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Upgrading Core i7 960

I've been looking at mid range CPUs and they seem to have the same stats as my current i7 960. Is it worth upgrading? Would there be any noticeable difference?

Ian.
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  1. What mobo do you have?
  2. TBC1 said:
    What mobo do you have?


    Gigabyte X58-OC
  3. Well, if you want to get a better performance cpu then you will most definitely have to upgrade your mobo.
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    There really isn't much point, only a 20-30% increase if you buy the latest and greatest. You have a top-performing CPU already. If you haven't overclocked it you can easily match the performance of any of the non-overclocking i7s.

    I upgraded from an i7-950 @ 3.85Ghz to an i7-4770k @ 4.3Ghz, not much noticeable difference in most things. I wanted the intel SATA III controller for my SSDs versus the intel SATA II on my X58 board (the two port marvell SATAIII showed less performance per channel when two drives were hooked up)

    Might be worth it to wait for Broadwell, or the chip after that in 2015 which will have yet another new socket.
  5. Yeah, I am aware of that - but is it worth upgrading atm? (including upgrading my mobo)
  6. magoojy said:
    Yeah, I am aware of that - but is it worth upgrading atm? (including upgrading my mobo)


    If it's performing fine right now then there's no need to upgrade.
  7. Quad core with hyperthreading will last a while in the gaming world. You can always invest in a GPU to improve gaming performance. Aren't many games that require as much as an i7 to run well. Keep in mind that game developers almost always target the mid-range consumer to increase their user base. X58 was the premium of 3-4 years ago.

    On Tom's hierarchy charts the i7-960 shows up in the second tier. General rule of thumb is to upgrade when you are 4 tiers or more behind.
  8. magoojy said:
    TBC1 said:
    What mobo do you have?


    Gigabyte X58-OC


    The only path for upgrade that would make sense would require a new motherboard and processor, and likely you would not notice much difference. What you should tell us is what you use your computer for. It makes a lot of difference in answers to your question.
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