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Will I see an improvement in games with i7 980x ?

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January 27, 2011 8:52:54 AM

Hi all, I have an overclocked i7 930 at 4.2 ghz at moment but have been offered a cheap 980x off a mate.
I only really use my pc for gaming is it worth the change in processor?
My monitor is Dell U2711 at 2560 x 1440 .
Will my EK waterblock fit?

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a b à CPUs
January 27, 2011 9:14:51 AM

the waterblock will fit, but I really can't imagine it making a difference.

What games do you play? It may help some RTS games, but little else.
January 27, 2011 9:16:42 AM

mainly just first person shooters. will any games coming up use the extra cores like Crysis 2 or that new shooter from id can't remember the name
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January 27, 2011 9:18:09 AM

a b à CPUs
January 27, 2011 10:47:34 AM

I very much doubt it.
a b à CPUs
January 27, 2011 11:24:39 AM

FSX will use the extra cores.Perhaps he is trying to pawn it off to you at a discount to get a better gaming CPU like the i7-2600K instead
January 27, 2011 5:58:21 PM

No visible difference in gaming at the highest resolution your monitor may support.
a b à CPUs
January 28, 2011 9:55:54 PM

In 99% of games? No
a b à CPUs
January 29, 2011 12:04:31 AM

You won't see a performance difference in games. 980x will only stand out if you use apps that able to make use of its cores. Eg like quad threaded applications.

What will make a difference if you get a good gpu or add another.

Did you see the OP config?!
twin 480gtx
128gb ssd
if they can get the 980x cheap then
it really complete his setup

a b à CPUs
January 29, 2011 12:26:27 AM

dont need a turbo on a Porsche motor but they got them LOL
a b à CPUs
January 29, 2011 9:12:35 PM

thats what makes it go wrooooooooooom fast lol

Take away the Turbo and you sit with a expensive VW


My point was the OP system is pretty sweet as is and if they got
the money for the 980x then why not go all out?
With water cooling that 980x will SCREAM
That rig even with SandyBridge and all with the 980x
is good for the next five years.
In a year or two sell of the 480s and goto whatever is the hot cards at the time.
I guess it would be 680s if Nvid sticks with standard naming.
a b à CPUs
January 29, 2011 9:15:01 PM

still won't perform better than he's current setup. What will make his pc perform better is to put that ssd on a Pci-e card in a raid setup. He won't have use for the 980x unless he's into video editing in a huge way

IMHO The more cores and threads you can run the better no
matter how you use your system.
The OS at the very least will run smoother.
Remember typically there is about 500 threads running at any one time.