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If I disabled HT, what i5 would my 960 perform like? It's at 3.46GHz turbo stock right now, but it... well... I know flame war is coming...
It's so much better than my 8350 at 4.3GHz. I haven't ran anything heavily threaded yet... but the single thread performance boost is so much. I know people are going to rage at me, but I cannot believe how much better it is. I know that this is a different price range than my 8350.

Right now the 8350 vs i7 960 is skewed, as the i7 is running on a fresh install. I will be reinstalling W7 on the 8350 rig soon.
THIS IS NOT 8350 VS I7 960
I was wanting to know what the IPC is like between the i7 960 and a more modern quad core Intel chip. What speeds of this chip will it take to match another at what speed?
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The new gen i5/7 gear is definitely a solid step up from the older gen. You'll notice the performance immediately.

I even noticed performance increase in pretty much all my games going from 980x@4.2Ghz to a 4670K at stock. Not huge, but it's definitely noticeable especially in large MMO's & battles.

Once the 4670k hit 4.6Ghz, it's totally destroyed the 980x at any speed.
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I run BOINC on my i7 960 at stock clocks and an i7 4770K at 4.5 GHz so it does 2x as much work per day, both at 100% load with HT on.

HTH

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I was just curious as I found a 960 but was curious as to how it holds up today.
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I got the Old i5 750 running att 4ghz and thinking of getting the new I5 Haswell refresh. Is it a solid upgrade? Or is the 750 durable a while longer?
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Well, Haswell refresh seems to have better thermals and some news on the the front page says that it's stock is going to be at higher frequencies. My guess is it will be better than the first round Haswell. If you are wanting to upgrade, I would wait for that rather than getting say a 4670k.
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With HT off? probably like an i5 2500. With HT on it will be either the same or slightly ahead in multi-threaded apps, depends on if the app support HT properly or not, and slightly behind in single-threaded apps. i7 960 is still a very solid processor, no quite as fast as Hasewell but it is still very decent, however that is expected considering the 5 years gap. If you OC 4-4.2 GHz should be a piece of cake on that chip.
My i7 870 @ 4.1 GHz is based on same architecture and in games it rarely bottleneck my 780 Ti.
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With HT off? probably like an i5 2500. With HT on it will be either the same or slightly ahead in multi-threaded apps, depending if the app support HT properly or not, and slightly behind in single-threaded apps. i7 960 is still a very solid processor, no quite as fast as Hasewell but it is still very decent, If you OC 4-4.2 GHz should be a piece of cake on that chip.
My i7 870 @ 4.1 GHz is based on same architecture and in games it rarely bottleneck my 780 Ti.
That is the type of response I was looking for. I don't really need HT on, I rarely use more than 3 threads anyway. I'm actually going to turning this rig into my primary rig and using my 8350 rig as a secondary gaming rig/video renderer.
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post #9 of 24
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Well, Haswell refresh seems to have better thermals and some news on the the front page says that it's stock is going to be at higher frequencies. My guess is it will be better than the first round Haswell. If you are wanting to upgrade, I would wait for that rather than getting say a 4670k.

Think they are coming like 2 june or something, Its no rush really.

But i play Arma 3 and breaking point and it seems to be CPU demanding
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post #10 of 24
I think you could pick the slowest i5 haswell available and it would still be faster than that i7 960 with HT disabled at it's stock turbo speeds of 3.5GHz just from the IPC increases from nehalem-> sandy ->ivy ->haswell. All while using MUCH less power.
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