I7-860 over i7-920

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Originally for my new rig that I'm building next month with the DX11 and W7 release, i was going to get an i7-920 but after seeing today's benchmarks of the i5, should i wait until the i7-860, which will obviously benchmark much better than the 920 for a similar price? Thanks for info! :)
 

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Also has better Turbo and Hyperthreading to boot, but only dual-channel memory which is fine for desktop use.
 

warmon6

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well are you wanting the best now or do you want it to be upgradeable?

If you looking at performance than yeah go for the 860.
Although if your wanting upgrade at cheaper price in the future. then i say the 920.

Im only mentioning this because from what i heard is that the Core I9 will be compatible with the X58 motherboards. So if down the road you need a 6core/12 thread processor you wont need to replace the entire computer. Just a cpu.

Just something to think about.
 

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is Dual Channel memory only available in DDR2? That's what I'm running on my current system...

When is the release date of the i9's anyway?
 

warmon6

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Core I9 sometime 2010. (most say it will be in the 1st half of the year.)


I do believe that the I5 and I7 only use DDR3 ram
 

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"is Dual Channel memory only available in DDR2? That's what I'm running on my current system..."

No, the i7 860 works with DDR3 memory only, dual channel means the system works best with 2 or 4 sticks of ram, where triple channel wants 3 or 6.

"When is the release date of the i9's anyway?"

Somewhere in 2010 and it will be a six-core and probably cost you 1000 bucks, not that you'll notice the difference while gaming.

By the time six-cores have become the standard your X58 motherboard will probably be hopelessly outdated.
 

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So for example this would be a logical choice for RAM?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146777
 

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It can only take up to 1333MHz speed RAM? Would 6GB be too much?
 

warmon6

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Na. if going for a 64 bit windows the 6 GB would be the sweet spot. if 32 bit windows then yeah that would be to much sence 32 bits only see (rounding up) 4 GB of memory.
 

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"Na. if going for a 64 bit windows the 6 GB would be the sweet spot. if 32 bit windows then yeah that would be to much sence 32 bits only see (rounding up) 4 GB of memory."

But you'll lose dual channel, unless there are 3GB or 1,5GB sticks out there, you see, there are still valid reasons why Intel calls LGA 1366 CPU's "high-end".


P.S. 4GB is enough, even with 64bit Windows, that may change a couple of years from now, but right now it's enough.
 

warmon6

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He does have a point.
 

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If the sky is the limit then go for LGA 1366 and overclock the 920, it will be better than the 860 (clock for clock of course) with multiple GPU's.

But seriously, 12GB is just a waste of money unless you're building a supercomputer to find the Higgs Particle.
 

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Haha budget isn't really much of my concern, i just would like a rig that blows others away, and i do a shitload of video-gaming editing and hate lagging during that on my current rig its a real problem...plus I'm aiming for 1920x1200 resolution on my next monitor...and yes, finding the Higgs Particle is definitely on my "to-do" list once i build this bad boy.
 

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Check prices, only about $70 difference between similar platforms of i7 920/X58/6GB RAM and i7 860/P55/4GB RAM. Make sure the P55 is a gaming crossfire board with 8x/8x and not the 16x/4x crossfire boards.
 

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