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I7-920 to i7960 - would i notice a difference for gaming?

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November 12, 2010 1:46:33 PM


I've currently got a stock i7-920 (not oc'd) that I use in a system for gaming. I predominantly play World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 on the system with most settings on high. I've "heard" that both Blizz games tend to be mostly dependant upon cpu capacity for performance.

So here is my question:

Is there much of a difference in moving from a 920 to a 960 cpu for this type of use? I know the 920 is probaby not bad, but I don't mind spending $300 on an upgrade if I'll actually see a difference. I'm not interested in OC'ing my system, so I'm looking at stock 920 vs stock 960.

Any thoughts appreciated and cheers!

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November 12, 2010 1:55:07 PM

lyphe said:
I'm not interested in OC'ing my system, ...

Too bad. The least expensive way to get -960 performance is to invest in a better cooler an OC your system.
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November 12, 2010 1:56:10 PM

The i7 920 is still a beast for the games that you mentioned. Although the i7 960 has a higher clock speed and would give you marginal benefits. Its not something to dish $300 for. Better save and get a Sandy Bridge/Bulldozer later.
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November 12, 2010 2:15:33 PM

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November 12, 2010 2:17:46 PM

Thanks for the vote!
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November 12, 2010 4:20:24 PM

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