New Intel “Sandy Bridge” Processors Debut

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intel_logo.pngNew year, new Intel processors.

Intel’s new set of Core processors are out and they’re mighty impressive. With regards to the architecture, they’ve seen the biggest overhaul since the Core processors initial debut back in 2006.

According to AnandTech, these processors offer “anywhere from 10-50% more performance in existing applications and games from Sandy Bridge”. While a very nice claim, it isn’t necessarily well represented in their own game benchmarks. I’d head over to the Tech Report’s review for some game benchmarks that actually tell you what resolution the games are running at along with the games’ quality settings.

In the end, if your game is something like Metro 2033, you’re not going to see a bump in performance with these new processors; being GPU bound is a bit of a downer considering how cheap these new beastly processors are.

For ~$216, the Core i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz (w/ a max Turbo of 3.7 GHz) looks to be the new Core i5 760. It’s affordable, it features unlocked multiplier for overclocking (which is really important with this platform) and it also features the fastest on-die Intel HD Graphics processor.

Why would you care about the integrated video? Well all these processors features integrated graphics now. You’ll get it whether you want it or not. And maybe people should take notice of these new Intel HD Graphics processors because they enable impressive video transcoding feature known as Quick Sync.

So what do you need to get with this new platform? Everything.

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Overclocking My 2010 PC

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Update: Settled on 950 MHz for the GPU core and 1300 MHz for the memory. Let’s see how well it reacts in a game.

It hasn’t even been a week yet, but I’ve already decided to overclock my Radeon HD 5770 video card. Things have changed a bit since I last overclocked anything.

In my 2006 PC, I overclocked my Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13 GHz to a nice 3.2 GHz. That thing is still rocking at that speed thanks to rigorous Prime95 testing.

In 2010, however, I will not be overclocking my CPU. It already has a bit overclocking thanks to Intel’s Turbo Boost. But even though Turbo Boost isn’t as effective as good old fashion overclocking: what is the point when it comes to gaming? Most modern games are not at the mercy of the processor: it’s the video card which makes the tangible difference at regular gaming settings.

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