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Well it's been two years on the same chip and alas it's time to bid farewell and adieu. Right now I am running an i7 920 C0/C1 A.K.A. "The Onion Batch." I am undecided between a 960 (3.2, 4 Cores, 45nm) and 970 (3.2 6 Cores, 32nm) I have since ruled out any possibility of the 2nd Gen i7 just do not want to bother with a new MoBo at this time and by that time Ivy Bridge would have been out about 1 year or so with some pretty sweet 8 Core offerings. I am not upgrading again until 2/2013.

What would you do?
    
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If you really read into the latest Sandy Bridge news regarding the chipset, you'll see there is nothing to worry about. If you're not gonna upgrade until 2013 and dont want SB, then you're pretty much stuck with the 1366 stuff.

Overclock your 920. I had one that ran 4.4GHz 24/7. I since got a 930 then a 950... still can't get 4.4GHz stable.

Your 920 will last fine till 2013 if you don't want SB.
Edited by KOBALT - 2/5/11 at 7:07pm
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If you really read into the latest Sandy Bridge news regarding the chipset, you'll see there is nothing to worry about. If you're not gonna upgrade until 2013 and dont want SB, then you're pretty much stuck with the 1366 stuff.

Overclock your 920. I had one that ran 4.4GHz 24/7. I since got a 930 then a 950... still can't get 4.4GHz stable.

Your 920 will last fine till 2013 if you don't want SB.

I am fine with the X58 chipset and I am not at all paranoid "the sky is falling" about the recent issues with SB. And believe it or not despite my presence here I have since discovered that OC'ing is not my cup of tea.
    
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well if oc is not your cup of tea than you really should wait couple month for SB.
SB OC is ez and with out any trouble.If you want to get started now to upgrade your set up start with a couple of new cards.
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possibly wait for IvyBridge?
    
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possibly wait for IvyBridge?


I have decided I am gong to wait for Ivy before upgrading. I finally set some time aside to read, comprehend and implement the Noobie OC guide. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I was able to get my system stable on my (transplanted) Dell 435MT version i7 920 (C0/C1) chip @ 3.6 stable with turbo boost enabled. This chip ran around 45c 0% inside of it's original OEM case. Since I relocated it I had the temps 33c and at 43c idle with the OC. I have been running Prime for over an hour and the highest temp thus far is 71c.

I admit I am very gun-shy about increasing the voltage on this chip which would increase temps. This version just runs hotter natively than the D0 and second generation i7's. Right now I am at 1.184v loaded 100%

This is exactly where I wanted to be, now I can put my wallet away until next year this time--maybe?

Thanks OCN members.
    
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i donno it's OCN, always push to the limit. if you want people to tell you stay at 1V then you probably shouldn't post at OVERCLOCK.net
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post #8 of 20
920's are beast i don't think it's really worth it as of yet to upgrade.
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i donno it's OCN, always push to the limit. if you want people to tell you stay at 1V then you probably shouldn't post at OVERCLOCK.net


I never asked anyone to tell me not to go beyond 1v. OC'ing is a risk "I" have to accept because no one here is going to to do jack outside advice and well wishes in the event that something goes awry. You are correct "push it to the limit" that limit is determined by a committee of one, me!

Now with haste dismount from your high horse.
Edited by HrlmWrld - 2/7/11 at 6:36am
    
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Well it's been two years on the same chip and alas it's time to bid farewell and adieu. Right now I am running an i7 920 C0/C1 A.K.A. "The Onion Batch." I am undecided between a 960 (3.2, 4 Cores, 45nm) and 970 (3.2 6 Cores, 32nm) I have since ruled out any possibility of the 2nd Gen i7 just do not want to bother with a new MoBo at this time and by that time Ivy Bridge would have been out about 1 year or so with some pretty sweet 8 Core offerings. I am not upgrading again until 2/2013.

What would you do?
im surprised your running a 71c with a h50 your temps should alot lower
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