Am I getting old or is the i7 920 just that good?
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December 18, 2012, 06:37 AM
Join Date: Sep 2012
it's hard to notice a difference between a 920 and a 3930K (or Xeon Equivalent) on CPU intensive tasks.
on combined CPU/GPU intensive tasks (e.g. scrubbing playhead in animation program like 3D Max), the new GPU's do combine with the CPU to give a better ... well it's just better.
anyway, yeah, the 920 is GREAT ! - except maybe for power consumption.
80 watt E5645 Xeon (6 core with HT) keeps up with 125 watt (or is it 150 ?) 920.
whether that is relevant depends on the season, what kind of heat you have in your office/ house, how much you pay, whether you're "off-grid" (100% solar or steam-powered), etc.
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