I7 930 or i7 950 for Flight Sim/Gaming

Folks,

I have an existing i7 930 proc (D0 Rev) and wondering if I will see a performance gain in flight sim with a new i7 950 3.06. I do plan to watercool and overclock, with a goal of stability at 4.0Ghz. Which is the better choice? Of course the 930 I own, but is it worth spending the money for a new chip?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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  1. I know of people who've reached 4GhZ with the 930, so it may be worthwhile trying with that. Of course it ought to be easier to get the 950 to these speeds, although that isn't always the case in practice.
  2. Watercooling is by no means necessary to reach a 4 Ghz OC. It's quite easy to do with a decent board, most CPU's will make it, some won't, memory may be the reason some don't. Here's what ya need:

    1. A 920, 930 or 960
    2. DR3-1600 memory, decent brand.
    3. Enthusiast MoBo w/ good power regulation
    4. A quality brand PSU, w/ stable power.
    5. A good air cooler

    I'd stick to the 930 with one of the top three coolers here:

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=15

    And follow the OC directions here:

    http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?id=20081220191040237&board_id=1&model=P6T+Deluxe&page=1&SLanguage=en-us

    BCLK of 200
    CPU Multiplier of 20 x 200 = 4 Ghz
    Memory Multiplier of 8 x 1200 = 1600 MHz

    I'd start at a BCLK of 160 and see how high you can go.
  3. PC4CAB said:
    Folks,

    I have an existing i7 930 proc (D0 Rev) and wondering if I will see a performance gain in flight sim with a new i7 950 3.06. I do plan to watercool and overclock, with a goal of stability at 4.0Ghz. Which is the better choice? Of course the 930 I own, but is it worth spending the money for a new chip?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.


    If you already have a Core i7 930 chip, no. :non:

    It would be just a waste of money for getting a cpu thats practically the same of what you already own.

    they all over clock to about the same point so might as well overclock the one you have to as high as you can go until 4GHz.
  4. What particular difference do you see between them to ask this.? Both are virtually the same chips with one having a higher default clock speed.. But that also should not matter to you as you've overclock plans.. Stick with your 930..
  5. I agree stick with the same 930.However if you're really obsessed with flight sims and other hard core type gaming you might want to look closely at the upcoming Sandybridge CPU's which are coming out very soon,check their performance benchmarks (against OC 930's) and consider building another system should Sandybridge prove to have substantial improvements over the i7 930 especially when over clocked.We may even get surprised (or not) by AMD's bulldozer CPU's too.
  6. Thanks guys... Appreciate the advice. Going to stick with my 930 for now.
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