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Which is more powerful, intel i7 860 or phenom II x4 965BE

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May 23, 2010 11:01:44 AM

Hello everyone,
I am going to buy a new rig. which is more powerful amd phenom II x4 965 BE and phenom II x6 or intel i7 860.

1.which is more powerful at stock frequency.

2.What are their overclocking capabilities.

3.Which is faster at 3.8 ghz oc.

4.My priority is gaming.

Thanks in advance

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May 24, 2010 11:33:19 PM

The i7 is more powerful. Currently, I own a 955 BE, and I'm very satisfied with it, but with the prices i've seen lately on i7's, theres no reason not to. Personally, I'd rather buy a i7 920 or 930 for a similar price, considering socket 1366 is superior in gaming. It enables the option of having mulitple GPU's, but i'm not sure what route you're taking. I just bought a 930 at micro center for $199.00. Oc ability is fantastic.
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May 24, 2010 11:54:21 PM

I agree that the I7 is definitely the best and the 920 or 930 are better options and to answer the questions:
1. The I7
2. All are good but varies from chip to chip and on the motherboard colling etc
3. That would be a pointless comparison
4. Unless you are running some serious graphics card or cards all of these processors are overkill and will not run games any better than much cheaper processors.
Also remember the intel motherboards are alot more expensive than AMD ones and budget AMD boards are generally still packed with features.
Just out of interest why are you considering the i7 860 instead of the 920?
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May 25, 2010 5:12:27 AM

simon12 said:
I agree that the I7 is definitely the best and the 920 or 930 are better options and to answer the questions:
1. The I7
2. All are good but varies from chip to chip and on the motherboard colling etc
3. That would be a pointless comparison
4. Unless you are running some serious graphics card or cards all of these processors are overkill and will not run games any better than much cheaper processors.
Also remember the intel motherboards are alot more expensive than AMD ones and budget AMD boards are generally still packed with features.
Just out of interest why are you considering the i7 860 instead of the 920?


i am not considering 920 becasue i do not need 2 x16 pci bandwidth and triple channel memory.
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May 25, 2010 7:27:23 AM

I'd go with the i7 860 over the i7 930. The i7 860 is faster because of it's greater Turbo Boost at stock, and at 3.8GHz will beat the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition at 4.0GHz or even more I'd say. The Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition C3 stepping will reach around 4.0GHz, while the i7 860 would probably be on average max out at 3.8GHz. (both on air cooling)

I'd just go with the i5 750 2.66GHz, overclock it to 3.8GHz, see the same performance as the i7 860 at 3.8GHz and use that $100 on a graphic card, unless you are getting the i7 from MicroCenter.
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May 25, 2010 11:53:42 AM

Lmeow said:
I'd go with the i7 860 over the i7 930. The i7 860 is faster because of it's greater Turbo Boost at stock, and at 3.8GHz will beat the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition at 4.0GHz or even more I'd say. The Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition C3 stepping will reach around 4.0GHz, while the i7 860 would probably be on average max out at 3.8GHz. (both on air cooling)

I'd just go with the i5 750 2.66GHz, overclock it to 3.8GHz, see the same performance as the i7 860 at 3.8GHz and use that $100 on a graphic card, unless you are getting the i7 from MicroCenter.


how will i7 be on maximus iii formula vs on a asus p7p55d deluxe or pro
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July 26, 2010 12:55:11 PM

Best answer selected by ruffandruff.
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