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i7 970 or i7 2600k ?


i7 970 or i7 2600k setup?  

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Hi guys ,

 

Im going to be upgrading my rig soon and need your advice on the cpu that I should.

Should I go with the i7 970 or should I go for a full Sandy Bridge setup with a 2600k and mobo ?

Please help guys and remember to vote in the poll :)

 

Thanks

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The 970 would be faster for a few things (though overclocking on the 2600K might bridge that gap a bit), but overall I'd probably go for the 2600K as well.

It does mean a motherboard and RAM change as well though, as you said.

 

A "stick with what I have for now" option might have been a good idea too. :P

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You don't need to change your RAM, just your motherboard. If you're worried about your memory running at 1.65v, you can undervolt it to 1.5v no problem, but you may not be able to run at those speeds and timings.

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Ok I added a "stick with what I have now" option .

Its so confusing :

i7 2600k i7 970

32nm 32nm

4 cores 6 cores

8 threads 12 threads

Dual channel RAM Triple channel RAM

Less PCI-E bandwidth More PCI-E bandwidth

Can OC to about 4.5Ghz Can OC to about 4.2Ghz

 

:wacko::wacko::wacko:

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Stay with what you have.

But as to the question about 970 or 2600k, do you need more power or want more overclock-ability?

 

I actually want less power ... Power consumption that is :P My i7 920 is drawing over 400 watts !

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You don't need to change your RAM, just your motherboard.

 

True, it's not needed per se, but I assumed he wouldn't really want to ditch a stick and be running 4GB in dual channel.

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Another option would have been;

 

"Stick with socket 1366 until Bulldozer or Socket 2011 arrive" :)

 

Personally I don't see the change over from socket 1366 to P67 as much of an upgrade unless you're just looking for the clock speeds.

 

The 2600k is clearly a better performer clock for clock than the i7 920 - but you do give up some of the luxuries of the socket 1366 feature set (as you've already pointed out).

 

To me, the higher overclocking potential of the 2600k is nice, but not nice enough to give up two full x16 pcie lanes or go back to dual channel memory.

 

On the other hand there isn't any way that I could personally justify the cost of an i7 970 cpu.........................

 

Hence my thinking about waiting for bulldozer or socket 2011.

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Ah. Then get the 2600k, the 970 will use more than the 920.

 

What :O But the 2600k and 970 are both 32nm and consume less power , the 970 probably consume a little more because of the extra cores ,

The Antec psu calculator says the 230 watts for the 970 at 4.2 at 1.4v which I'll probably never get to and the 2600k around 170 watts so I'd be willing to sacrifice 50 watts for 2 cores.

But not 400 watts for the 920

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On the other hand there isn't any way that I could personally justify the cost of an i7 970 cpu.........................

 

I have a potential buyer of my i7 920 and the 970 is on special so I could get it at the cost of a GTX560 which my dad is prepared to get me :biggrin:

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