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Upgrading from i7 950 to sandy bridge?

Poll Results: What would you do?

 
  • 4% (1)
    Upgrade to Rampage III Black Edition
  • 12% (3)
    Upgrade to Sandy Bridge
  • 83% (20)
    Don't upgrade and save money
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post #1 of 16
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Hi people I have recently thought about upgrading from my P6X58D-E to a Rampage III Black Edition and I'm quite liking the idea but there wouldn't be much of a performance increase for me other than the extra features and being able to spread out my 2 GTX 460's so they cool better in SLI.

However due to the timing and the fact the i7 1st gen (even though great) is at the end of its life cycle I’m thinking it maybe a waste of money doing that and I’m looking at Sandy Bridge. Now I have to admit (and this is the reason for this thread) I don’t know much about Sandy Bridge. I’m aware that it’s intel’s new tech that incorporates a GPU into the CPU to lower the demand to the GPU but other than that I haven’t really been keeping up to date on the performance stats and pros/cons of Sandy Bridge. I am aware of the SATA problem on pre B3 boards and will be looking for a working board

So my main question is what should I do? Should I get the rampage for about £250-£350 pounds (some sites have good deals but I don’t know whether to trust them & the price may go up by the time I order) or do I upgrade Mobo, CPU, RAM for £550+ and sell the old components? To try and make a little bit of that back.

One more thing that through me when I first started looking at Sandy Bridge is the different chipsets (H61, P67, H67, C206 and Z68) could someone explain the differences, I like the Asus P8Z68 Deluxe and I think it has some good features (including *reads from site “LucidLogix Virtu†).

So (this is me purely guessing) the P67 was the high end chipset to go with and now the Z68 is the new kid on town that truly unlocks the GPU side of Sandy Bridge (smart intel getting $£$£$ very smart) so people will be switching over? (Remember this is me guessing idk :L )

Any help will be truly appreciated and helpful.
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post #2 of 16
Save money for Ivy or sandy bridge E, your setup will be more than enough for another year or two years at least.

EDIT : overclock your cpu if you havent already.
Edited by Romanrp - 7/27/11 at 7:53am
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post #3 of 16
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Hi people I have recently thought about upgrading from my P6X58D-E to a Rampage III Black Edition and I'm quite liking the idea but there wouldn't be much of a performance increase for me other than the extra features and being able to spread out my 2 GTX 460's so they cool better in SLI.

However due to the timing and the fact the i7 1st gen (even though great) is at the end of its life cycle I’m thinking it maybe a waste of money doing that and I’m looking at Sandy Bridge. Now I have to admit (and this is the reason for this thread) I don’t know much about Sandy Bridge. I’m aware that it’s intel’s new tech that incorporates a GPU into the CPU to lower the demand to the GPU but other than that I haven’t really been keeping up to date on the performance stats and pros/cons of Sandy Bridge. I am aware of the SATA problem on pre B3 boards and will be looking for a working board

So my main question is what should I do? Should I get the rampage for about £250-£350 pounds (some sites have good deals but I don’t know whether to trust them & the price may go up by the time I order) or do I upgrade Mobo, CPU, RAM for £550+ and sell the old components? To try and make a little bit of that back.

One more thing that through me when I first started looking at Sandy Bridge is the different chipsets (H61, P67, H67, C206 and Z68) could someone explain the differences, I like the Asus P8Z68 Deluxe and I think it has some good features (including *reads from site “LucidLogix Virtu†).

So (this is me purely guessing) the P67 was the high end chipset to go with and now the Z68 is the new kid on town that truly unlocks the GPU side of Sandy Bridge (smart intel getting $£$£$ very smart) so people will be switching over? (Remember this is me guessing idk :L )

Any help will be truly appreciated and helpful.
I would not upgrade. You won't see a noticeable difference from an i7 950 to a i5 2500k for almost any application. Wait for Ivy Bridge, Socket 2011 or Sandy Bridge - E (All of which are coming in early 2012 last I heard).

To answer your sandy bridge question.

P67 and Z68 are the Sandy Bridge chipsets. Z68 adds a couple features. Virtu speeds up video encoding and it has ssd caching to use an ssd as a massive hard drive cache. If you arent going to use either of these features there is really no difference, you can pick a board based off the boards features as opposed to the chipset. Personally I would go with z68 just because it is the slightly newer tech.

As far as the integrated graphics go, you would probably not use this feature, as your 460s are much much more powerful than the integrated intel HD 3000.

What are you struggling to do with your current computer that you think you need to upgrade? What features of Sandy Bridge do you really want that you want to upgrade?
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post #4 of 16
Don't upgrade. Wait for Socket 2011 or what comes after.

If you want to spend the money really badly, then put it in my paypal account.
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post #5 of 16
Personally I wouldn't bother. Yest SB is faster, but not by much (10% or so, if that). wait till Ivy Bridge or SB-e comes out.


Also the i7 950 is not at the end of its life cycle yet. Wanna know why? Look at the Pentium 4 and even the C2D. damn things are still around.
 
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sounds like youre itching to spend money
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post #7 of 16
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I would not upgrade. You won't see a noticeable difference from an i7 950 to a i5 2500k for almost any application. Wait for Ivy Bridge, Socket 2011 or Sandy Bridge - E (All of which are coming in early 2012 last I heard).

To answer your sandy bridge question.

P67 and Z68 are the Sandy Bridge chipsets. Z68 adds a couple features. Virtu speeds up video encoding and it has ssd caching to use an ssd as a massive hard drive cache. If you arent going to use either of these features there is really no difference, you can pick a board based off the boards features as opposed to the chipset. Personally I would go with z68 just because it is the slightly newer tech.
xD I knew it and if I did upgrade I'd go for Z68 too because I have a nice fast SSD and a 1TB for games and a 2TB for music, videos and documents so that feature could speed things up a little. I guess I do video encoding but it's not really a big deal tbh.

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As far as the integrated graphics go, you would probably not use this feature, as your 460s are much much more powerful than the integrated intel HD 3000.
I guess it would lower heat and power consumption whilst idling atleast but yes the 2 460's would be faster so I wouldn't see a performance gain ;D

Unless the intergrated graphics help when the GPU's are under load?

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What are you struggling to do with your current computer that you think you need to upgrade? What features of Sandy Bridge do you really want that you want to upgrade?
I'm not struggling to do anything other than cool my 2 460's due to my motherboard samwiching them together. And I know it doesn't seem too bad but I have seen the temps after they run 100% on some games/benchmarks at 90C which is frightening. They normally run about 70-80 max but on the odd occasion they just peak at 90.

I have another thread on the matter:
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia-cool...-solution.html

The Rampage III Black Edition would allow me to space the GPU's out and both cards will be able to breath, then the temps should drop. Plus the Black Edition is packed with features and I really like the thought of using my iPhone with the ROG connect and bluetooth. Although the newer boards allow you to do more over bluetooth.

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sounds like youre itching to spend money
I can't deny that, I have a job for the summer so I'm getting money

MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAAA!!!
Edited by rob3342421 - 7/27/11 at 8:32am
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Don't do it!!!eleven! Your system is still badass. Hold on to it!!
 
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I guess it would lower heat and power consumption whilst idling atleast but yes the 2 460's would be faster so I wouldn't see a performance gain ;D

Unless the intergrated graphics help when the GPU's are under load?

I'm not struggling to do anything other than cool my 2 460's due to my motherboard samwiching them together. And I know it doesn't seem too bad but I have seen the temps after they run 100% on some games/benchmarks at 90C which is frightening. They normally run about 70-80 max but on the odd occasion they just peak at 90.
Integrated graphics don't help discrete graphics performance when under load. Won't see too big of a change idling really either. I see the draw of wanting to space the GPUs out though.
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post #10 of 16
Don't upgrade...You're good bro
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