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Old February 17, 2011, 05:56 AM
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Default Upgrade i7 920 to i7 970?

I can't quite decide if it's a worth-while upgrade for $600...

It would basically max out the X58 platform I suppose, but should I just hold off until LGA2011? I'm assuming there will be 6/8 core options for it from the get-go as I'm obviously not going to buy another quad-core.

And if it matters, I run my i7 920 at 4.2GHz. I guess the main question is, would the i7 970 hold me over until the first wave of LGA2011 price drops?
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Old February 17, 2011, 07:01 AM
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I did what your thinking about and I have zero regret. But I also do production with my machine, so thats where I saw the benefit. But these 970 chips do kick ass, they clock insanely high and temps are pretty damn good with 32nm tech. Hell , I forgot to clear my cmos on my board when I plopped my 970 in it, and the damn thing booted and ran windows for a few seconds @ 4.8ghz .

This will tie me over until 2011 matures a bit and the 8 or 12 core chips come down a bit. But then, if intel is taking this bus tying concept to that platform as well I may just stick it out with my 1366 until AMD pulls up thier pants and puts out a chip with some oomph behind i.
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Old February 17, 2011, 07:04 AM
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Unless you are folding or performing processes that engage all of your cores you will see absolutely no benefit from switching to the 970. You could actually get one that overclocks less then your D0 or at least runs a lot hotter (needing more voltage). Other then that you should wait until lga2011 as i've said you'll see 0 benefit in games and standard tasks.
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no reason to spend the dough bro. even for folding,well itll make a difference sure but exciting things are coming, and for that
much cash by the end of the year better stuff will be out. well,cheaper.
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When you try to justify a purchase it's because you don't need it, now if your heart want it....

If only I can fallow the reason time to time
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Let me know if you find any numbers for OC'd i7 970 PPD numbers and power consumption.

The PPD my 2600K produces makes me want to move everything to SB, but I need to wait for new mobos before I can switch all of my Windows machines over :(
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Only worth it if you're going to use the horsepower frequently. For the overwhelming majority of people that just isn't the case. I'm gonna wager that if you needed the extra juice, you'd know it, and that you'll likely end up with buyer's remorse after you realize the real world performance gains are nil, unless you fold, encode video, compress and decompress, etc. 24/7.
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Yeah well I just have that upgrade itch y'know ;)

Probably best to wait it out though. I guess I'll just save up and do a full overhaul with LGA2011. CPU, motherboard, RAM, GPUs, and perhaps a new SSD.
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After seeing/feeling how Sandy Bridge performs it is hard to suggest purchasing an LGA1366 hexacore. Especially for a price that high.

And zoob, what team are you folding for?
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