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Old 02 February 2012   #1
A new intel system... thinking

Hi guys. So I consider to upgrade my system, not in hurry, but considering it for rendering.
Right now the main candidate is Intel Core i7-3930K, as it seems to have the best money to power ratio. But will Intel release new processors this Spring, which may be worth of waiting?

Another interesting question is the amount of RAM. Right now it's possible to buy 32 GB of ram for 250$, which is good! I don't think I will take less, but I just wondering, how much data you need to load at least 32 GB, it's really not easy. But also buying less seems not logical, as the limit of 16 GB is reachable. You can get even 64 GB for 500$, as motherboards have 8 slots now. Seems like an overkill today, and yet I guess the system will outdate fast and we wll have the needs for that much and even more RAM.
 
Old 02 February 2012   #2
Originally Posted by mister3d: ...considering it for rendering...main candidate is Intel Core i7-3930K...will Intel release new processors this Spring, which may be worth of waiting?
Intel is releasing the Sandy Bridge Xeon chips which will let you have multiple sockets so unless you plan on purchasing a dual + socket setup then the SB 3930K is generally speaking the same compute power as a single Xeon of similar core/speed. Ivy bridge is the next "jump" forward from a single chip standpoint but according to Intel roadmaps will not hit until Fallish.

Originally Posted by mister3d: Another interesting question is the amount of RAM. Right now it's possible to buy 32 GB of ram for 250$, which is good! I don't think I will take less, but I just wondering, how much data you need to load at least 32 GB, it's really not easy. But also buying less seems not logical, as the limit of 16 GB is reachable. You can get even 64 GB for 500$, as motherboards have 8 slots now. Seems like an overkill today, and yet I guess the system will outdate fast and we wll have the needs for that much and even more RAM.
I just read an article indicating that RAM prices might soon be going up but that may just be a marketing ploy.
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Old 02 February 2012   #3
Thank you. Ok, I will keep that in mind. Maybe I'll wait until fall, it's interesting what ivy bridge brings.
 
Old 02 February 2012   #4
You choice is OK, and yes go for 32 GB for a desktop system. The ivy bridge cpu is interesting in that it supports DirectX11 and OpenCL so it "could" mean a little extra GPU computing power if you have apps that support it (Vray RT etc...) Of course nobody knows if it would be worth the wait.
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Old 02 February 2012   #5
Originally Posted by mustique: You choice is OK, and yes go for 32 GB for a desktop system. The ivy bridge cpu is interesting in that it supports DirectX11 and OpenCL so it "could" mean a little extra GPU computing power if you have apps that support it (Vray RT etc...) Of course nobody knows if it would be worth the wait.

Thanks man.

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Old 02 February 2012   #6
What is your old comp?
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Old 02 February 2012   #7
Originally Posted by earwax69: What is your old comp?

Quad 6600, 8 gigs of ram.
 
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