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December 28, 2009 4:53:33 PM

hi , ive been told that the i7 860 is better than then i7 920 .. is that true ??
also been told that the 860 is newer cpu then the 920 ...

btw what is the diference between both .. i know one is socket 1156 and the other 1366

im really not sure wich cpu to go .. 860 have great OC capability same as 920 ??? ...

im really confused ... thx for helping me clearing this out ...

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December 28, 2009 5:21:39 PM

The i7-860 is slightly faster both for applications & for gaming (smoother framerates). I think that the 920 is a little faster clock for clock though, once OCed. The 1366 platform is a little better, especially in terms of future upgrades.
December 28, 2009 5:25:17 PM

The 860 IS the newer cpu because it it fits the new 1156 socket type. The i7s on the new socket type are considered the next gen i7's. The next gen i7 processors run cooler

( I've heard of 860's on air cooling @ 4ghz) and I hear they give slightly better performance in games. I am also fairly sure the next gen i7s use less electricity. Also its a 9

dollar difference so I'd say go with the 860. I'm not sure on the price of 1156 mobos compared to 1366 but they've been out for several months now and they should be

reasonable enough.


Hope it helps :) 
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December 28, 2009 8:00:56 PM

but the next cpu gen like i9 will use 1366 no ?
December 28, 2009 8:06:21 PM

i7 860 vs i7 920, there's a $9 difference and your saying to go for the 860?
Someone forgot about:
1. 1366 > 1156
2. Triple-Channel > Dual-Channel

Since he did not give us his budget that is a non-concern, thus we will recommend the i7 920.

What is your budget?
December 28, 2009 8:11:18 PM

i dont think i will notice tripple channel in gaming , so if both system bring me same performance sure i will go with the cheaper ...

but if all the next good cpu will be 1366 maybe i should go 920 ... not sure
December 28, 2009 8:26:24 PM

1366 is a better choice imo. Future ready :) 
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December 28, 2009 9:40:19 PM

Depends on what you want really. If you want performance now and for a few years, it would be mainly the graphics card so the 860 would be the better buy considering the cost. But if you look at the future, you need to know that what stands for today does not stand for tomarow. I had once thought that my Petnium 4 at 3.6ghz is enough for anything, 4 years later, i can barely run anything remotely modern.

I personally have a 920 but I plan for it to run me through college and whatever high level schooling i need to get whatever job or career. That would last at least 4 -6 years, meaning i could by then upgrade to affordable 6-8 cores with a bios update or something by then...

December 28, 2009 11:03:24 PM

I went I7 860 on a a Gigabyte P55-UDR3. If I had do it all over again I would have went 1366. 3 reasons.

1: The socket issue possibly caused from OC'ing on the 1156, Currently @ 3.4 stock voltage , would like to go higher but afraid of socket burning wiping out MB and CPU.

2: SLI/CF getting 2 PICE slots @ 16x on 1366

3: Triple channel ram (not sure if this would make any difference for me.

Going 1366 route may have cost 100$ more but in the end I would have felt like I made the right choice.

Im very happy with the performance at 3.4 but I beleive I would be OC'D faster on the 1366. Hope this helps.


December 29, 2009 1:15:58 AM

yea , i was thinking of going to the 860 cause i was 100$ short .. but i replaced the p6t for a Asus rampage II gene wich is 100$ cheap and have good sound card on it 2x 16x pci and its 1366 .. so my problem is solved ...

:) 
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December 29, 2009 4:06:49 AM

thats a nice board you got. exact same one as me... Have fun with it!! And btw, its sorta cramped so make sure you plan way ahead before adding stuff to it...

December 29, 2009 6:28:15 AM

well the 860 is a better processor than the 920 but the 920 runs on a better platform. The 860 is a 1156 cpu which means it runs on dual channel memory and only has 16 lanes of pci express bandwidth (meaning in sli or crossfire each gpu would run on 8 lanes) however it has better turbo boost and runs cooler than the 920 and it is also faster than the 920 at stock frequency and still benefits from hyperthreading. The 920 on the other hand while not a better processor does run on a better platform, you get triple channel memory, two pci express slots both at 16 lanes (on an x58 mobo) and in some cases the abilty to have both crossfire and sli on the same board. before i continue please pay no attention to those who say "the 1366 is more future proof it's as if people never learn,you can never be truly future proof since technology changes all the time and also both sockets were launched at the same time to cater to different markets that does not mean that the 1156 is not going to be developed at the same pace, there is no evidence that supports the theory that somehow the 1366 is a more futureproof platform, sure the gulftown six core cpu is going to come out on the 1366 first but no one can say that it is not eventually going to be made for the 1156 socket as well....it is just the tendency for some people to always want the latest and greatest regardless of whether they need it or not the same people "waiting" to buy hexacores will be the same people who will jump ship the minute they hear about octacores or dodecacores coming out...these people worry more about bragging rights than anything and ought to be ignored....in the end it comes down to the type of usage for gaming you will be fine either way multi gpu solutions will be better in the 1366 however the real world difference between the two platform is negligible, if gaming and mainstream use is the main purpose then the 860 is the way to go, since the cpu runs cooler and the platform cost is cheaper allowing you to save money for what really matters, the gpu (even dual gpu set ups don't take serious performance hit) if heavy multi tasking and video encoding or other cpu intensive tasks are your main concern then the 920 is better since the triple channel ram and better chipset will also provide better mutli tasking abilty.
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December 29, 2009 7:04:43 AM

rooseveltdon said:
well the 860 is a better processor than the 920 but the 920 runs on a better platform. The 860 is a 1156 cpu which means it runs on dual channel memory and only has 16 lanes of pci express bandwidth (meaning in sli or crossfire each gpu would run on 8 lanes) however it has better turbo boost and runs cooler than the 920 and it is also faster than the 920 at stock frequency and still benefits from hyperthreading. The 920 on the other hand while not a better processor does run on a better platform, you get triple channel memory, two pci express slots both at 16 lanes (on an x58 mobo) and in some cases the abilty to have both crossfire and sli on the same board. before i continue please pay no attention to those who say "the 1366 is more future proof it's as if people never learn,you can never be truly future proof since technology changes all the time and also both sockets were launched at the same time to cater to different markets that does not mean that the 1156 is not going to be developed at the same pace, there is no evidence that supports the theory that somehow the 1366 is a more futureproof platform, sure the gulftown six core cpu is going to come out on the 1366 first but no one can say that it is not eventually going to be made for the 1156 socket as well....it is just the tendency for some people to always want the latest and greatest regardless of whether they need it or not the same people "waiting" to buy hexacores will be the same people who will jump ship the minute they hear about octacores or dodecacores coming out...these people worry more about bragging rights than anything and ought to be ignored....in the end it comes down to the type of usage for gaming you will be fine either way multi gpu solutions will be better in the 1366 however the real world difference between the two platform is negligible, if gaming and mainstream use is the main purpose then the 860 is the way to go, since the cpu runs cooler and the platform cost is cheaper allowing you to save money for what really matters, the gpu (even dual gpu set ups don't take serious performance hit) if heavy multi tasking and video encoding or other cpu intensive tasks are your main concern then the 920 is better since the triple channel ram and better chipset will also provide better mutli tasking abilty.


Please read the article from the link given by me before saying 16x PCIE with tri channel is a great advantage compared tp 8x PCIE with dual channel.

The differences are insignificant to the performance at all.

Tri channel will only show great advantage on 6-core+ CPUs and that's why the hardly affordable i7-980x is on LGA1366.

I don't see any advantage on LGA1366 unless you can afford and going to get 6-core+ CPUs in the NEAR futuure.
December 29, 2009 11:36:03 AM

If you want an 1156 platform, I'd say an i5 is the right answer... if you got a little more money than that, you should be looking at an i7 + 1366 platform.
December 29, 2009 1:22:37 PM

andy5174 said:
Please read the article from the link given by me before saying 16x PCIE with tri channel is a great advantage compared tp 8x PCIE with dual channel.

The differences are insignificant to the performance at all.

Tri channel will only show great advantage on 6-core+ CPUs and that's why the hardly affordable i7-980x is on LGA1366.

I don't see any advantage on LGA1366 unless you can afford and going to get 6-core+ CPUs in the NEAR futuure.


i am not disagreeing with you at all personally i would buy the i5 if i had to spend money on an intel chip however when it comes to multi tasking i will stick by what i said, the difference between triple channel and dual channel is very real and apparent, also two pci express slots at 16 lanes each increase performance significantly the difference is as clear as night and day i am not disagreeing with you i personally would reccomend the 1156 any day since i am a value consumer however there is a visible difference between the 1156 and 1366 platforms in performance if far from "insignificant"
December 29, 2009 6:06:55 PM

anyway , i just bought the whole setup .. asus rampage II gene + 6 gig kingston xper 1600+ i7 920 ...

the only thing im not sure is what stepping ill get .. hope its a D0 . the supplier received 50 i7 920 the 15 of december , there is 3 left.. ill get one of these .. probly a D0 since they receive the batch the 15 ...
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December 29, 2009 6:23:30 PM

Most of the i7s sold since late may is D0. Youll be good and congrats on your buy!! Now just save that thing for another 5 years and drop a hopefully cheap 6 core in it lol
December 29, 2009 7:24:12 PM

:)  thx you
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