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March 20, 2013 2:08:39 PM

My current CPU is a first generation i7 950 paired with a 680 GTX.

Is this CPU sufficient enough for that GPU? I'm looking to SLI and I'm not sure if my current processor will be able to handle it.

Should I upgrade now? Or would I be better off waiting for Intel's Haswell processors before upgrading and SLIing?

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March 20, 2013 2:22:47 PM

Wait.

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March 20, 2013 2:23:18 PM
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If you refer to Tom's CPU hierarchy Intel's Ivy Bridge i5/i7 processors are two tiers faster than your current CPU. Now while upgrading now to an Ivy Bridge 3570K/3770K would net you on average ~20-35% speed increase (IIRC) I have to say that with as close as we are to the Haswell CPUs being released you might as well wait a little longer to upgrade.

As for going with SLI on your 950, yes you could do it but I'd wait until you get a new processor as your GPU is already heavily outweighing your CPU. I'd only tell you to go with SLI now if you're doing multi-monitor or want to turn AA up really high.
March 20, 2013 2:34:00 PM

s3anister said:
If you refer to Tom's CPU hierarchy Intel's Ivy Bridge i5/i7 processors are two tiers faster than your current CPU. Now while upgrading now to an Ivy Bridge 3570K/3770K would net you on average ~20-35% speed increase (IIRC) I have to say that with as close as we are to the Haswell CPUs being released you might as well wait a little longer to upgrade.

As for going with SLI on your 950, yes you could do it but I'd wait until you get a new processor as your GPU is already heavily outweighing your CPU. I'd only tell you to go with SLI now if you're doing multi-monitor or want to turn AA up really high.


Thanks for the info. I've been totally out of the loop with hardware. I shall hold off with SLI then and wait for their new CPUs.

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