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Old October 5, 2017, 06:00 AM
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Intel's Coffee Lake is here....and with some surprising performance to boot. But can the new i7-8700K & i5-8400 processors weather the Ryzen onslaught?

Read more here: Intel Coffee Lake i7-8700K & i5-8400 Review

And for the record, I think these are the most compelling processors Intel has launched in the last 5 or so years. And the first person that says "wait for Ryzen+" gets one of these from me:
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Old October 5, 2017, 06:11 AM
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Intel's Coffee Lake is here....and with some surprising performance to boot. But can the new i7-8700K & i5-8400 processors weather the Ryzen onslaught?

Read more here: Intel Coffee Lake i7-8700K & i5-8400 Review

And for the record, I think these are the most compelling processors Intel has launched in the last 5 or so years. And the first person that says "wait for Ryzen+" gets one of these from me:
Wow! Reading with anticipation right now!
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Old October 5, 2017, 06:18 AM
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The speeds are certainly fast, but I still think I'm sitting this one out. My 4790k still feels plenty fast and I can't justify having to buy a MB, DDR4 and a CPU. At this rate I might wait until motherboards have the next wireless spec built in (AX I think), or see how the next die shrink turns out.

More than anything it's nice to see that you've got viable competition for intel at the moment.
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The speeds are certainly fast, but I still think I'm sitting this one out. My 4790k still feels plenty fast and I can't justify having to buy a MB, DDR4 and a CPU. At this rate I might wait until motherboards have the next wireless spec built in (AX I think), or see how the next die shrink turns out.

More than anything it's nice to see that you've got viable competition for intel at the moment.
DDR4 prices are punitive for sure. A lot of new hardware sales are postponed due to very high pricing of DDR4 DIMMs.
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With more and more Thunderbolt / USB 3.1 Gen2 devices being launched and M.2 SSDs becoming quite appealing at all price points, I think now is a good time to at least consider upgrading. OK, maybe not Haswell (that's borderline) but Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge? Yeah, I think its time.
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DDR4 prices are punitive for sure. A lot of new hardware sales are postponed due to very high pricing of DDR4 DIMMs.
While the DRAM market has indeed seen cyclical pricing, I don't see it dipping downwards all that much considering the current (and future) supply / demand structures. There's a good article about this here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...cal-chip-trade
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With more and more Thunderbolt / USB 3.1 Gen2 devices being launched and M.2 SSDs becoming quite appealing at all price points, I think now is a good time to at least consider upgrading. OK, maybe not Haswell (that's borderline) but Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge? Yeah, I think its time.
I think it depends on use. If you're mostly gaming, and on SATA SSDs, I think those platforms are still alright. Money's better served with a strong GPU.

Of course if you want an M2 drive or other features, they're a little longer in the tooth.

For me personally, the biggest difference I'm seeing is speed. If I was compiling code, or doing video editing, the upgrade would be worth it. Right now for gaming, office and browsing it's just not worthwhile, no matter how much I'm feeling the upgrade itch.

Though I could still probably get by on my old X58 space heater if I *had* to by that logic
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I went from SATA SSD 850 PRO to M2 SSD 950 PRO.
A bit faster, but occasionally fails to load windows on a cold boot. I strongly suspect it is NVMe support being a bit fresh. Most definitely not a deciding factor. 6 Intel cores at 230 CAD is the one, though.

Anyway, this was paper launch, no stock everywhere.
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Microcenter and CC just got stock, 1-2 per store though. Mikes, Newegg, NCIX, DC, BHPV, PCC are all empty, not even in warehouse. Select retailers limited availability, in market-speak.
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