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Old January 31, 2011, 04:20 PM
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Performance wise the 2600k and 950 are pretty close with the 2600k ahead with better overclocking.

The actually difference is the 2600k has a faction of the heat output and consumes less power.
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Old February 3, 2011, 08:08 PM
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Keep your 1366 suff. 1155 is new and and no one has any boards any more. For the extra cost, for little gain.
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Old February 4, 2011, 08:57 AM
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I now have an i7 2600K @ 5.1 at home, and an i7 920 @ 4.0. My i7 920 is a C0, and going over 4.0 with stability was a real pain. Going to 5.1 with SB took me 10 minutes, and I had to change only 4 settings in my BIOS. :)

Now that my SB set-up is fully done, working, and rock-stable, I had some time to game yesterday.

In the same set-up (same SSD, RAMs, etc), my loading time between levels (teleporting) in Borderlands is 3-4X times faster at 5.1 (like 5-6 seconds compared to 0-1 sec). Sometimes I don't even have the time to see the splash screen! :) Starting the game, loading a save, and be ready to play is also 2-3X faster.

Darksiders is the same. Loading times are approximetely 1/3 of what they were.

In game, I agree that there is not much differences, since my fps were already crazy high in 98% of my games (Tri-Fire).

But! The BIG differences are with Photoshop CS5 and HD video editing. The i7 2600K is crazy fast. I save alot of times when editing hundreds of 24mb photos and gigantic HD video files.

To each is own.

And yes I will be first in line for the next socket/ Ivy Bridge in Q1 2012. :)
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Old February 7, 2011, 04:24 PM
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The SB 2500-2600k stuff is neat in some ways and it sure does OC. However, there have been lots of issues with them (many of those user error no doubt, but not all.....4 BIOS updates later) and after this recall, I took the opportunity to dump mine. I switched to the i7-950 with a Sabretooth X58 and there is no doubt in my mind.....the Sabretooth rocks. As was alluded to earlier in the thread, the 950 is in a different league all together.
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