I was kinda bummed by the lack of HyperThreading for Core i5, but after reading these reviews, it’s not enough of a deterrent to warrant the price difference. What would I do with 8 threads?
Take a look at this:
|Processor||Clock Speed||Cores / Threads||Single Core Max Turbo Boost||Socket||TDP||Associated Chipset||Price (USD)|
|Core i7-860||2.80 GHz||4 / 8||3.46 GHz||LGA-1156||95W||Intel P55||$284|
|Core i5-750||2.66 GHz||4 / 4||3.2 GHz||LGA-1156||95W||Intel P55||$196|
That $88 price difference enables 4 virtual threads, additional overclocking headroom and higher stock clockspeed. Do I want it? I wouldn’t mind it, but I like the idea of on-die PCI-E controller on the Core i5 and the attractive price tag of just under $200 USD.
These new processors are making my wait for a new computer a little tougher. However, I think I can hold out until the new video cards are unveiled in the coming months. That way it could be a completely new PC from top to bottom.