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i7 920 Do to an i7 960. Is it worth it?

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Hay guys. Wassup? I'm planning on running a tri-sli set up with three 580's. Right now, I have an i7 920 oc'd to 3.3ghz. I'm wondering if upgrading to a 960 is worth it? Will 3 580's bottleneck at all with my current cpu setup?
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920 to 960? Nope.
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Why would do that?

They end up overclocking the same, give or take a couple hundred mhz. Certainly not worth the upgrade.

Keep that i7 920 above 3.5ghz and it will feed the 3 GPUs nicely.
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If you can buy a 960 for pretty cheap and resale your 920, why not?

2.6 to 3.2 + your overclock. You should get 4.5+ghz on the 960 where as you might get 4.0ghz on the 920 (that's without pushing either chip to the max)
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Balsagna;13861579 
If you can buy a 960 for pretty cheap and resale your 920, why not?

2.6 to 3.2 + your overclock. You should get 4.5+ghz on the 960 where as you might get 4.0ghz on the 920 (that's without pushing either chip to the max)

I doubt that, the 960 and 920 are the same chip. I doubt any 960 will do 4.5GHZ+ with a significantly lower Vcore then it would take a 920 to hit the same clocks. The 960 is the same old 45nm chip. Even the 975 extremes don't hit upwards of 4.5 without needing a significantly more amount of vcore.
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post #6 of 13
clock for clock performance is the same.If you can get you 920 a bit higher of an overclock it will be just fine.Stick with the 920.
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if i ever change my 920 it will be for a 6 core i7.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by -javier-;13861712 
if i ever change my 920 it will be for a 6 core i7.

Yeah 920 to 960 probably isn't worth it.

OP Only real upgrade from a 920 would be a 970 (or 980x if you've got money to burn)

Your probably best off waiting for Sandy bridge-e series
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom1121;13861646 
I doubt that, the 960 and 920 are the same chip. I doubt any 960 will do 4.5GHZ+ with a significantly lower Vcore then it would take a 920 to hit the same clocks. The 960 is the same old 45nm chip. Even the 975 extremes don't hit upwards of 4.5 without needing a significantly more amount of vcore.

It will make it easier on the 960 vs the 920, that is all. And, if you were to resale your i7 920 chip for say, $150

and buy Darwains 960's for $200..... You're not spending much for more potential

Course they are the same chip, clocked higher. My 920 usually hits 4.0ghz pretty easy but then I have to start pumping it. My old roomie's 960 easily got 4.35 before he needed to make about the same amount of changes as I had to
     
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+1 for 970 , if you're gonna change , go to the 6-cores .
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