They are not coming out in a few weeks consumer side, you can't buy anything for them right now, and the earliest we could maybe see them is in late January. Knowing the hype for it them, if it launches then, it'll be another month after that before you can even get your hands on one because of the mass demand there'll be.
Zen is likely coming January. AM4 CPU's are coming earlier. Athlon X4 950 is interesting part.
The current socket 1151 boards (the one that the i5 he has listed fits in) to support the new upcoming 7th gen series from Intel. ASUS has already released a BIOS update for every board they have to support the new CPUs.
New CPUs are still only quad core. Switching from quad core to quad core hardly makes sense even there are many generations difference. One generation difference = now worth it.
No one really knows how well the new AM4 processors will or won't do in gaming, and I sure would not expect them to be available 'in weeks'. (I sure would not blow $100 now on something that is outperformed by an i3)
I would, however, pay $12 more for a 6500K even if it could not be overclocked, as the 400 more MHz or so is worth $12.....
We do know very well what AMD X4 950 is. And I really except them to be available in weeks or so. Zen is not that soon available but that's why I talked about upgrade. For upgrading, AM4 is top choice. In fact, it's only choice that is worth right now or near future.
Dude. Just stop. It was you that was telling a poster to go for a 6850k when he didn't need to for gaming purposes. Performance difference is marginal with gaming but you get an I7 for rendering or streaming and you also get (yes marginal) gaming performance upgrade but overall it's a nice upgrade path.Your contention was that he had no upgrade path period. You were wrong. It's like saying someone that runs a FX 6100 on an AMD 990fx motherboard has no business upgrading to a FX 8350 when in fact it's an upgrade.
And? About two years ago overclocked Pentium G3258 was "best" gaming CPU. No long after that many games started to demand at least 4 threads. Those games won't even start with dual core CPU. Now i3 is enough for games, but how long? How about quad core? Hexa core CPU is enough for gaming for many years. Quad core is not. So would you rather spend money for CPU hat lasts at least 5 years or GPU that gets old next year? General rule still applies: if there is no big price or clock speed difference and CPU architecture is almost same, pick CPU with most cores. That rule has applied since first dual core CPU's arrived. It still applies if you ask me.
While going from FX-6300 to FX-8350 is somewhat upgrade, it only makes sense because FX-8350 is very cheap CPU. Now let's see that "upgrade":
Straight to i7-6700K: total cost $330
From i5-6500 to i7-6700K: cost $200 - price you get from selling 6500 + price of i7-6700K
For that upgrade to make sense, i7-6700K should cost at most around $100. Prepare to wait at least 4 years for that to happen. So that's not an upgrade, it's money wasting. so if someone wants i7, better to buy it immediately or go with very cheap CPU first.
CPU is pretty much dead end for upgrading. If you want platform for upgrade, grab AM4 motherboard. Availability should be within few weeks.
Right. AM4 platform is only good choice for upgrading (counting out high end platforms).
For the record, still no AM4 mainboards or processors of any type on Newegg....
That's why I said availability will be in the future.
Edited by Drillingmachine, 12 October 2016 - 04:28 AM.