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Old July 5, 2010, 10:47 AM
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hello HWC,

I was just wondering if there is a noticeable difference between these 2 chips. The reason i ask is because I am building a new system and was all set to go with i7 930, but then i found a local shop that has the i7 920 for a great deal. So before i go and blow 300 bucks i was just wondering if i am going to notice a big difference?

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EDIT: The only thing i have found between the 2 is

- One additional multiplier added
- Higher stock frequency
- More OC room(???maybe and it won't be significant even if it is the case)

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Old July 5, 2010, 11:16 AM
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hello HWC,

I was just wondering if there is a noticeable difference between these 2 chips. The reason i ask is because I am building a new system and was all set to go with i7 930, but then i found a local shop that has the i7 920 for a great deal. So before i go and blow 300 bucks i was just wondering if i am going to notice a big difference?

Thanks
Scott

EDIT: The only thing i have found between the 2 is

- One additional multiplier added
- Higher stock frequency
- More OC room(???maybe and it won't be significant even if it is the case)
If you plan to overclock anyways, I don't think you would see any difference between the two. Grab the cheaper one, and spend the difference on a good cooler.
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Old July 5, 2010, 11:23 AM
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excellent, thats what I figured. Just wanted to hear someone else say it :P
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Old July 5, 2010, 11:26 AM
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Which stepping is the 920? This is important because of the overclockability of different chips. The DO (SLBEJ) does better than than the CO (SLBCH)
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Old July 5, 2010, 11:30 AM
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I am going into check that out today. The website doesn't state that. Hopefully D0

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Which stepping is the 920? This is important because of the overclockability of different chips. The DO (SLBEJ) does better than than the CO (SLBCH)
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The i7 930 is a fail it cant oc any better than a i7 920 D0 and most of the time its worse.

Grab the i7 920 and dont look back or wait for the i7 940 or i7 950.
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I am going into check that out today. The website doesn't state that. Hopefully D0
As far as I know, the C0 chips have been out of production for at least a year, so unless it's used or some really really old stock, it's extremely likely to be a D0.

As far as your original question, at stock there will be no noticeable difference and overclocking, probably not either unless you were to get really lucky with the I7 930 batch.
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I'm not sure if you can wait till the end of August but the I7 950 is supposedly getting cut down to $294 US.
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Figured i'd post here instead of making a new thread.

Tomorrow i'm going to my local computer store to purchase my new build, I was originally planning on going with a i7 920 but this is the only part the store doesn't have in stock locally, although they can ship one from a different part of Canada - but I really do not wish to wait.

I'm willing to spend a couple bucks extra for a 930 - but I DO plan to OC this. Are the 930's "that" much worse at OCing? I'm getting a generic sythe mugen (rev2) cooler for now. In a few weeks I will be purchasing the components for a watercooling system though.

Should I just jump aboard with the 930? Or is the 920 drastically better that its worth the wait?
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From what I have read the 930 is generally better at overclocking. YMMV.
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