is for E-Peen.
Cr@1g 15th November 2011, 12:31 Quote
As far as my narrow fortune telling can see its +1 Intel. All this was invented for was to make us buy up the rest of the old stock. I say job well done! Funny how prices have risen on the, i5 & I7 K series chips. quick look at Ebuyer confirms it.
Hakuren 15th November 2011, 14:30 Quote
Got i7 920 in 2008. 4 more years before potential switch. Plenty of fuel left in X58 platform. Very disappointing chip (when compared to X58), but on the other hand it is god news that I can spend cash on something more worthwhile than SB-E. Like another RAID card and 8 more HDDs. :evilgrin:
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