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except in heavily multithreaded things where amount of cores count, the 8350 stomps the 920.

Not significantly to the least.
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The 920 is still ridiculously well off today. It's crazy to think about a 4-5 year old processor being as powerful as the 11 month old Core i5 3570K, however it is.

It's funny, because I built a Core i7 920 build back in 2008 and even after 5 years, it's still the second fastest system I have ever owned. In fact, I eventually upgraded to the PX58D Premium by ASUS that actually had USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s. So even if I still had that system, it would be quiet modern today.

Then you factor in that the average Core i7 920 with the D0 stepping could be overclocked to 4GHZ fairly easy...


Jeez...I miss those days.
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Just committed to put my i7 920 d0 under water with a refurbished Rampage 3 for USB 3.0, SATA 6.0Gbps and - hopefully - a BCLK of 215. :-D

The only reason to go to a new CPU for productivity gains is, IMHO, getting a 3930K. Personally I have a pure gaming machine so there's truly no reason to upgrade to a new CPU. My current mobo is being replaced because it won't run a 200 BCLK under Prime or IBT stress testing and even with OS on SSD the boot time is excessive compared to low-end Sandy Bridge systems like my HTPC.

Keep your 920 until a mainstream (<$350) chip completely blows it away.
post #24 of 37
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The 920 is still ridiculously well off today. It's crazy to think about a 4-5 year old processor being as powerful as the 11 month old Core i5 3570K, however it is.

It's funny, because I built a Core i7 920 build back in 2008 and even after 5 years, it's still the second fastest system I have ever owned. In fact, I eventually upgraded to the PX58D Premium by ASUS that actually had USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s. So even if I still had that system, it would be quiet modern today.

Then you factor in that the average Core i7 920 with the D0 stepping could be overclocked to 4GHZ fairly easy...


Jeez...I miss those days.

Overclocking that D0 was a learning curve but surprised how long its lasting.

I feel the same way, I also built my pc back in 08 and it still lasting me, I don't feel like upgrading anything.

This is also kind of odd since I was used to upgrading my PC every 1-2 years...
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Just committed to put my i7 920 d0 under water with a refurbished Rampage 3 for USB 3.0, SATA 6.0Gbps and - hopefully - a BCLK of 215. :-D

The only reason to go to a new CPU for productivity gains is, IMHO, getting a 3930K. Personally I have a pure gaming machine so there's truly no reason to upgrade to a new CPU. My current mobo is being replaced because it won't run a 200 BCLK under Prime or IBT stress testing and even with OS on SSD the boot time is excessive compared to low-end Sandy Bridge systems like my HTPC.

Keep your 920 until a mainstream (<$350) chip completely blows it away.

Even in the situation that you need more cores (I eventually did when I started trying to record video while also doing heavily multithreaded tasks, etc), it's still a more elegant and cost effective solution to plop in a 970, 980x, or 990x, which you can pick up used for cheap right here in the OCN marketplace every time intel releases a new CPU and the ultra early "must have everything new for absolutely no reason" early adopters get new chips.

980x cost me ... I think $350? Sold the 920 for 150. As a side effect I was able to OC both the chip and the memory a lot higher too (I guess the extreme editions being essentially xeons means their IMCs are better suited to large banks of memory? *shruggity*). Total system upgrade for a end total of $200, a new high end mobo alone to support a 3930K would have cost that much. Besides... who doesn't want to say they own a $1200 CPU? biggrin.gif
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post #26 of 37
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980x cost me ... I think $350? Sold the 920 for 150. As a side effect I was able to OC both the chip and the memory a lot higher too (I guess the extreme editions being essentially xeons means their IMCs are better suited to large banks of memory? *shruggity*)

No, you just upgraded from Bloomfield to Gulftown (32nm + improved architecture, was originally planned to be released as Core i9).
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980x cost me ... I think $350? Sold the 920 for 150. As a side effect I was able to OC both the chip and the memory a lot higher too (I guess the extreme editions being essentially xeons means their IMCs are better suited to large banks of memory? *shruggity*). Total system upgrade for a end total of $200, a new high end mobo alone to support a 3930K would have cost that much. Besides... who doesn't want to say they own a $1200 CPU? biggrin.gif
You could buy a X5560 for 100$ these days and say you own a 1200$ CPU too tongue.gif
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No, you just upgraded from Bloomfield to Gulftown (32nm + improved architecture, was originally planned to be released as Core i9).

West mere was just a die shrink of Nehalem. It didn't offer anything a lot better and had no ipc gain
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Westmere was just a die shrink of Nehalem. It didn't offer anything a lot better and had no ipc gain

IMC has been better on Gulftown
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post #30 of 37
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Even in the situation that you need more cores (I eventually did when I started trying to record video while also doing heavily multithreaded tasks, etc), it's still a more elegant and cost effective solution to plop in a 970, 980x, or 990x, which you can pick up used for cheap right here in the OCN marketplace every time intel releases a new CPU and the ultra early "must have everything new for absolutely no reason" early adopters get new chips.

980x cost me ... I think $350? Sold the 920 for 150. As a side effect I was able to OC both the chip and the memory a lot higher too (I guess the extreme editions being essentially xeons means their IMCs are better suited to large banks of memory? *shruggity*). Total system upgrade for a end total of $200, a new high end mobo alone to support a 3930K would have cost that much. Besides... who doesn't want to say they own a $1200 CPU? biggrin.gif

I may just have to go this route if Ivy-E and Haswell end up just being lower-power-draw versions of what's currently on the market. +rep.
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