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Hi All,

I'm interested in your opinion on whether I should upgrade my watercooled rig from the current Q9650 @ 4005 MHz to a (hopefully) 5 GHz 2600k also watercooled. My intensions is to have the 5GHz 24/7...

I understand there are people out there who have the 2600k at 5GHz 24/7 @ 1.5v or close to it, watercooled... If you are reading this... let me know your experience especially if you upgraded from the Core2Quad era. Did you see a significant improvement in times?

Primary motivation is to significantly decrease transcoding/encoding times.
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id wait man 2700k is literally around the corner with lower voltage which will be better for stability for 5ghz
 
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After running a Q9550 @ 4GHz for quite a while, I will say that the upgrade to a 5GHz 2600k is worth every blood-stained dollar . Go for it.


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id wait man 2700k is literally around the corner with lower voltage which will be better for stability for 5ghz
The 2700k is already out, and all it is is a 2600k with the multiplier raised from 34x to 35x. Nothing more, nothing less. Not worth the extra money. Think E8300 vs E8400.
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I run my 2600k @ 4.8GHz/1.36v 24/7. To hit 5GHz stable, it requires 1.44v and 5.3GHz requires a whopping 1.5v and it runs too hot for my H80.

I could run 5GHz 24/7 but seeing as how I can run 4.8GHz at a much lower vcore setting, I keep it at 4.8GHz.

I upgraded from a Q9550 and my system feels a lot faster... although, I did upgrade to a SSD at the same time
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I upgraded from a Q9300 and a GTX 260 to a 2500K with a GTX 560Ti, the biggest difference I saw was from the GPU mostly. As far as real world usage I didnt notice that much of a difference.

But... If you are doing trans coding work then a 2600K will def benefit you. I noticed when I converted from FLAC to MP3 it was like the times were cut in half almost.
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id wait man 2700k is literally around the corner with lower voltage which will be better for stability for 5ghz
Any idea on dates? I heard the 3xxx series extreme will be coming out. I didn't know there was a 2700k in the works...


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Originally Posted by metallicamaster3 View Post
After running a Q9550 @ 4GHz for quite a while, I will say that the upgrade to a 5GHz 2600k is worth every blood-stained dollar . Go for it.

The 2700k is already out, and all it is is a 2600k with the multiplier raised from 34x to 35x. Nothing more, nothing less. Not worth the extra money. Think E8300 vs E8400.
Very similar scenario to my one. Interesting! Could you elaborate on what has improved? Do you transcode, encode, or cipher? Move around large files (GB sizes/file) and have software and/or fake-raid like me?

I'm really interested whether I would see a huge difference and would be worth the money to upgrade.

I haven't posted here for a while but I have updated my system details to reflect my current setup. I was thinking of only upgrading the mobo, cpu and ram and keeping everything else (gpus, disks, cooling wc-equipment, etc).
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Any idea on dates? I heard the 3xxx series extreme will be coming out. I didn't know there was a 2700k in the works...




Very similar scenario to my one. Interesting! Could you elaborate on what has improved? Do you transcode, encode, or cipher? Move around large files (GB sizes/file) and have software and/or fake-raid like me?

I'm really interested whether I would see a huge difference and would be worth the money to upgrade.

I haven't posted here for a while but I have updated my system details to reflect my current setup. I was thinking of only upgrading the mobo, cpu and ram and keeping everything else (gpus, disks, cooling wc-equipment, etc).
Everything is incredibly faster. Everything. Especially since you transcode/encode, you'll notice your times get cut in half or possibly even more. The extra 4 threads will definitely give you a huge boost.
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the i7 2700k is out. Check out newegg. The upgrade to Sandy Bridge alone will decrease trans/decoding times. Getting it to 5GHz will only make that easier. Although I'd personally not want to run my chip at anything about 1.4v for extended periods of time, but that's just me and I'm old and overly cautious.
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