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So in the end they didn't bench the two motherboard models, only the overclocking performance for two CPUs...

If they had 4GHz on both it would be a valid benchmark but hey, put the older gens in the shadow.
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try gigabyte G1 sniper2 that had a killernetwork card inside. its perfect lol
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post #63 of 72
No, an i7-920 at 3.8Ghz (maybe 4) vs a i5-2500k at 4.8GHz would have been a much more valid comparison.

Clock for clock is pointless when one design clearly has a clock speed advantage for the average user.

Also some of it doesn't really make a lot of sense anyways.

For instance AvP is pretty much a gpu only benchmark, a 4.2GHz 990x isn't going to bottleneck SLI in that test. Yet even though it has the lane size advantage there is no difference in FPS.

So it would seem 4.2GHz x58 in most cases isn't going to bottleneck SLI while x8/x8 in its own right isn't going to cause a loss of performance vs x16/x16 even with 580 SLI.
Edited by BallaTheFeared - 8/14/11 at 1:18pm
    
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For those with Nehalem quads(9x0) I disagree, it's more of a side-upwards grade.



5.2Ghz is the high but it's certainly attainable within the max TDP.

Just look at your chip. It only affirms what I said earlier... You're at 4.8Ghz with only 1.4v.
"Only" 1.4v? Do you honestly believe that 1.52v figure Intel gave for the VID range holds value when you start overclocking/increasing clock speed?

At 4.6-4.8Ghz (where most 2500k/2600k's top out at non-retarded volts) 1.4v is nearing your upper limits.

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Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
So in the end they didn't bench the two motherboard models, only the overclocking performance for two CPUs...

If they had 4GHz on both it would be a valid benchmark but hey, put the older gens in the shadow.
Comparing the 1st gen i7 to Sandybridge clock for clock is silly because they both have completely different ceilings. If you buy a Sandybridge setup and you overclock, are you going to stop at 4Ghz?

On the other hand, using a 980x for a gaming review, and then spouting nonsense like "DIS $300 CPU BEATS A $1000 CPU LOLOLOL" is equally silly.
Edited by GameBoy - 8/14/11 at 5:10pm
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post #65 of 72
5.2 GHz is going to be hot on a Noctua D14 and Corsair H100 for even a 2600k. I wonder what temps they got in their tests. I postulate that their 2600k temps were in the 90 C's.
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5.2 GHz is going to be hot on a Noctua D14 and Corsair H100 for even a 2600k. I wonder what temps they got in their tests. I postulate that their 2600k temps were in the 90 C's.
The problem is, I doubt many of the tests even got close to fully loading the 2600K. You're probably right if it was full load temps.
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The problem is, I doubt many of the tests even got close to fully loading the 2600K. You're probably right if it was full load temps.
Pretty much this.

You wouldn't be doing AVX linpacks at 5.2GHz on air, lulz. But gaming, they're probably hitting around 70C.
    
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the talk about pci lanes remembered me of something

"The big question today was whether or not we needed more than 16 lanes to feed multiple high-end graphics card in SLI, and the answer is a solid “perhaps not.”

OK, let’s call it a conditional "no.”

While we did see a fairly large difference between x8 and x16 slots when a single card was used, adding a second card shifted our limit to CPU performance. That is to say, for most of today’s tests, a faster CPU would be far more important than dual x16 slots in achieving the ultimate SLI performance. "

"While some games are limited by bandwidth, others are limited by GPU or CPU power. Alien Vs. Predator appears to be limited by one of the latter variables, as its performance barely falls even when the graphics card is crippled by a x4 slot."

yadda yadda http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...x4,2696-4.html singel card

dual/sli
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...4,2696-11.html
1fps diff, which is "error of margin" as to speak

so in other words 8+8 lanes are just fine for dual setup, just as long as the singel lane for singel card use is 16x, but Im pretty sure all of them are nowadays (for games)
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X58 to Z68 is nothing but sidegrade. Yeah 1155 socket CPUs overclock way better but Z68 boards are only capable 8x/8x Crossfire and support dual channel memory.

They both have advantages and disadvantages. If i were i high end gamer i'd skip both and wait for X79.
The 8x/8x makes a difference if you run more than one card, but the memory makes no difference.
    
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1366 with x58 is useless right now unless you need those extra cores for mass archiving, rendering, animation etc.

a 2600k with z68 (or even p67) is a no brainer for gaming and general use
    
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