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i7 870 or x3440?

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Hey guys, so i was going to build a 1156 socket rig and was planning on using a i7 870 (at microcenter for $253 pickup) on amazon i noticed a xeon x3440 ($234 shipped).

Is the xeon decent in comparison to the i7? The only difference i could find is it has a 20 multi vs a 21. Also might the i7 870 prices go down anytime soon, or they pretty much at their lowest for awhile?

Thanks guys!
Edited by DNytAftr - 1/2/11 at 9:25pm
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The Xeon X3400 series IS an i7, just better binned. I own an X3460 that is in actuality an i7 860.

Here's the quick list of comparable chips:
X3430 = ~i5 750S
X3440 = i7 840
X3450 = i7 850
X3460 = i7 860
X3470 = i7 870
* Does not exist

To further help you out:
i7 870 stats
X3470 stats
[URL="[url]http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=42928&processor=X3440&spec-codes=SLBLF[/url]"]X3440 stats[/URL]

Also, don't expect the socket 1156 prices to come down any time soon. Even with Sandy Bridge coming out, it'll be a while before that happens I believe.
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If you're going to overclock, get the 870. The x3440 is going to be a pain past 4GHz.

I had the Xeon and liked it. I didn't like the low multiplier (for obvious reasons) but it said cool and didn't cost an arm and a leg at the time.

If you're on a tight budget, check the FS/T section. Considering that there will be a large people group moving onto Sandy Bridge in the next week or so, expect nice deals on used CPUs and boards.
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Originally Posted by AuraNova;11870583 
The Xeon X3400 series IS an i7, just better binned. I own an X3460 that is in actuality an i7 860.

Here's the quick list of comparable chips:
X3430 = ~i5 750S
X3440 = i7 840
X3450 = i7 850
X3460 = i7 860
X3470 = i7 870
* Does not exist

To further help you out:
i7 870 stats
X3470 stats
[URL="[url]http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=42928&processor=X3440&spec-codes=SLBLF[/url]"]X3440 stats[/URL]

Also, don't expect the socket 1156 prices to come down any time soon. Even with Sandy Bridge coming out, it'll be a while before that happens I believe.
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Originally Posted by SimpleTech;11870639 
If you're going to overclock, get the 870. The x3440 is going to be a pain past 4GHz.

I had the Xeon and liked it. I didn't like the low multiplier (for obvious reasons) but it said cool and didn't cost an arm and a leg at the time.

If you're on a tight budget, check the FS/T section. Considering that there will be a large people group moving onto Sandy Bridge in the next week or so, expect nice deals on used CPUs and boards.

Hmmm.. okay so they are similar where the xeon is a bit lower performance, but should be binned better and is pretty cool. Hmm.. im only going to be overclocking it to 3.2-3.5 because im gonna be using it in a m-atx and its a tight fit. Thanks guys!, i order the X3440. + reps
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