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Old 08-09-2010, 04:52 PM   #31
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So from what I'm gathering is that the race for faster and more powerful hardware has finally slowed down?
It's been slowing down for a long time now - you may have seen enthusiasts rush out to buy quad cores yes, but the majority of people? Not really.

The race has actually flipped completely - Intel's atom motherboards are flying off the shelves. There's a couple of projects I'm thinking of where I'd use them and why not? You can pick up a motherboard with onboard graphics, sound and networking with a dual core atom processor that draws barely more than 30W under full load for around 60. That's pretty damn impressive, and no it's not going to rip through 1080p content or play the latest 3D games but for internet browsing, facebook, typing up a few letters, playing older games and so on it's fantastic. That's all most people need these days!

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Old 08-09-2010, 06:17 PM   #32
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I'll be looking at a new rig probably in the new year; my first powerfull gamer since '98 so i might go for it.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:05 PM   #33
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:06 AM   #34
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I'm actually considering one of those Atom setups for my pfsense box, berry. The system I have now is fine, but a P4 3.0 GHz with HT is really overpowering for a simple pfsense box.

For the folks who have an AM2+ system and want to jump to a hex core, keep in mind AMD isn't as limited to memory bandwidth like Intel CPUs seem to be. I'm seeing very little differences in hardware that use DDR2-800 / 1066 compared to DDR3-1066/1333.

I have a quad core, as you can see, and I have an i7-920 at work, and I'm hard pressed to find enough work for all 4 cores to do on my Phenom II, nevermind a work PC that does office tasks.

Quad is where the sweet spot is right now, but the hex cores are nice if you do a lot of rendering or photo manipulation work.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:22 PM   #35
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im still using a dual core processor Im currently looking in to buying a quad core processor upgrade for my system. A 6 core CPU is due in a few years time for me

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Old 08-16-2010, 10:53 PM   #36
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I haven't gotten past 2 cores yet. I almost upgraded my desktop with some insurance money I got from a dead system, but it didn't cover enough of the cost. My dead system (P4 2.8 GHz, 768MB ram) got replaced with an AMD 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM system and I used the insurance money to buy me an HTPC with an AMD dual core. Got a dual core in 3 computers and a single core in 1. I'll upgrade my desktop one of these days when I get some money again. It's going on 3 years since I built it.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:16 PM   #37
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6 cores... How much does an amd cpu like that cost?
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:21 PM   #38
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Or the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE.
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