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JohnEBH September 29, 2012 08:21 PM

CPU Advice
 
I'm currently running on my Core i7 920 D0 Stepping @ 3.2Ghz & Asus P6T Deluxe V2.
Should I be looking to upgrade it to 6 Core 970 or better?
or
Should I be making the switch to Sandy/Ivy Bridge?
Benefits/Drawbacks would be appreciated!

frontier204 September 29, 2012 08:42 PM

An OC'd Nehalem is still a strong processor, although Sandy/Ivy give better performance per watt.

We'll need to know what you want to do with your CPU before answering that. If your purpose is gaming,
then which games you play and what GPU you use will be important as well.

GT7R September 30, 2012 11:27 AM

If you can get a good price on the 970 then go for it, I would. Then upgrade when Haswell, because 1155 is edging towards it's EOL.

supaflyx3 September 30, 2012 12:15 PM

I would say try pushing the CPU to 4Ghz and see if you're satisfied. But if you do a lot of media work an upgrade to a 970 would be a good idea.

dandelioneater September 30, 2012 12:22 PM

A 4.0 GHz i7 is still a potent chip for games and most anything else. A 970 would only be worthwhile if you do encoding or run applications that can utilize the additional 4 threads.

486 October 1, 2012 06:38 AM

No need. Wait for Haswell.

Bond007 October 1, 2012 11:44 AM

I would say OC and wait for a platform upgrade.

enaberif October 1, 2012 12:20 PM

just be warned overclocking that cpu is going to dump a lot of heat and require a good cooler.

NyteOwl October 1, 2012 01:15 PM

Lots of mileage still left in that processor unless you actually need the extra cores/threads for a special purpose.

MARSTG October 8, 2012 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dandelioneater (Post 658805)
A 970 would only be worthwhile if you do encoding or run applications that can utilize the additional 4 threads.

like video processing or Folding@home


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