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i7 920 vs i7 860, which to get?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Flak, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Flak

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    I can get the i7 920 for $200 (@ Microcenter), I haven't looked hard but the i7 860 is around $290 (@ Newegg). I would have to get mobo and memory with both processors. In the end with what I currently have priced out for both the i7 920 setup would be about $40 cheaper with 6gb of ram compared to 4gb. I also plan on upgrading from my 512mb 4850 crossfire setup to a single 5850.

    My current main rig is a q9550 @ 3.7ghz with 8gb of ram. Spare is a q6600 @ 3.6ghz with 4gb of ram. I do encoding using handbrake to rip my retail dvd collection to my file server, but mostly game.
     
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    860 is $229 at microcenter.
     
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    My sources did not mention that, lol. So that makes the 860 setup a little cheaper then. I know I am going to upgrade/replace my main rig. Just having issues deciding i7 920 vs i7 860.
     
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    Performance wise, theres not a lot in it, I think overclocked the 920 might just edge it barely. Depends whether you want the added benefit of tri-channel ram or not otgher than that there is very little in it
     
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    Honestly, I guess it comes down to your budget and whatever you’re comfortable with spending. It’s been a while since I’ve had my 920 rig but this i7 860 rig doesn’t feel any different from what I remember and it was cheaper (since I built it this time around).

    Ultimately its your call.
     
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    If the price is that close, I would say to go ahead with the i7, the i9 Gulftown CPUs (6 cores, 12 threads) are going to be released for LGA1366, not LGA1156, making the X58 setup more future-proof. The X58 also gives the option to run multiple video cards at higher bandwidth.
     
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    From experiencing both platforms, the only way to get a " for sure " answer to which platform is better really depends on ONE thing. The dual card thing really should be layed to rest, we are talking less than a 5% difference in performance, if even that at all. From all these multi-gpu comparisons between 1366 and 1156 that I've seen, the difference is about 2-3fps.

    The deciding factor should be Gulftown. If you are actually going to spend $1k+ on a CPU, then go with 1366. If theres no way in hell you'd spend $1k+ on a CPU, then go with 1156. Gulftown is going to be stupid expensive.
     
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    There's 3 reasons I wouldn't upgrade from your current rig right now. First the life of the 1156/1366 platform seems iffy. Only a 6 core has been announced as being 1366 compatible, no 8 core, and none at all for 1156. Both platforms have features the other doesn't. They both seem incomplete, I highly suspect intel is going to combine their features into a new platform for their 8 core procs. The next reason is performance, clock for clock 920/860/q9550 perform the same in games. Lastly is the fact that when a real platform upgrade comes along DDR3 will be priced better.

    So you're only reason to spend an asinine amount of money is going to be a small application boost. I'd just go ahead and get the 5850 and then start saving now so you can buy a 8 core/16 thread platform, which should be something actually noticeable enough to warrant the price. Only thing that would make it ok to do it now would be if intel announced a 8 core that will work for 1366, or x58 specifically.
     
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    agree with lan. your pc is good enough, just get a single 5850... or 2 :)
     
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    There is an 8 core 16 thread intel CPU, its a Xeon code named Nehalem EX and its for servers. Intel has no plans to bring an 8 core CPU to the enthusiast market. 6 cores and 12 threads is overkill already for enthusiasts. As for i5 and i7's performing the same as a Q9550, I'm going to have to disagree with you. Look at any of the benchmarks and its clear i5 and i7are superior. Up the resolution, add a worthy card, and the Q9550 really starts to show its age.

    Check out my first post OP.
     
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    Don't forget this computer will most likely still work in 2-3 years. By then we would have probably reached ATI 8870 on 12nm with 8000 shaders. So even if now the difference is only 2-3 frames ,with the current speed of GPU technology and multi-monitor gaming/3d on the horizon, the difference will grow. Intel did their best confusing everyone with their naming scheme, but 1366 is more future-proof than 1156, especially for people that care.:rockout:
     
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    If you haven't got it yet go for the 920 over an 860. IMO 860 is faster, but 920 is better IMO. Even better yet save a bit more and get a 940 which is better than both.
     

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