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Poll Results: i7 980 vs i7 2600k for Gaming

 
  • 12% (18)
    i7 980
  • 87% (121)
    i7 2600k
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post #51 of 71
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Originally Posted by adzsask View Post
If I were in your position (I am same i7/mobo),I myself would go with an i7 970, sure it is pricey but so is a new motherboard/processor.
I've been keeping my eyes out for one on sale used but I don't think I'm going to buy one new unless it is on clearance or something. Vendors seem to keep Intel chips at normal prices long after they are obsolete.
    
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post #52 of 71
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Originally Posted by mongoloid View Post
4.8 - 5.0 stable 2600k with HT off = 2500k. Any 2600k owners out there running that speed with HT on please chime in.
I run all my 2600k @ 5.0ghz with HT on, rendering for hours on end.

You will NEVER, EVER, EVER beat the 2600k for price + performance. The money you save can be much better spent on other hardware...hell, you can get an entire 580GTX with the money you save on the 980/990.

I did endless research in terms of what systems I would build to create a home rendering solution for my work (was looking at 970s though, not even 980s which are twice the price). For the price of a 980/990 rig, I could build 1.5 or 2 Sandy Bridge rigs. The SB chips might be only 10-20% slower in applications that use all cores/threads once you factor in OCing.

SB @ 5.0ghz requires similar cooling to a 980 @ 4.2ghz. Once you compare the OC'd chips, the speed difference is minimal at best...for a third the price.
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post #53 of 71
For gaming, 2500K FTW Use the money you save on a better GPU or a SSD
    
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post #54 of 71
The I7 980 is not meant for gaming at that price point. Sure it's got a huge cache, 6 cores etc but it's not a lot faster compared to the I7 2600K. In apps that don't use more than 2 cores the 2600K will come out ahead.
post #55 of 71
people seems to think that the only difference between i5 and i7 is Hyper Threading.
in the case of the i5 2500K and the i7 2600K, the differences are Hyper Threading, 0.1 GHz higher default frequency and max turbo boost and 2 MB more L3 cache for the i7 2600K.

besides, looking at charts, i've seen i7 2600K overclock slightly better than i5 2500K on average. it is still loads cheaper than the 980X
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post #56 of 71
If you have a water set up and only wanted an O.C of 4.8-5 then just go for the 2600k. (you could do this on a good air cooler) But I say save the $100 get the 2500k and without the H/T & on water, you could really overclock the chip to extreme 5.1+
post #57 of 71
Seriously? Even a 2500k is better than the 980 for gaming for the most part
post #58 of 71
"third option in poll"

2500k.
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post #59 of 71
When you're thinking multicard setups and futureproofing with absolute disregard for your wallet, I'd say 980x.
For any sane person, a 2500k is just fine.
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post #60 of 71
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Originally Posted by Mookster View Post
...with absolute disregard for your wallet, I'd say 980x.
I agree with this 100%
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