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User Info: SilentCaay

5 months ago#21
Still rocking an i5-2500k @ 4.5 GHz. Runs great, even playing VR games. CPU improvements have slowed down a lot over the years.
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User Info: Kokuei05

5 months ago#22
I used my Xeon x3220(Q6600) until 2016. The reason I upgraded wasn't even for games, I upgraded so I could use VMware more comfortably. I was playing games just fine before and would be playing just fine now.
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User Info: Tekken9292

5 months ago#23
Hardware doesn't grow as fast as it used to, though.
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User Info: silver knux

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5 months ago#24
I'm still using a stock-clock i7-950. Maybe I'll get around to overclocking it this year though.

User Info: Marikhen

5 months ago#25
Ciera posted...
terrible comparison. there's a near 10x performance increase going from the pentium 3 to the Q6600. meanwhile you'd be hardpressed to find even a 2x increase in practical workloads going from a i7 2600k overclocked to a current processor like the 8700k (even with the extra cores and threads).

I dunno about that. Getting the reader to compare and contrast two different periods of time doesn't strike me as being a bad analogy. Frankly, in a way it makes sense to do so if you're criticizing software development, hardware development, and market competition as Intel had more competitors in 2000 than they do now, OSes and supportive software developers weren't quite so locked-in-stone as they are now with little hope of breaking out of the x86 mold, and, yes, hardware manufacturers weren't running up against the physical limitations of the material and tools they have to work with as they are today.

Frankly it rather highlights how evolutionary software and hardware has been for the last decade and how little revolution there's actually been. It also underscores how little difference we're likely to see over the next decade if hardware and software development continues to be iterative/evolutionary without biting the bullet, saying "sorry" to backwards compatibility and old customer basis, and creating something new to take advantage of everything we've learned in the last 20 years.

Dunno whether or not it was the OP's intent, but this does spark up some interesting thoughts. Hell, just consider the software version of that comparison such as using MS-DOS 6.0 in the mid-2000s or Windows 95 in the late 2000s as opposed to still using Windows 7 in 2-4 years or even using Windows XP now.

I mean going from DOS to Windows 95/98 was pretty revolutionary for all that Windows 95/98 was a glorified DOS GUI in many regards, and going from the old DOS-based stuff to the NT-derived XP as a consumer/gaming OS was a real changer. At the same time Windows 8 and 10 haven't made the same sort of leap over preceding OSes that 7 made over XP, XP made over 98, and 98 made over DOS.

Just some thoughts. /shrugs.
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User Info: Ciera

5 months ago#26
he wasn't comparing two different periods of time he was comparing two different pieces of hardware. the implication was that you wouldn't be using a pentium 3 in 2007, so why use a 2600k now. obviously the answer to that is as i (and others) plainly pointed out is the jump in performance between 2000 and 2007 and 2011 and now. progresses in performance have ground to a halt since then. explanation for the change in rate of progress, as you discussed (i.e. competition) is a completely *different* topic.
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5 months ago#27
SnakePlisken94 posted...
My 3930k still runs every game just fine at 60fps.
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User Info: CriticalFury

5 months ago#28
I'm still rocking my 2600k just fine from 2011 with a slight oc at 4.2. The only thing i've change over the years was the graphics card from an hd 6970 to an rx480 8gb. It's kinda expensive to upgrade anyway at the moment. The games i usually play don't require too much of my system and still run them fine at 60fps.
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User Info: Solid Sonic

Solid Sonic
5 months ago#29
My secondary gaming PC is an Ivy Bridge series CPU but that's the closest I ever had to a Sandy Bridge.

My main gaming PC went from a Lynnfield to a Haswell.
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User Info: Otimus

5 months ago#30
It's insane, and kind of depressing, but also kind of amazing, that Sandy Bridge is still totally relevant today.

I went from a 2500K to a 7700K last year, but only because my PC was having problems. If that weren't the case, I'd still be using it and if I'm being honest, in most of my use cases, I've barely noticed the difference.

Things are going to really need to shoot higher in the CPU and GPU space. Especially in the $200-300 range, for the both of them.
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