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Old September 8, 2009, 02:26 AM
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I've been looking at motherboards for these processors, but a lot of the new P55 boards seem to lack a clear CMOS button on the back panel. It almost seemed standard on the X58 boards, but as far as I can see all of Gigabyte and MSI's P55 boards don't have it, and most (but not all) of ASUS's P755D line omits it as well.

Does this seem odd to anyone else, or am I overstating a minor issue?
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Old September 8, 2009, 06:11 AM
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Awesome review, MAC

The i7-860 looks like a winner!
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Old September 8, 2009, 06:17 AM
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Holy crap, better performance (at least in some areas), cheaper, and with lower power consumption and heat to boot. I knew I was being irrational when I got impatient and built my i7 setup this past weekend, didn't realize how completely foolish I would look, though.

Rough times ahead for AMD unless they have something up their sleeves, though. Assuming these kind of results carry on into the i3 lineup, they won't even be able to compete on price anymore.
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Old September 8, 2009, 06:42 AM
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Great review, Lynnfield look like a real winner, great performance, great power consumption and great price, but the dead end feel does give me a bit of doubt in this platform.
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Old September 8, 2009, 07:09 AM
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One thing I'm confused about in this review is the speeds of the processors.. for example, in the game reviews, are they all at stock frequency? It just lists their CPU name so I assume its all stock.

If so.. is it possible to get an apples-to-apples comparison of 1156 and 1366 side by side at say.. 3.0ghz DDR1600 and see how they differ, clock for clock?
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Old September 8, 2009, 09:04 AM
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Excellent review. For the most part I would say it is a winner with only one exception, the SLI/Crossfire at 8/8 may be a problem for a few users. For most users it is not an issue as they only run a single GPU, but enthusiast running multi-gpu systems may see some bottlenecking on the 8/8 bus.

I will not regret buying my new system (don't worry Kuddles, you are not alone) but the i5/P55 combo will be very hard on the AMD crowd! Looks like an upgrade may be in the wifes future though.
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NCIX has the 860 for $355. I wonder how much that will drop once competitors get it in stock.
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A lot hopefully.. I'm looking at the 860 mainly.. willing to bet anything that it overclocks just as much as the 870 but has HT unlike the 750
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All I can say is, these are PHAT. Literally. These chips should not justify changing from an X58 to a P55 chipset however.

Oh an x8 PCI-E is fine for today's GPUs. Perhaps the 4870X2 or GTX295 may have a few drops in FPS but overall there should be no problems. There's tons of rigs that have this setup.
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Old September 8, 2009, 09:56 AM
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Here is a review of Anandtech, it may clear up on the PCI-E bottleneck.

AnandTech: Intel's Core i7 870 & i5 750, Lynnfield: Harder, Better, Faster Stronger

It may still be fine now, but when the next gen graphic cards come out, the bottleneck will become a problem.
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