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i7 960 3.2 vs i7 950 3.06 level 2 cache difference

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August 12, 2010 6:05:51 PM

Hey guys,

So with FFXIV coming out I have decided to upgrade my computer. The last thing I'm deciding on is between these 2 processors.

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My main concern is the level 2 cache in the 950 and if it really is that big of a difference to sacrifice the 200 ghz of each core on the 960. Now this is mainly for gaming but I also do after effects/cinema 4d projects meaning renders if that changes your response at all.

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August 12, 2010 6:09:44 PM

the 960 has l2 cache, it just isn't shown on the newegg info page... If you know how to overclock though, I would go for the 950.
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August 12, 2010 7:12:36 PM

The i7-920, 930, 940, 950, 960, 965, and 975 all have exactly the same cache and cores (with minor differences due to stepping). The only real difference is clocks.
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August 12, 2010 8:02:05 PM

delluser1 said:
I7-930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spend some of the money you save on a good cooler, big air or an LCS, and overclock to either of those speeds or higher with relative ease.

You'll have a bunch of cash leftover for another upgrade


Yeah looks like I'll just get the 2.8. Also heard same advice from a friend who asked a guy at his work about it. Any specific heatsink you'd recommend?
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August 12, 2010 9:30:33 PM

tendersauce said:
Any specific heatsink you'd recommend?

Kind of hard to say without knowing your case and MB, but here are a few good options

A Megahalem
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/prmeforinso7.html

Or Venomous X
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thvexcpuco.html

With a couple of good fans
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/scge120mmsic2.html

Or one of the liquid coolers like the Corsair H50 ( there's a newer H70 that comes with a thicker rad and dual fans ) or Coolit ECO

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