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the rig in my signature is still running fine. I'd like to start using hardware assisted encryption so I found a 980 i7 on craigslist. For a few hundred dollars will it be a worthwhile upgrade or should I just go with a newer system like ivy bridge or something.
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Wow, that's a lot of money to drop on it.

The 980 won't be slow, but at the same time, it's sinking more money on a platform that isn't getting new CPUs. If it were me, I would just migrate to SB.

Or better yet, since Bulldozer integrated full hardware encryption instructions, you could go with a 8150! tongue.gif (but seriously, it is very fast at hardware encryption)
    
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980X for a few hundred dollars is worth it imo, depend of what a *few* means. 200$ or 500$ o.O id toss 2-3hundread if i alrdy had the platform to support it, + you can sell your 930 to cover the cost of it. If you will make use of it why not, it'll still be cheaper then by a all new platform.
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if you think the cost is worth the gains from the extra cores then its worth it yea man.

i mean how everybody values $1 varies so its worth does too.
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a 980 for a "Few Hundred" is outstanding. Jump on it ASAP!
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I would go for it especially if its cheaper then an entire new set up.

i7 980 is not slow by any means and there is still a good few years left in it before it becomes truly out of date.
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According to this chart, overall a 980 will be just as good/better than a 2600k (before overclocking) depending on the workload.

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if you think the cost is worth the gains from the extra cores then its worth it yea man.
i mean how everybody values $1 varies so its worth does too.

It's not the number of cores....

The i7 930 (Bloomfield ) does not have the hardware encryption engine. Intel added on Clarkdale onward and this Gulftown has it.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/clarkdale-aes-ni-encryption,2538-3.html
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if you were upgrading your CPU a 980X would be a nice jump from a 930

i have a 975EE and its fine with what i do. even for the 6 cores its worth it if you do a lot of editing and encoding.

if you plan on just gaming get rid of that rig and go SB or wait for IVY or Bulldozer

6 cores of that goodness is enough for me on any CPU
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if you think the cost is worth the gains from the extra cores then its worth it yea man.
i mean how everybody values $1 varies so its worth does too.

It's not the number of cores....

The i7 930 (Bloomfield ) does not have the hardware encryption engine. Intel added on Clarkdale onward and this Gulftown has it.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/clarkdale-aes-ni-encryption,2538-3.html
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oh cool, i didnt know any of the 1366 chips had aes tbh and thought it was only on the later cpu but thinking about it these hex core did come out late in the game and it makes sense they do too.

shame i cant rep you as that is well worth it thumb.gif
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