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yeah looks like the 970 will be my pick, along with a classy and 3 580s, all under water, in a tj07, powdercoated green would look nice, going to start ordering now, thanks guys
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because a xeon costs too much?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819117253
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So intel can charge mega bucks for them.Nice how intel is making cpu's now that can't be overclocked at all.Gone are the good old days when you could overclock cheap cpu's for better performance.
Huh? Aren't people saying that SB overclocks very well?
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no its just the client specificaly wanted the i7 processor, im not going to argue with him, so i just said ok, ive made him change his mind on a lot of other things so i was not willing to fight him on that also
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post #35 of 43
When you say "unlocked" how high does it really go, because the multiplier status on my E5200 reads unlocked but it wont go higher than 12.5.
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Unlocked means infinite
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unlocked means what the let you go to. SB was 57x. Pretty sure some are in the 60's, not looking up facts at this sec. They go alot higher and really only take advantage under extreme cooling as in phase and Ln2. That's where they really shine. A 970 can reach what a 980x can not being unlocked. Under Ln2, that whole story will change.
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First of all the percentage of people who actually overclock their CPU is very small, most likely in the single digit percentages. With well over 90% of people running their CPU at stock clocks it is important that AMD and Intel offer CPU's with different clock speeds and different features. It is called tiering.

Basically they are all the same CPU but some people are willing to pay $1000 for a CPU and some people are willing to pay only $100. So what they do is design one CPU, since that is much cheaper than designing multiple desktop CPU's, and then set them at different clock speeds and cut features as they get cheaper. That way the people willing to pay the extra money will more often than not pay for the higher end parts. The people who only want to spend $100 will buy a Celeron.

You can see that with the latest generation Intel has decided to make overclocking one of those tiered features, requiring you to not only buy a higher end model, but buy a certain chipset too, their chipset by the way. It is a shameless money grab that doesn't make a lot of sense in my opinion, as overclockers are a small but vocal set of their customers. They are the ones that recommend to their family and friends what kind of computer to get.

Anyway, with Sandy Bridge the days of buying one of the cheapest model CPU's and overclocking it to match the higher end ones is gone, at least with Intel chips, at least this generation. AMD is dominating the value segment anyway, the under $200 segment.

Hopefully Bulldozer will bring AMD parity, which it sounds like it might, although maybe not clock for clock(sigh), so that Intel can't play these games.
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People buy Extreme edition because they have too much money and don't care where it goes. Just like the people who spend thousands on "free to play" mmorpgs.

Personally I wouldn't buy an Extreme out of spite even if I was rich, because that's lame as hell and I vote with my wallet.
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Its not that great actually....

I went from an Athlon II 250 @3.0ghz to an Intel i5 650 @3.20ghz. Both dual core but the i5 has 4 threads....Intel® Turbo Boost Technology....Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology......

Folding@home was about 2 mins. faster per every 1% completed

I did however notice that when I play Mercenaries 2 (PC), my CPU only went to 50% with the i5. With the Athlon, it went from 99-100% of my CPU. The i7(s) can be VERY expensive over $1000 but I dont think the average or advance user would really need it. Just OC and that will be all you need
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