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sb is not for overclockers.........if you wanna have fun overclocking, buy a 920....if you want to go fast on air....buy sb
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Without a decent water cooling setup, i7 overclocking maxes out pretty quickly. Sandy Bridge provides clockspeeds on par with top water cooled i7's (and then some).

It isn't much of an upgrade path from an i7 and yet you will see a lot of members here going that route.

I personally don't have the time or patience to build a serious custom loop but would like to have 4.5 ghz or so with hyperthreading.

Imagine how many buyers that have never overclocked anything suddenly being able to get a significant performance boost in one easy step.

Smart move on Intel's part...
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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
Without a decent water cooling setup, i7 overclocking maxes out pretty quickly. Sandy Bridge provides clockspeeds on par with top water cooled i7's (and then some).

It isn't much of an upgrade path from an i7 and yet you will see a lot of members here going that route.

I personally don't have the time or patience to build a serious custom loop but would like to have 4.5 ghz or so with hyperthreading.

Imagine how many buyers that have never overclocked anything suddenly being able to get a significant performance boost in one easy step.

Smart move on Intel's part...
I have a 920 D0 at 4.55Ghz on air. I was just saying that even if I got a 2600k up to 5Ghz, I'd have at most 5-10% gaming performance boost.
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I'd be onboard just for the energy efficiency numbers I'm seeing. If I had the money, I'd be going Intel right now.
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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.
I do notice that some benchmark sites are not setting these chips to the same clocks so it skews results in the 2600k favor.

The main thing I see is that most 920s are not going to come close to 4.6ghz on air. 2600ks...well 4.6ghz...even the weaker retail D1s can easily get this on air. 5.0ghz on air with a D1 would have to be a rare golden chip type deal.

But come on, when these games(mostly console ports at that) require over 5ghz on a 2600k to run nicely(few years from now maybe?), much better hardware will be out...and socket 1155 will be obsolete.
    
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I think that the OP is simply worried that now that SB is out, his CPU won't cut it anymore or is considered "old tech". I would bet money I got that right, even though he won't admit it.

Anyway, an i5/i7 will last a very long time down the road as a gaming CPU, be it based on Nehalem or SB.

Even a nice Core 2 Quad or Phenom II X4 will last years as gaming chips.

So, if that's what's bothering you, don't bother.
Edited by PanicProne - 1/9/11 at 6:21pm
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Ya. I've thought about it for a little while, and I've come to the conclusion it's not worth the money, or time and effort to find a buyer for my current rig to go SB. I'll wait to see what IB has to offer, and see what Bulldozer is all about!
 
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keep your 1366, you'd be a fool to switch to SB for gaming, waste of money
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Originally Posted by PanicProne View Post
I think that the OP is simply worried that now that SB is out, his CPU won't cut it anymore or is considered "old tech". I would bet money I got that right, even though he won't admit it.

Anyway, an i5/i7 will last a very long time down the road as a gaming CPU, be it based on Nehalem or SB.

Even a nice Core 2 Quad or Phenom II X4 will last years as gaming chips.

So, if that's what's bothering you, don't bother.
Eh? I am not worried about "old tech". I was thinking about upgrading to Sandy Bridge but did some digging to find out that I would barely be getting any performance benefit. I am just saying that SB is the way to go for a completely new PC, but for current 9xx owners that have good over clocking chips, theres not much performance to be gained by upgrading to SB.
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I'm sticking with my existing i5 750 and i7 860 gaming rigs, and my Q9550 based workstation is still more than fast enough even at stock speeds for my web and imaging workflow. I don't bother replacing gaming processors or GPUs unless they can't keep up with my monitor's refresh rate.

Seeing that I have 254 titles on Steam that all work perfectly on my current systems (curse those sales and my poor impulse control) and of those at least 200 are still waiting to be played. So it is going to be a loooooong time before any upgrades happen for gaming purposes. The Folding at Home machine is another matter all together, if I could have a more efficient and faster CPU for folding then sign me up as electricity costs add up over time easily justifying an upgrade.
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