Well for no apparent reason at all, I feel like building myself a new system sometime soon. I'm thinking of making the switch back to AMD (they treat me better than Intel), but if I build a system now I'll miss the switch to AM2 on May 23rd. So here are my questions... On the AMD side: 1) When will AMD make the switch to 65nm chips? 2) Will they offer performance benefits (new architecture?), or just lower temperatures and eventually higher clock speeds? On the Intel side: 1) Will Conroe use socket 775, or will Intel release a new socket for Conroe and its dual-core counterpart? 2) When will it be released? Also, which do you think will be more up to speed with all of the technologies that Vista is sporting? Thanks for whatever answers you can give me!
I also was thinking of waiting on my build, but I got too antsy and just went ahead and did it for now. I'm still considering building a Conroe pc next year though. Maybe an AM2 based rig, I'll just have to decide when they come out.
I doubt the Conroe will be socket 775. I have no facts to base this on, it just seems a natural progression for it to be something more advanced.
I imagine both cpu's are being designed with Vista in mind, so that should be a non factor.
Conroe is dual core, and may not even have a single core counterpart. Doesn't matter what socket it uses, either; you'll need a new chipset, I promise.
AM2 doesn't offer anything to make it a worthwhile upgrade: you buy a new CPU, mobo and memory and don't get much out of it for performace. Don't go that route until AMD launches K9.