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Which one to go for guys the old or the new. Its hard to go past the sandy bridge for the price. Just want to see a 50K plus Vantage score
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Personally, I'd switch to the 970 if I had the money.

EDIT: It's basically just a 980x with a downgraded mem controller. It has 4 threads over Sandy though.
    
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i7 970 if it is cheap, I know I would love one but if I were to build new today it would be a 26k rig.
Edited by adzsask - 7/30/11 at 8:59am
    
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I would say the sandy bridge i7 is a no brainer, they overclock like crazy.
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i7 if it is cheap, I know I would love one but if I were to build new today it would be a 26k rig.
They are both i7's
    
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I would say the sandy bridge i7 is a no brainer, they overclock like crazy.
It still won't match the two extra cores of the 970 in multi-threaded things, you can get a 970 to at least 4.2GHz.

EDIT: Wait OP are you doing single or multi-threaded things?

EDIT EDIT: OP I'm gonna run vantage at 5GHz for you and see what I can get.
    
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2600k, it's cheaper!
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The only other benefit if any is that the x58 970 has triple channel DDR3 as opposed to the duel channel p67/68, does this make a huge difference in performance.??
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I've asked that same question before buying my current set up. Most people told me there wasn't much of a difference.
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Depends on what you are doing.

My 970 @ 4.25GHz transcodes, archives, and encrypts/decrypts considerably faster than the 2600k system I built @ 4.5GHz.

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Originally Posted by snelan View Post
Personally, I'd switch to the 970 if I had the money.

EDIT: It's basically just a 980x with a downgraded mem controller. It has 4 threads over Sandy though.
The 970, 980, 980x, and 990x are all the same stepping of Gulftown and have the same memory controller. The higher end chips do seem to be binned a bit better though.
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