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Intel Core i7 860 vs. Intel Core i7 920

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October 30, 2009 7:16:14 PM

I have recently decided to build a computer on Black Friday, and I have changed my plans on builds over the past couple of months. Originally, it was going to be an i7 920 - then it moved to an i5 - and then I realized they had the Core i7 860, which is newer and manages to use less power.

Currently, I'm sold on the 860. However, my brother, who will also be building a computer - said that he read 920 was better for overclocking, which is what I was planning.

So, what do you guys think? If I'm overclocking, should I go with the Core i7 860 - or 920. And if one or the other, are there any preferable motherboards? Do you recommend Asus?

Thanks! ;) 
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October 30, 2009 7:41:53 PM

Id go for i7 920 cause it over clocks like a champion, and the x58 mobos will support i9 and p55s wont.

Asus are great motherboards!

I used to use them exclusive, but now I use alot of Gigabyte also, because
gigabyte are more Mac friendly, and I like to dual boot Snow leopard and Win 7.
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October 30, 2009 8:37:05 PM

Here is a good review:
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=364...

"Perhaps this is a bit anticlimactic, but the Core i7 860 performs exactly where you'd expect it to. It's faster than a Core i5 750, faster than a Core i7 920 and slower than a Core i7 870. As I noted in The Lynnfield Follow Up, overclocking is much easier on Bloomfield (LGA-1366) thanks to the absence of an on-die PCIe controller. It's not impossible on Lynnfield, it's just effortless on Bloomfield.

My recommendations from the initial Lynnfield review still stand, you'll want to opt for Bloomfield processor if you care about:

1) High-end multi-GPU performance (or other uses of high bandwidth PCIe)
2) Stock Voltage Overclocking
3) Future support for 6-core Gulftown CPUs

In terms of cost effectiveness however - the Core i7 860 is the way to go. With cheaper motherboards and higher operating frequencies than a Core i7 920, for the majority of users the 860 will be the better pick. Here's where the discussion gets interesting however."
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October 30, 2009 8:52:05 PM

i7 902 and Asus P6T series mobo.... fantastic performance at stock and even better when overclocked
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October 30, 2009 9:23:46 PM

ulysses35 said:
i7 902 and Asus P6T series mobo.... fantastic performance at stock and even better when overclocked


This is what I was originally planning, but plans change ;) . I may have to go back to this plan, if what most of you are saying is true.

Do you guys expect Black Friday to carry good deals on the i7's and the P6T?
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October 30, 2009 10:16:02 PM

Just my small 2 cents.. the 860 overclocks well with less power consumption. Most definately not as high as the D0 920, but it can get a decent amount on air.
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October 30, 2009 10:33:48 PM

Frankly, it seems that when it comes down to the P55/i7 860 vs the X58/i7 920 solution, it makes more sense to spend a little more to go the X58 route. A good X58 board like the AsRock X58 Extreme doesn't cost too much more than a good P55 one, and the price gap between a 6GB Tri-Channel kit and a Dual Channel 4GB kit has narrowed quite a bit. What you get in return for the relatively small amount of extra cash is a much more premium platform, that'll likely offer more expandability in the future.
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October 31, 2009 2:51:32 AM

IMO the biggest gain from going i7 has, ironically, nothing to do with the i7 itself, it's the upgradability to i9 provided by the LGA1366 socket. I must admit there is one thing I hate above all on the new iX series, it's the socket segregation between mid and high level.
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October 31, 2009 2:52:15 AM

I appreciate all the advice. It appears from your posts, that 860 may be a newer product - but not made for newer/future technology.

Looks like you guys have convinced me to go the X58 route. Imma go with the old route, the i7 with the P6T Deluxe V2. Thanks to everyone ;) 
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October 31, 2009 3:07:42 AM

crosscut49 said:
It appears from your posts, that 860 may be a newer product - but not made for newer/future technology
There is still no news about a potential 6 cores LGA1156; it could be possible, but unfortunately only speculative right now.
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November 27, 2009 6:46:02 AM

crosscut49 said:
This is what I was originally planning, but plans change ;) . I may have to go back to this plan, if what most of you are saying is true.

Do you guys expect Black Friday to carry good deals on the i7's and the P6T?




Only deal's I have yet to see for the i7 for Black Friday came from:
http://www.dealighted.com/main/page/comment/Intel_Core_i7_920_2_66GHz_LGA1366_Quad_Core_Processor_258_99_Free_Shipping_at_SuperBiiz_com_eWiz_com_186584


If you are looking for just the core i7 Processor: (In this case Retail is actually cheaper then OEM)
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920BOX

Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz LGA1366 Quad-Core Processor $258.99 Free Shipping, Nov. 24 1 PM

SuperBiiz.com (eWiz.com) has the Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Quad Core Desktop Processor (RETAIL) for $257.99 after
$30 off Coupon Code: BFCPU30 (Exp 11/30). Free Shipping. Tax in CA.
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