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Hello all,

I've been debating whether or not to upgrade my rig with a new processor and - you guessed it - I'm curious what input you all would have.

At the moment, these are my specs:

Asus Rampage III Extreme
24g DDR3 Patriot Viper 2 @ 1600mhz
3x GTX 580 SC Edition
1500w Silverstone PSU
and an i7-950 @ 4011ghz

Now.. I could push the 950 a bit higher to around 4.4ghz, but the temps get higher than I'm comfortable with for 24/7 usage. That being said, I'm going to be giving the system a significant cooling upgrade, which is where my dilemma shows up.

Being an enthusiast, and enjoying absolutely every second of reaching a new bench (like many of you here), my mind wanders to the inevitable

"if I can hit 5ghz with my 950 via the new cooling system..... wonder what I'd be able to hit with a 980x or a 990x"

Now I know the 990x is identical to a 980x with a bump in the multiplier, however I figure it must have bump up in the binning as well which means a higher overclock at the same voltages / temps.

The only thing I'm hesitant on, is all this talk about Ivy bridge and LGA 2011. Are these really that close to release? and would it really be more efficient to wait for them considering I'd have to get another top of the line mobo that would support 3x SLI and overclocking.

So I figure, 990x OC'd as high as it can go, vs LGA 2011 which would require a new Mobo *and* Cpu - and god only knows how high intel will price the LGA 2011's top of the line CPU.

I'm leaning toward the 990x myself, considering the overclock on it would be so exceptional, my rig will be solid for some time.

Either way, I still want feedback as I'd much rather not kick myself 2 months from now if intels next gen enthusiast grade cpus blow the i7's out of the water.

Eh.. and comments along the lines of "z0mg 1k for 980-990x is WASTE, i can OC my 920 to blah blah blah" let's save each other's time and skip that.

The point is that, in theory, I should be able to push the overclock that much further on a 990x than I would on a 920. (there are some amazing i7-920's out there, but I sure as hell don't have the luck that those people do)
post #2 of 7
Hmmm, 990X coming in at what, £650, Ivy bridge wont be here until the end of the year pretty much.


That said... You could still get a new board and sandy bridge for less which will probably match if not outperform the 980/990, especially in games coded for 4 threads.
    
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I'm not so sure SB would outperform the 990x @ the same speeds, and with the cooling upgrade I may be able to overclock the 990x past the SB 5ghz sweet spot.

But I hear what you're saying, there are no illusions for me in regards to the SB being the much better buy in terms of performance per dollar.
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I'm not so sure SB would outperform the 990x @ the same speeds, and with the cooling upgrade I may be able to overclock the 990x past the SB 5ghz sweet spot.

But I hear what you're saying, there are no illusions for me in regards to the SB being the much better buy in terms of performance per dollar.
From what i understand the 990x is justa revamped 980x. Your best bet is to look at 980x vs 2600K to get your answer.

Although i really wouldn't buy a 990x unless your planing on keeping it for a few years. But if your pockets are loaded with cash, hey why not.
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From what i understand the 990x is justa revamped 980x. Your best bet is to look at 980x vs 2600K to get your answer.

Although i really wouldn't buy a 990x unless your planing on keeping it for a few years. But if your pockets are loaded with cash, hey why not.
I understand what you mean, but other than ebay which I find to be just a tad risky for a used cpu, 980x prices haven't gone down (literally.. at all..) and if they don't end up going down then there's really not much of a difference in cost between the 980x and 990x.

Now, in terms of the 990x vs the 2600k, if both were overclocked to 5ghz, wouldn't it make more sense to go with the one that has 6cores vs 4? And thats not me being sarcastic, or a smart ass, just asking if you'd go with the 990x if money wasn't an object.

I'm not ruling sandy bridge out, but it would mean new Mobo and new ddr2 ram instead of the 24g of ddr3 I have.

Ultimately, I could just go for 5ghz on the i7-950. Might be possible, not sure yet. If i'm able to hit it without too much stress, I might go for it.
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but if you're doing something without 6 threads support for example, everything, the sandy bridge, processing the same amount of data on 4 cores, will process more per core and bring it ahead of the 6 cores in 90% of applications.

The only real reason I would consider a 990x at this point is folding, and frankly considering that even with a high end board the sandy bridge will be cheaper...

I understand your feelings on it, I wouldn't want to go for the non enthusiast socket either, but I just don't see the viability of spending so much money on (lets be honest) yesterday's tech when it costs so much more than the new top of the line CPUs and might not even be able to outperform.
    
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but if you're doing something without 6 threads support for example, everything, the sandy bridge, processing the same amount of data on 4 cores, will process more per core and bring it ahead of the 6 cores in 90% of applications.

The only real reason I would consider a 990x at this point is folding, and frankly considering that even with a high end board the sandy bridge will be cheaper...

I understand your feelings on it, I wouldn't want to go for the non enthusiast socket either, but I just don't see the viability of spending so much money on (lets be honest) yesterday's tech when it costs so much more than the new top of the line CPUs and might not even be able to outperform.
Yea I suppose you're right.. I appreciate the input, it's why I asked about it here in the first place. Given your response and the others, I think I'll just hang on to the 950 until LGA 2011 is released.

Thanks for all the responses.
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