Great! A thread for the i7-960!
I realize there will be some who will attack the i7 960 CPU, claiming that it is an over-glorified i7 920. They may be right. However, consider my story:
I build my rig almost exclusively off of Newegg / FrozenCPU in early Feburary 2011. At that time, Newegg didn't even carry the i7 920 or i7 930. However, at that time, Intel dropped the price of the i7 960 to $309.99, a mere $10.00 more than the i7 950. So, why not? I hope that readers will keep the original thread focus in mind, at leave some of their i7 920 victory stories in a different post, as there there are more and more of us still on the 1366 platform upping our CPU's as Intel's prices drop.
And, for my small experience. Please note that my Sig rig below is what is producing the results below.
With what You find below, I have been able to hold 4.0 GHz stable for longer than the shown 1hr test (Overnight).
And my time to ask something of the thread. I may be off my rocker, but, I somehow feel that if a i7 920 (2.66) can hit 4.0GHz with a Megahalem and two odd-ball fans (a 1400MHz increase in performance), why is it that I can only get my i7 960 (3.20) to 4.0GHz with a Thermalright Silver Arrow (an 800MHz increase)? Suggestions welcome!
Also, consider renaming the thread, "The 1366 i7 960 Owners Club" ...? If You would, I would join...?