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Ok, so let's assume I HAD to upgrade. For arguments sake let's also assume that money is no object. Which system would perform better for gaming and multi threaded apps like audio producing/recording?

1) 980x, 12GB Ram, Asus P6T - Upgrade cost ~$1000
2) 2600K, Asus Pro, 8GB Ram - Upgrade cost ~600

Please don't tell me it's a dumb upgrade, just please give me some educated opinions as to which and why. Thanks so much!

EDIT: I'VE SINCE PURCHASED A 980X AND MSI XPOWER MB. THANKS FOR THE HELP GUYS!
Edited by Stupidhatmatt - 1/6/11 at 11:18am
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post #2 of 106
If moneys no object then its a easy choice I7 980x wipes the floor with the 2600k
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Still too much unknown about the new SB chips, I would go with the 980x it's still their powerhouse chip and 6 cores.
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Obviously the 980x does better in multi-threaded application. The 2600k does better or the same in games. What audio applications are you running, maybe I can be of assistance? They're all different when it comes to this.
    
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for the cost, the 2600k- but money is no object in your argument so 980x of course. then again, you can wait for ivy bridge or so. who knows.

980x has 2 extra cores with ht, so that may help in mega ultra threaded apps, but the 2600k OC'd pretty high would do decently well on apps like that too. then again, the oc'd voltages people used are still debatable
    
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I would wait for Ivy, but if I had to choose for heavily threaded applications it would be 980x, the 2600k doesn't gain you much as far as threading capabilities
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980x does edge out slightly with multi-threaded applications but only slightly.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/16
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Originally Posted by dham;11899456 
Obviously the 980x does better in multi-threaded application. The 2600k does better or the same in games. What audio applications are you running, maybe I can be of assistance? They're all different when it comes to this.

I record and produce audio using VST's in Sonar. I use programs like EWQL, Ivory, Trilian, Guitar Rig, Etc...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Stupidhatmatt;11899432 
Ok, so let's assume I HAD to upgrade. For arguments sake let's also assume that money is no object. Which system would perform better for gaming and multi threaded apps like audio producing/recording?

1) 980x, 12GB Ram, Asus P6T - Upgrade cost ~$1000
2) 2600K, Asus Pro, 8GB Ram - Upgrade cost ~600

Please don't tell me it's a dumb upgrade, just please give me some educated opinions as to which and why. Thanks so much!

It depends on the specific application. Some audio software is only single/dual threaded, some aren't. Some games can only utilize 4 cores to their max, some only 2. It's all relative to the specific application and can't be generalized to such a degree as audio production/gaming.
 
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Originally Posted by Shrimpykins;11899476 
It depends on the specific application. Some audio software is only single/dual threaded, some aren't. Some games can only utilize 4 cores to their max, some only 2. It's all relative to the specific application and can't be generalized to such a degree as audio production/gaming.

Sonar, I believe, was specifically engineered for 4 cores and beyond. I run all the VST's within Sonar so I believe it's taking advantage of all the system has to offer. I'm satisfied with my rig in terms of gaming so that wouldn't be a major reason for upgrading.
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