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I7-2600K vs i7-2700K

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October 26, 2011 2:24:23 PM

So my question is, would a 2700K be capable of higher overclocking performance than a 2600K? I'm new to overclocking and I'm sticking with air cooling, so I'll be making sure to stay well within the margin of stability.

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October 26, 2011 2:41:18 PM

Not impossible if the 2700K is a "higher binned 2600K", but the difference could be minimal as it's probably exactly the same innards with a higher base multiplier. BTW, depending on what you want to do with the PC, 2600K might already be a waste of money (ex: for gaming the difference between 2500K and 2600K is minimal to none).
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October 26, 2011 2:44:05 PM

I do highly multithreaded 3D rendering (with Mental Ray, uses 100% of CPU) and I'm looking to get as much power as I can out of a $300-$400 CPU. What does "higher binned" mean?
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October 26, 2011 2:46:37 PM

it means better parts. if you are looking to overclock a lot it will probably help squeeze out a few hundred mhz.
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October 26, 2011 2:50:16 PM

So if the 2700K comes from a better stock than the 2600K, then it will be more stable while overclocking?
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October 26, 2011 3:07:12 PM

Not to mention, 2700k has lower stock voltage. Cant wait to get some reviews on it...
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October 26, 2011 3:07:50 PM

the only difference i found in 2600k vs 2700k is that 2700k is only 100mhz faster.
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October 26, 2011 3:28:34 PM

Thanks for the help everyone. I also found this someone posted in another thread useful:
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I've been considering going Sandy Bridge for a while now and I'd like to achieve safe stable 24/7 clocks in the upper 4's to 5 Ghz if possible. Could I do that on a 2600K? Yea, probably. But to me a "safe stable 24/7 clock" is one that passes significant time on prime 95 (10+ hours) and never exceeds 70-72 on the cores. I have a much better chance of achieving that with a 2700K than 2600K.
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October 26, 2011 4:45:10 PM

IG-64 said:
I do highly multithreaded 3D rendering (with Mental Ray, uses 100% of CPU) and I'm looking to get as much power as I can out of a $300-$400 CPU.
Might be out of your budget, but for that usage have you considered the i7-970/980? They are in the 550$ range, but a hexa-cores (6 cores) and support triple-channel memory. Or you could also wait for the i7-3930K (Ivy Bridge) also a 6 cores, but that will support quad-channel memory also, but possibly ~600$.
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October 26, 2011 5:46:16 PM

Zenthar said:
Might be out of your budget, but for that usage have you considered the i7-970/980? They are in the 550$ range, but a hexa-cores (6 cores) and support triple-channel memory. Or you could also wait for the i7-3930K (Ivy Bridge) also a 6 cores, but that will support quad-channel memory also, but possibly ~600$.

Yes, I'm getting other parts for a new rig as well, so that's out of my budget. Plus I would really prefer Sandy Bridge over Gulftown. As much as I want to get an Ivy Bridge, I think my best bet is going to be the i7-2700K right now. Then I have the option of getting a separate Ivy Bridge rig later on down the road when I have the cash, so I can run both with network rendering. For now my current goal is to have a new build within the month.

Thanks for your help. :) 
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November 5, 2011 12:15:44 AM

Best answer selected by IG-64.
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