Formerly Known As Fenril
AMD Price Cuts
AMD has apparently quietly cut prices on their CPUs:
(I realize it's not necessary a "hardware" question but, hardware-related news)
WOW... and I just bought my 8120 a couple weeks ago LOL. Anyway, not regretting my purchase for one bit... turns out Bulldozers are great WHEN you are using all cores (ie. Multiboxing 5-10 toons) and overclocking them (lots of headroom, I OCed to 4.1Ghz vs. stock 3.1Ghz AND undervolting by -0.025V) as long as you are using a good aftermarket HSF. (check some comments I posted on the other thread).
Amazon price check 8150 still a bit high, however the 8120 should OC just as well:
Pair it up with a good Motherboard and this cooler:
Last edited by lonerider : 04-27-2012 at 01:34 PM
Formerly Known As Fenril
I would have gone Intel too if I wasn't such a cheapskate and my curiosity as to how the 8-core bulldozers perform with fully utilized cores in a multiboxing environment made me cross the unknown bridge. The majority here (by a wide margin) are Sandy Bridge owners, so no one has really tried out the Bulldozer alternative... and I volunteered myself in. To my pleasant surprise... it all worked out. I'm still in the middle of tweaking my rig, I'm sure I can squeeze another 100Mhz in while still slightly undervolted from stock given that I now have a monster of an HSF.
I'm sure the SB-i7 would still outperform (by a considerable gap) AMD's flagship CPU clock for clock, even if BD has more physical cores. But would it be worth around $100 more (CPU+Motherboard) for a multiboxer's rig now that the 8150 has dropped in price (even $150 for the 8120)?
Last edited by lonerider : 04-27-2012 at 04:30 PM
I certainly hope this puts additional pressure on Intel to get faster/cheaper.
For anyone who is building/upgrading a new multiboxing rig: If you could save $150 for buying an FX-8120 over an i7-2600K (with a motherboard combo), you could spend that savings on a decent video card. For example, for $50 more, you could get this (which should support 3 displays):
(you'll have to get a miniDP-DVI or HDMI adapter which should be under $20 for your 3rd LCD screen)
$150 goes a long way.
Last edited by lonerider : 04-27-2012 at 05:15 PM
I doubt Intel would be dropping their pricing in the near future. With all the bad reviews/press that Bulldozer received since release, Intel doesn't see AMD's current lineup as a threat (even if AMD dropped pricing a little bit). They just see it as a logical move for AMD in anticipation for IvyB's release. There are indepth reviews out there that explore Bulldozer's main strength, which is crunching heavily threaded apps & multitasking (Multiboxing happens to be heavy multitasking). Just not a lot of people are interested in that aspect of CPUs (however).
Originally Posted by Ughmahedhurtz
Last edited by lonerider : 04-27-2012 at 06:22 PM
Huge price drop on the FX-8150 CPU now that Ivy Bridge is out:
Very good performance/performance review for the i5-IB:
It's approx $25 more than the FX-8150... http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-357...5913237&sr=1-1
Pairing up with a motherboard also affects overall upgrade/build price.