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clock for clock how much faster is the 3930k?
I'm complementing building a second rig (not meant to replace my current one) more like supplement (should be really the other way around though)
i'm in no rush but i'm willing to wait for intel to release the full 8core/20mb cache high clock/unlocked version
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It would be a decent upgrade, However with Ivy bridge literally right around the corner (expected later this month) And the high price of the 3930k, (600 on newegg) I'd recommend waiting for Ivy.
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It would be a decent upgrade, However with Ivy bridge literally right around the corner (expected later this month) And the high price of the 3930k, (600 on newegg) I'd recommend waiting for Ivy.

Since it appears that intel is not going to be releasing any sort of IB-E in the near future, why would he want to wait? Having had a 980x and now a 3930k, this is a good bit faster although for most uses you would never know the difference. What is the intended use of the machine?
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seeing you ahve your i7 960 at 3.2ghz. overclocking that to 4ghz is like upgrading a cpu. get a decent cooler and overclock it to 4-4.1ghz. a huge performance increase for cheap.
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Since it appears that intel is not going to be releasing any sort of IB-E in the near future, why would he want to wait? Having had a 980x and now a 3930k, this is a good bit faster although for most uses you would never know the difference. What is the intended use of the machine?

Reasons to wait
1. Ivy bridge, although technically even the i7 3770k will be a "mainstream processor" it should perform slightly better then the current 2600k, When i say mainstream, i know that SB-e is their enthusiast processors.
2. Price, that 3930k performs well, but as you can see here... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3930k-3820-test-benchmark,3090-14.html Unless your doing something that will be using all of it's threads, they will perform pretty close... as well as the 3930k being x2 the price of the 2600k, and rumored 320 dollar price of the 3770k.
3. Power consumption, The 3770k is supposed to be rated at 77w, where the 3930k is rated at 130w.

Rumor is the release date for ivy is April 29, So hope that gives the OP some good info and answers your question.
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I went from an i7 930 to a 3930k and I don't regret a thing, take a look at some generic benches agains a 950, pretty close to a 960. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=552
Not to mention that if you plan to OC, the 3930k is way better then a 960, newer tech and the LGA 2011 should be compatible with the IB-E if you feel like upgrading in the future.

In my cinebench test, they have the i7 960 as a comparison to my score, 960@3.2 ghz : 5.48 - 3930k@4.6 ghz: 13.31
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OP you're comparing apples and oranges here. You can't compare a quad to a hex (when both chips are Intel at least). The 3930K will smoke a 960:
- Newer architecture
- Two extra cores
- Can OC way higher
- 4MB extra cache
- Almost doubt the memory bandwidth
etc etc

A fairer competitor to the 960 would be a 2600K.

Edit: the 8-core IB-E stuff will probably will not be out till Q2ish of next year.
Edited by hirolla888 - 4/4/12 at 10:31pm
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Originally Posted by Cannon19932006 View Post

Reasons to wait
1. Ivy bridge, although technically even the i7 3770k will be a "mainstream processor" it should perform slightly better then the current 2600k, When i say mainstream, i know that SB-e is their enthusiast processors.
2. Price, that 3930k performs well, but as you can see here... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3930k-3820-test-benchmark,3090-14.html Unless your doing something that will be using all of it's threads, they will perform pretty close... as well as the 3930k being x2 the price of the 2600k, and rumored 320 dollar price of the 3770k.
3. Power consumption, The 3770k is supposed to be rated at 77w, where the 3930k is rated at 130w.
Rumor is the release date for ivy is April 29, So hope that gives the OP some good info and answers your question.

Again, as stated you're comparing two totally different things. If he is considering an 8C/16T processor there is a good likelyhood that he has tasks in mind that would benefit more cores rather than a tiny bump in IPC and integrated graphics.
post #9 of 23
The 3930k slaughters the 960. But.. it really all depends what you're using the rig for.
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I upgraded from a 980x to the 3930K, and I honestly wish I went for Ivy Bridge instead. If I did more multi-threaded tasks then sure, the 3930k would be worth the premium. But for mainstream gamers and most of the enthusiasts here on OCN, Ivy Bridge is a better fit. You can OC higher (part of the fun of building a new system) and use the money saved to upgrade other components.
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