I'm building a new system, and I've narrowed down my processor to either the i7 920, or the i7 950.
From what I've read, the i7 920 is very overclockable. I've heard a lot of people say that the 920 can easily be overclocked to be faster than the 950. But I'm a little unclear on what this means. Does this mean that a well-overclocked 920 is faster than a not-at-all-overclocked 950, or that a well-overclocked 920 is faster than a well-overclocked 950?
What I'd really like to know is which is the better buy, including the price of cooling equipment, assuming I'm going to do a moderate amount of overclocking?
For reference: the i7 950 is about $295, and the i7 920 is about $240 (used+new) on Amazon.
Both the 920 and 950 are great overclockers, so it just depends on how much money you have to spend. An overclocked 950 will obviously give you better performance than an overclocked 920 if you overclock them by the same amount. Personally, I would go with the 920. Intel's new processors are coming out in January and there's little need to be building a system right now.
having bought the 950, id say the 920 all the way. I have been having a terrible time getting mine stable at even 4.0 and the 920's seem to get there without any trouble at all. Maybe I just got a bunk overclocker but I am bias now. the 950 has not lived up to the hype....
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