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I am not seeing any architecture improvements in performance numbers when it comes to gaming with Sandy Bridge benchmarks. Here are some examples:

On overclockersclub, the over clock benchmarks are a 2600k in grey bar at 4.65 Ghz. The i7 920 is in blue but only over clocked to 4 Ghz. About a 16% higher clock on the 2600k.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi...5_2500k/10.htm

Far Cry 2: At 1680x1050 over clocked, the 2600k scores 147 and the 920 scores a 131. That's only a 12% improvement with a 16% higher clocking.

Modern Warfare 2: At 1680x1050 over clocked, the 2600k scores 257 and the 920 scores a 224. That's only a 15% improvement with a 16% higher clocking.

Batman: At 1680x1050 over clocked, the 2600k scores 335 and the 920 scores a 312. That's only a 7% improvement with a 16% higher clocking.

With these numbers, for gaming if you have a 9xx series i7 that over clocks really well, you would see hardly any improvement. I run a 920 D0 at 4.55Ghz and even if I did get a 2600k up to 5Ghz, I'd see at the most 5-10% performance gain. Not really a viable upgrade path for us current i7 9xx owners, but if your buying a completely new gaming PC, the 2600k is the way to go.


Another interesting note, clock for clock, the 920 is generally faster than the 980x which is black on those charts at 4.3Ghz.
Edited by CallsignVega - 1/9/11 at 5:30pm
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I'm not sure that sandy bridge was supposed to perform any faster than the 9xx series clock for clock. Where sandy bridge wins is thermals, energy efficiency, and clock speeds I definitely agree that it isn't a viable upgrade for a 9xx user though.
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Intel themselves said it is barely an upgrade for 9xx series owners.
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Good self-justification for upgrading to sandy bridge. I don't plan to upgrade until octa core comes out. I'm content right now with my hexa core.
    
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Uhhhh...maybe because those games aren't exactly cpu intensive.

2600k is way faster than a 920, plus it runs cooler, and overclocks higher.
    
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Uhhhh...maybe because those games aren't exactly cpu intensive.

2600k is way faster than a 920, plus it runs cooler, and overclocks higher.
Sure a stock 2600k at 3.4Ghz is faster than a stock 920 @ 2.66Ghz. But if you over clock them to the same levels at 4+ Ghz, the 2600k and 920 are virtually identical. Show me a gaming benchmark that says otherwise.

Most gaming sites aren't getting 2600k's past 4.6Ghz which is essentially what I have my 920 at. If I got a 2600k up to 5Ghz I'd maybe see a 5-10% increase.
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If you upgraded from an i7 to sandy bridge then you wasted money. Why would you do such a thing? Did you expect there to be more of an improvment? Didnt you read about it first?
    
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Sure a stock 2600k at 3.4Ghz is faster than a stock 920 @ 2.66Ghz. But if you over clock them to the same levels at 4+ Ghz, the 2600k and 920 are virtually identical. Show me a gaming benchmark that says otherwise.

Most gaming sites aren't getting 2600k's past 4.6Ghz which is essentially what I have my 920 at. If I got a 2600k up to 5Ghz I'd maybe see a 5-10% increase.
You forget that not everyone is into overclocking their hardware.
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You forget that not everyone is into overclocking their hardware.
You're on OVERCLOCK.net....
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case closed haha
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