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my paychck has come in and im finally going to finish my build...

 

but the i7 950 is on sale at ariaand now only costs £3 more than the i7 930 that i had origionally spec'ed so is it worth it or should i just stick with the 930...

 

many thanks

 

 

cant wait to get spending!

 

 

links:

i7-950

i7-930

Edited by aaportnell

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Its a higher binned chip, so in theory it should reach the same clocks with less voltage and less heat, and the 23 muti you will stress your motherboard less for the same clocks .i just sold my i7 930 and should have my 950 on friday, so ill let you know. :cheers:

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It's definitely an advantage if you're going with a water-cooling set-up. I have both the i7 950 and i7 930. The i7 930 uses my Noctua NH-D14 @ 1.35v to hit 3.885GHz at 185 BCLK and x21 multi. Max temp on Prime95 is 75C, but 24/7 real world apps it gets only up to 69C. I could probably go higher, but I prefer lower temps.

 

The i7 950 uses water-cooling, and at 1.35v I would hit 4.255GHz at 185 BCLK and x23 multi. I'm sure that can be hit on air with temps I'm okay with. To hit 4.36GHz, I just need to bump the voltage to 1.3875 to get a 190 BCLK, but on my watecooling set-up, I hit a max temp of 77C on Prime95, but 24/7 real world apps it only gets up to 71C. I got it up to 4.715GHz into windows, but didn't stress test it. My idle temps were in the 50/60's with watercooling.

 

Although the i7 930 can get up to a x22 multi, and the i7 950 a x24, overclocking at high frequencies with even numbered multi's isn't stable.

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I agree with everyone here. For the small difference in price, you get a lot more flexibility with the i7 950.

 

I hear a lot of people say that the i7s don't like even multipliers but I guess I'm in the minority. All three of the 920's I've played with ran high blck's (up to 215) fine with a x20 multiplier.

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I agree with everyone here. For the small difference in price, you get a lot more flexibility with the i7 950.

 

I hear a lot of people say that the i7s don't like even multipliers but I guess I'm in the minority. All three of the 920's I've played with ran high blck's (up to 215) fine with a x20 multiplier.

I think I've used x20 multipliers and overclocked fine. x22 and x24 = no luck.

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