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Is Extreme processor worth it without water cooling?

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August 11, 2008 7:58:09 PM

I am saving money to get one of the new Core i7's when they come out and was wondering if it would be worth getting the extreme edition if I wasn't going to have water cooling?

I have had water cooled systems in the past and I stopped using them since one sprang a leak and flushed about $2000 worth of hardware down the toilet.

That was a sad day. :( 
August 11, 2008 8:05:07 PM

It should be fine for air cooling, considering it has an unlocked multiplier, so no worries, unless you overclock to the extreme and require water cooling to have reasonable temps.
August 11, 2008 8:26:28 PM

i would spend $1000 or more on a processor if.....

it did the laundry, dishes, or both.
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August 11, 2008 8:36:40 PM

You have your camp that swears by EE's, then you have people like me and itadakimasu who wouldn't pay $1000 for a processor even if it ran Crysis on very high with full AA.
August 11, 2008 8:57:48 PM

I would never pay for an extreme either.

The current line of CPUs overclock just as good and as high as the Extreme CPUS.

Besides when you up the FSB on a locked multiplier you get a faster overall system then a extreme with a lower FSB.
August 11, 2008 10:57:17 PM

I would, if I could afford it and not give a **** (maybe when I'm a top flight lawyer :p ) (hah, like that'll ever happen :( )
August 11, 2008 11:12:27 PM

I wouldn't bother with an Extreme Edition. Normal CPUs overclock just as well and you will have tons of money left over to upgrade GPUs, PSU, Etc...
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August 24, 2008 12:18:26 PM

Look at what's on the market now: Two processors with identical cores, made on the same production technology, most likely from the same portion of the same silicon wafer. One is labeled Q9650 and cost $550, the other is labeled QX9650 and cost $1050. The differences? The QX has it's mulitiplier unlucked upwards, and it cost $500 more.

You don't need unlocked multipliers to overclock, so makes an "Extreme" processor worth so much more money? Nada.