Sandy Bridge or Sager NP8690

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  1. CompNub

    CompNub Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey guys

    I need a little bit of advice. I am wondering if it would be wiser to wait for Sandy bridge ( And the next GPUs) or pull the trigger and get myself the Sager NP8690 right now with the i7 740. The pros and cons would be appreciated. I don't need a laptop NOW, but it would be preferable since my computer is almost 6 years old.

    Thank you
     
  2. JohnnyFlash

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    You're looking at close to a year before you're going to be able to purchase and take home a Huron platform notebook. If you can wait a year, and the machine you have can do everything you want it to do, then wait. There will always be something better coming out next year, just buy when you need a new machine, or you'll be waiting forever.
     
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    Well, I can wait until around February. You sure sandy bridge won't be released before Q3 2011? I heard they were released around Q1 2011.And I'd like to be traveling around too (weight is not an issue) so sandy bridge is something I'm looking forward too.
     
  4. JohnnyFlash

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    It'll be "released" probably at the end of Q1, but add at least a month before the first laptops are actually in stock for retailers, and a couple more before there's a wider selection of laptops and options to choose from. Then the GPU's are going to be out after that, so do you buy Huron then and try to upgrade, or do you wait who know how much longer for the GPU's? Add that this the extra cost of being an early adopter. You won't have any information on issues models have, or solutions and units are going to be more expensive because they're new.

    Also Intel has complete control of the mobile market right now, so they're in no rush to release anything new, when the old is still selling so well.
     
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    Actually, a Google search on Sandy Bridge has the most recent articles predicting an earlier than anticipated launch of Sandy Bridge. We might even see laptops before the year is over.

    Intel to Ramp up Sandy Bridge Faster Than Expected - PCWorld
    AppleInsider | Apple may get Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs sooner than expected
    Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs to arrive ahead of schedule, could be with us this year -- Engadget

    Intel is actually spending more money on factory equipment to reach volume shipment capacity sooner. Heck, the CEO himself has said that he's never been as excited in one of his company's products in recent memory as he is for Sandy Bridge. And both of those are due in part to computer manufacturers giving Intel positive feedback on the Sandy Bridge samples they've been given.

    However, the question on whether to wait is really subjective and personal.

    I asked my sister whether she'd like to wait to get a new computer at the start of next year when there would be a significant upgrade (Sandy Bridge), or would she rather get the computer half a year earlier. She chose the latter because once she graduates she'll have less time to play games on her Sager so the ability to enjoy her computer a significant six months earlier meant much more to her than having a faster computer six months later. That and her computer was really struggling to keep up with the times like yours is, CompNub.

    I've read up on Sandy Bridge as much as I could and it really boils down to the extra cache, AVX instructions and lower power consumption for at least, the two core version, IMO. The AVX instructions won't matter until a few years later when software takes advantage of it. But I'm really struggling to estimate how big a jump with regards to speed we'll see off the bat with Sandy Bridge over Arrandale/Clarkdale.
     
  6. Shane@DARK.

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    I've got the same thoughts; I don't think we're going to end up seeing any sort of massive increase in speed with Sandy Bridge.
     
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    I'd have to agree. Could be why they didn't bother with the 32nm refresh for the quads.
     
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    How do you figure? Do you think the performance advantage of 32nm quads would have made Sandy Bridge's performance offerings look meager?
     
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    Exactly. Sandy will more of a clock speed and heat advantage than if they had put out 32nm for the current quads.
     
  10. lootbag

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    In the end, I say buy if you need.
    If you don't, then wait it out.

    I bought my D900F and UL30VT knowing that there was new revisions on the way but decided not to wait cause I needed them right away.

    My 2 cents!
     
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