No need to speculate.
Win 7 end of support date: 1/14/2020 (could conceivably be extended as happened with XP)
Olaf van der Spek wrote:
Mr Spocko wrote:
A better title would be why you should not bother buying a dual core processor, not delay it
What's wrong with dual core CPUs? For a lot of users they're just fine.
What's wrong is that Mr Spocko likes AMD. Considering what AMD calls a "core", a dual-core Bullsozer wouldn't be a very good CPU for instance. Thankfully AMD has not released such a chip (as far as I know).
There's nothing wrong with dual-core Sandy Bridges and there's no reason to delay a purchase unless you want to build an USFF PC and you're picky about the integrated graphics package. The G530 in particular was great value when it was released and still is.
Dual-core Ivy Bridges have been available for a while but they're not a very good buy. The most expensive dual-cores are questionable from a value perspective and that's not going to change.
I don't deny I like AMD but that is because I think they have some good bang per buck options. I also find it impossible on an ethical level to purchase Intel products (that is my own personal view but a valid one IMO)
Though I did accept a Core i3 Laptop as a gift from a relative so I'm not entirely raged with anger..but as for spending my own money on Intel no way never.
Back to the CPU line-up there is nothing wrong at all with dual cores. If folks re-read what I said it is that they will be limited only to the budget end (which is below £60 ish) I think this is the last time Intel will be able to drag the i3's out and try to get the bones of £100 for them. The trend is increasingly mult threaded software and workloads, so I think more cores are required in future even with a good solid chip design (which Intel have)
I have no idea what a one module/2 core/threaded FX processor would do..I would think you need more threads to get a decent performance out of it.
I'm simply saying in the i3 price range it's quite competitive esp for people doing heavier lifting threaded workloads (ie myself with video/photo work) why would I make life harder with a dual core processor? Regarding lightly threaded workloads I simply don't need better performance for i-tunes (which is sub optimal anyway in this day and age)
For budget stuff sure dual core is just dandy..but then you'll hardly want to spend that much on a budget processor anyway (as mentioned other alternatives that make more sense)