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2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sat May 17, 2014 10:51 am

Thoughts on if I need to upgrade , running the Sandy at 4600 now.
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sat May 17, 2014 11:15 am

I have the same proc and I've been wondering the same thing. My sandy has been running reliably, cool, and surprisingly quiet at 4.7 for three years now, and that includes long hours of doing Premiere/After Effects renders with all eight threads pinned, and it's doing fine. If you look at the performance gains in the stock clocked Ivy and Haswell cpu's, and then factor in the more modest overclocking headroom on those chips, I can't really see the value in upgrading Sandy is there yet. Does anyone else have any direct experience with this?
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sat May 17, 2014 11:32 am

I think you have more then enough power for most things, so unless you really need a few more fps when u game or need to to shave more time rendering something where every second costs money, i'd wait if i were you.

I am running a i7-3770 (non K) with 16GB ram and a SSD and my system is always snappy, lighting fast, 4 cores, 8 threads.

However, if I was using it for photo/video rendering stuff, and it was a tool for work, then I may upgrade if it made me money by working faster.

That is when I would go to a 6 core / 12 thread system, 32GB /64GB of ram, and multiple SSDs in raid.

If I wanted to game better, and had the cash, then I'd probably upgrade my displays and video system.

What is your system used for on a regular basis?
Also, is it possible you have the "upgrade bug" like we get from time to time? :)
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sat May 17, 2014 11:41 am

Ive got the same proc, as well, and it can handle pretty much anything I throw at it at the moment. If you're jonesing to upgrade, I'd wait a little and get a Devil's Canyon CPU, one of the 9 Series mobos, and a really nice water cooler. That should put you ahead of the curve a bit. Unless you got a $1K to spend on an Ivy-bridge E, which would work, too. :wink:
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sat May 17, 2014 11:52 am

There is no way I'd spend money to upgrade an overclocked quad Sandy Bridge system right now. I don't think Broadwell is even going to change the game too much. The only thing your system is "missing" is Intel's native USB 3.0 controller, but even the third party controllers on those boards are fast enough for things like external hard drives.

I went from a Sandy Bridge i3 to a 3570K and OC'd the crap out of it. I'm at 4.5GHz, and believe me - the CPU isn't what slows down my system.
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sat May 17, 2014 12:32 pm

Quad-core Sandy is a god among megahurtz, an upgrade would bring nothing noticeable. If I was you--which running a 2500k I basically am--I wouldn't bother with upgrades until at least Skylake or K12, and only if it comes with meaningful new features like DDR4 and USB3.1.
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sat May 17, 2014 12:50 pm

tsoulier wrote: Do I need to upgrade my Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K (running at 4.6 GHz)?
In a word: No.

Intel hasn't offered much improvement in processor performance since Sandy Bridge was released on January 8, 2011. Performance has gone up only slightly and retail prices haven't come down (though they have made process improvements to significantly reduce their manufacturing costs).

If you're itching to upgrade something, start saving your pennies now for a nice IPS or *VA 3840x2160 DisplayPort 1.2a monitor and a 20nm GPU in early 2015.


P.S.: I paid $333 to buy a Core i7-2600K on launch day. What does a similar processor cost today?
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sat May 17, 2014 1:02 pm

Unless you could guarantee that a 6-core chip overclocks to at least 4.3GHz you would probably suffer a downgrade by trying to upgrade. For the majority of tasks, the speed of a single thread is key and the improvements from Ivy and Haswell have added maybe 6% on average (less for gaming, more for encoding/compute). Increasing the core count won't help in a huge number of progams, either because they flatline after two or three threads.

I swapped out a 2500K for a 3770 and my virtual machines run much better. Gaming seems less smooth, I guess that's what happens when you lose 1100MHz of clockspeed.

JustAnEngineer wrote:retail prices haven't come down (though they have made process improvements to significantly reduce their manufacturing costs)

I hadn't even considered this. We're blinded by the improved IGP which is worthless on a desktop and the power consumption reduction - also worthless alongside 200W graphics card(s).

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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sun May 18, 2014 6:18 am

thanks , I am good with the Sandy for now then , that is what I was thinking anyways.
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Sun May 18, 2014 8:24 am

I can hear your 2600k through the static of the Contact machine.......It is saying I'mm Good To GO!
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Wed May 21, 2014 9:58 am

2600k is still a beast at 4.6 GHz.

Just keep upgrading your GPU, the CPU won't hold you back for years to come.
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Wed May 21, 2014 12:05 pm

tsoulier wrote:Thoughts on if I need to upgrade , running the Sandy at 4600 now.

Of course you do... [/sarcasm]

Spend the money on graphics or an SSD or something, as the CPU isn't going to be slowing you down anywhere. I'm rocking dated hardware in that dept and still don't have any problems - I can play modern games at 1200p with high details ok.
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Wed May 21, 2014 8:49 pm

geekl33tgamer wrote: Spend the money on graphics or an SSD or something.
He's running a GeForce GTX780 and a Samsung 840 Pro. I am nearly certain that those will be adequate at least until the end of the year.
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Thu May 22, 2014 12:18 am

tsoulier wrote:Thoughts on if I need to upgrade , running the Sandy at 4600 now.


You don't need to upgrade.
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Re: 2600 K upgrade

Postposted on Thu May 22, 2014 6:51 am

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, a kick-ass sound system, 1440 or 1600p IPS screen, gaming mouse, mechanical keyboard or even a new desk/chair.

I just splurged on a pair of gas-lift floating VESA mounts for my desk. Cost more than a 780Ti but I already have great peripherals and a very high-spec machine in every regard. Totally worth it!
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