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486 November 20, 2008 07:47 PM

What is the point of getting very expensive ENTRY point hardware with all the drivers and bugs still to be fixed when you still have something which runs at least with the same speed if not more (2.83 or 3.0)? Bragging rights? I thought you should brag about the speed of your rig, not how many times you got BSOD on it, no?
I would wait till support for new hardware matures, prices drop, so, less headache and less dough? That just me... Old no-fun grumpy guy. And jealous :)

Lithotech November 21, 2008 10:23 AM

Yeah, exchange rate is killer right now, and getting worse. On top of that is duty, customs broker fee, shipping, and then tax. Still, sort of nice price for the americans. Not sure what their mobo/cpu/ram packages would be, but still.

Found a $10 lower price for our package, uses a Gigabyte mobo and includes an i7 920 -- at Anitec no less!

$689 + $100 for ram = $789

Anitec.ca - Gigabyte EX58-UD5 Motherboard + Intel Core i7 920 Processor

The board looks nice! More fan headers, but still shy of what you get with the Asus I think.

One problem I see is that lowest PCI-e slot will not fit a dual slot card because it is the last slot on the mobo and most cases will have no room for a dual slot vid card.

Otherwise, looks well layed out, and has 10x sata ports.

Link to board: GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Overview - GA-EX58-UD5 (rev. 1.0)

It's only $60 off regular price, so I think we should see much more savings in time.

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They also have a Rampage II package for $1200 with a i7 940 to boot! This is only $90 off regular price. But man, that RIIE is one nice board!

Anitec.ca - Asus Rampage II Extreme X58 Motherboard + Intel Core i7 940 Processor

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Lithotech November 21, 2008 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 486 (Post 115468)
What is the point of getting very expensive ENTRY point hardware with all the drivers and bugs still to be fixed when you still have something which runs at least with the same speed if not more (2.83 or 3.0)? Bragging rights? I thought you should brag about the speed of your rig, not how many times you got BSOD on it, no?
I would wait till support for new hardware matures, prices drop, so, less headache and less dough? That just me... Old no-fun grumpy guy. And jealous :)

The point for most, I am sure, is superior performance. Early benchmarks that I have seen of the i7-920 at 2.66GHz show CPU performance well above a 3.2-3.4GHz q9xxx series. Memory bandwidth is out of this world, as is latency. The triple channel memory is really pushing the numbers sky high -- which helps a lot in a quad core. Also, all four cores are on the same die, which helps effeciency enormously, as well as much better power savings control.

Bugs have yet to be identified, but point taken. So often, a serious bug can mean only a hardware update to fix. Nevertheless, BIOS updates should fix a lot of issues as things mature. I don't expect a lot of BSOD issues, but that has yet to be verified.

Reviews will be coming out by the dozens now that more X58 boards are available and the i7 is officially live. In the comming weeks, I am sure we will see what problems crop up.

Like you, I prefer to wait. But while we are waiting, it's fun to play price match and see just how low a cost we can get into this for.


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appplejack April 14, 2009 02:34 PM

I can't believe a DDR3 RAM costs nowadays.
Looking back about four months ago, it was way more expensive.

Lithotech April 28, 2009 10:49 AM

Going to do an update on this, after tomorrows sale comes out mebe.

Lithotech May 1, 2009 08:55 AM

Time for an update!

Review Previous:

First post, back in Nov 08, listed a price low of $932 to get into a Core i7 system with minimum requirements of:
CPU
Motherboard
3GB kit of triple channel ram
Within time the price had dropped to $799.


May 2009:

Following NCIX's weekly sale of April 29 - May 5, with only one pricematch for the CPU, I've come up with a new low of $618. I don't like the mobo though, so have optioned for the new Asus P6T SE at a total of $662. The SE does not have all solid caps, but going with the regular P6T will cost you only another $35 for a total of $697.


CPU $340 pricematch at TigerDirect:

Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8GTs QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading, Bloomfield, Retail, Proces in Canada at TigerDirect.ca


Ram $63 - $64

OCZ Gold Tri Channel 3GB PC12800 DDR3 Memory - 1600MHz, 3072MB (3 x 1024) OCZ3G1600LV3GK in Canada at TigerDirect.ca
or
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-3GBNQ 3GB DDR3 3X1GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada


Mobo $215, $259 or $294 respectively:

NCIX.com - Buy MSI X58 Pro X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard - X58 PRO In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P6T SE X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SATA2 Motherboard - P6T SE In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard - P6T In Canada.


Must be room for improvement, although for me this is a good time to jump in!

:punk:

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Squeetard May 1, 2009 09:27 AM

I got my EVGA x58, i7 920 and 6gb ddr3 1866mhz, for $837 total including taxes and shipping. Great deal on ncix in january.

3.0charlie May 1, 2009 02:33 PM

Bought a GA-EX58-DS4, 920 and Gskill 6gb for $830 yesterday.


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