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post #11 of 14
LGA2011 vs. 1150 is a bit of a tricky question.

Coming from someone who owns a 3930K coupled with a rampage IV extreme and a 4770K with a Z87X-OC I would say that both platforms definitely have their pros and cons.

X79: more cores, more pci-e lanes (no really relevant until you get into 3 GPUs etc.) but on the other hand worse chipset features, higher power consumpion, more expensive everything, outdated motherboards etc.

Z87: higher single core performance, good chipset features, new boards, cheaper. On the other hand with Z87 and Haswell you have even more of a silicon lottery when it comes to OCing than with the current LGA 2011 IB-E parts. The amount of cores is also smaller, the overclocking is a bit more complicated (can be good or bad depending on what you like), and overall in gaming the CPUs aren't perhaps as future proof as LGA2011 ones even though high IPC quad cores do extremely well in some of the PC exclusives atm (RTS etc.).

Both platforms are pretty much dead in the sense that they will probably not receive any viable upgrades in the future. The next enthusiast class parts will use DDR4 and a 2011 socket with a new pinout so those aren't compatible with current parts. And the only real upgrade coming to mainstream platforms is Broadwell-K late next year, however it's just about certain that it will require a new board.

So all in all I guess it boils down to how much you think the X79 features are worth it. If you do decide to go with X79 I'd wait just a while to see if the Rampage IV extreme Black edition releases in the next week or two. That board brings some of the more modern stuff into X79 even if the platform has been here since 2011.

Z87 I'd pick up a 4770K and a Z87X-OC or some asus ROG board. Asrock is fine too but the Z87X-OC is excellent value for overclockers.

X79 RIVE-BE or just plain old RIVE (not as good bios at all and not as good with memory OC) coupled with a 4930K or a 3930K.
 
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[i7 5960X @ 4.8GHz] [Rampage V Extreme] [Titan 1400MHz (1500MHz bench)] [Various] 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
[250GB 840EVO +2x SpinpointF3 1TB RAID0] [LD PC-V2 SS Phase Change] [XSPC X2O 750 pump/res] [Monsta 360 full copper + EK XT 360 + XT 240] 
MonitorPowerCaseAudio
[Crossover 27Q LED-P 1440p+ASUS 1200p+LG 1080p] [Corsair AX1200] [Dimastech Easy v3.0] [Sennheiser HD558s] 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
FX 8320, FX 8350, Phenom II x2 555BE i7 3930K, i7 860, i7 4770K, 68x Celeron D CVF, commando, 2x RIVE, Z87X-OC Asus 4870x2, Sapphire 4870 
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2x 5870, 5850, 5830, 5770 2x 3870x2, 3870 GTX Titan, GTX 480, GTX 590 GTX 285, GTX 260, 4x 9800GT, 8800GTX 
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4x4GB vengeance, 2x4GB predatorX, 2x1GB OCZ DDR2 Intel X25-M 80GB LD PC-V2 SS Phase Change OCN Marksman 
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2x old tek slims (GPU) Various watercooling stuff win7, winxp AX1200 
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test bench / cardboard box 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[i7 5960X @ 4.8GHz] [Rampage V Extreme] [Titan 1400MHz (1500MHz bench)] [Various] 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
[250GB 840EVO +2x SpinpointF3 1TB RAID0] [LD PC-V2 SS Phase Change] [XSPC X2O 750 pump/res] [Monsta 360 full copper + EK XT 360 + XT 240] 
MonitorPowerCaseAudio
[Crossover 27Q LED-P 1440p+ASUS 1200p+LG 1080p] [Corsair AX1200] [Dimastech Easy v3.0] [Sennheiser HD558s] 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
FX 8320, FX 8350, Phenom II x2 555BE i7 3930K, i7 860, i7 4770K, 68x Celeron D CVF, commando, 2x RIVE, Z87X-OC Asus 4870x2, Sapphire 4870 
GraphicsGraphicsGraphicsGraphics
2x 5870, 5850, 5830, 5770 2x 3870x2, 3870 GTX Titan, GTX 480, GTX 590 GTX 285, GTX 260, 4x 9800GT, 8800GTX 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
4x4GB vengeance, 2x4GB predatorX, 2x1GB OCZ DDR2 Intel X25-M 80GB LD PC-V2 SS Phase Change OCN Marksman 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
2x old tek slims (GPU) Various watercooling stuff win7, winxp AX1200 
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post #12 of 14
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Thank you Altar, that's the kind of in-depth comparison I was looking for. I'd Rep you if I could.
post #13 of 14
Buy my greasy z87x-OC..cheep! cheep! biggrin.gif
Umm..I might would try that 4820K on x79 ..wouldn't rule that out..
 
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Samsung 840 pro Bong cooler / RASA waterblock Rosewill Capstone Gold 750 None 
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cheap! Newegg box panel ibeats with onboard. 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1075T w/2 cores locked @ 4.2+ M4a89GTD-Pro XFX Radeon HD 5870 8gb Samsung ddr3 1600 11-11-11-28@ 8-8-8-24 
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OCZ Agility2 40gb WD Blue 500GB Lite-On RASA waterblock 
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Windows & Linux Samsung 1080p 2 ms Dell Thermaltake TR2-800 
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cheap! Newegg box panel ibeats with onboard. 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1075T w/2 cores locked @ 4.2+ M4a89GTD-Pro XFX Radeon HD 5870 8gb Samsung ddr3 1600 11-11-11-28@ 8-8-8-24 
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OCZ Agility2 40gb WD Blue 500GB Lite-On RASA waterblock 
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Thanks all for the input, I've ended up going for an Asus Sabretooth X79 paired with an i7 4820K. The Rampage Black Edition is due in my local retailer on 08/10/2013 and while it certainly is worth the £380 asking price, I asked myself if I'd really need all the bundled things that come with it. It all boiled down to what I needed, a decent clocker, multi-graphics card capability, RAID onboard, and support for the newer LGA2011 CPU's. The onboard audio is nice, but would end up being wasted as I do intend on investing in a fancy audio card later down the line. I'm not an Extreme clocker so a Dual BIOS is not necessary for me, nor is the handheld clocking tool, even if it can go in a drive bay. As for the LED's, I can take them or leave them.

With regards to my experience of the Sabretooth so far, the only problem I came across was due to the BIOS shipped with it being an older version that didn't support the new Ivybridge-E architecture. Fortunately, the BIOS flashing on the newer Asus boards is an absolute dream compared to what I'm used to. I was expecting to have to take it back the shop to get them to flash it as I don't simply have spare i7 CPU's lieing around but I was able to flash the motherboard by simply putting the BIOS file on a USB drive and holding down a button on the I/O panel at the back. To be fiar its been three years since I have been able to afford to treat myself to a new system so I've been out of the loop for some time. Fortunately overclocking hasn't changed from what I'm used to and I've managed to get up to 4.7Ghz so far on air so I'm going to be playing around to see if I can push it anymore.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 10/27/13 at 3:43pm
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